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Old 12-28-2008, 02:37 AM   #1
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Laptop Touchpad works in Fedora, not in any other distro?


I have a Dell XPS M1530. The touchpad works in Windows Vista, the operating system it came with.

I almost immediately uninstalled this of course, replacing it with Linux Mint. The touchpad did not work. Whenever it was touched, the cursor would go crazy, jumping around various places, usually in the bottom left corner of the screen.

I uninstalled Linux Mint, and installed Ubuntu in it's place. The trackpad did the same thing in Mint, Ubuntu, Slackware... But for some reason it worked fine in Fedora.

(Adding i8042.nomux=1 to kernel instructions keeps it from jumping around in distros that it doesn't work, but this is not a fix. The touchpad is then really slow and any options added to it in Xorg.conf are ignored.)

Can anybody explain to me why my touchpad is not working? And why does it magically work in Fedora 10?
 
Old 12-28-2008, 03:41 AM   #2
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I can't explain it yet, but this looks like a missing driver; by looking at /etc/X11/xorg.conf in Fedora, you should be able to determine the module Fedora uses and set the other distributions up likewise.

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Old 12-28-2008, 11:32 PM   #3
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There is none...?
 
Old 12-29-2008, 08:52 AM   #4
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In this case we'll need some experienced Fedora user to tell us where Fedora puts xorg.conf or whatever replacemnt it uses in order to get the relevant information. I'm a Debianite to the core... (no pun intended)

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Old 12-29-2008, 09:28 AM   #5
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All indications are that the synaptics driver needs to be loaded and the configuration for the trackpad set..

http://www.megalinux.net/dell-xps-m1...untu-trackpad/

http://www.hotelchaletpuigdefabregas...xps-m1530.html
 
Old 12-30-2008, 08:51 PM   #6
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Like I said, any options I add to Xorg.conf are not getting picked up at all.
 
Old 12-30-2008, 11:00 PM   #7
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and the synaptics driver is loaded ?

lsmod | grep synaptic

Code:
debianetch:~# aptitude search synaptic
v   gsynaptic                                               -
p   gsynaptics                       - configuration tool for Synaptics touchpad driver of X server
p   ksynaptics                       - Synaptics TouchPad configuration tool for KDE
p   libsynaptics-dev                 - library to access the synaptics touch pad driver (development)
p   libsynaptics0                    - library to access the synaptics touch pad driver (runtime)
p   qsynaptics                       - Synaptic TouchPad configuration tool
i   synaptic                         - Graphical package manager
p   xfree86-driver-synaptics         - dummy package to upgrade to X.Org new modular packages
v   xorg-driver-synaptics                                   -
i A xserver-xorg-input-synaptics     - Synaptics TouchPad driver for X.Org/XFree86 server
 
  


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