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Old 06-25-2006, 05:57 PM   #1
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How To Make Synaptics Touchpad Adjustments?


Got a Dell Inspiron 4100 with FC4. Touchpad is working fine but I'd like to make a few adjustments.

Is there a standard gui or do I have to alter some code somewhere? If someone would kindly point the way, I'd be ever so greatful. Thanks!
 
Old 06-25-2006, 08:22 PM   #2
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It's in the xorg.conf file under pointers.

man synaptic for all the options and what they do.
 
Old 06-25-2006, 10:18 PM   #3
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Okay. What does 'man synaptic' mean and how do I do it?
 
Old 06-25-2006, 10:35 PM   #4
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Open a terminal, and type "man synaptics"

it'll open the man page for synaptics.

Or, any other thing that has a man page

"man X"
 
Old 06-25-2006, 11:04 PM   #5
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The command is actually
Code:
man synaptics
and you type that at the command line... Konsole if you run KDE or Terminal if you run GNOME.

It's great for learning what the options are, but the values are a different story. In my manual it gives an explanation of everything I can use but doesn't elaborate as to what values would be great. You can try and google for good values for your computer or just use trial and error.

Either way, adjusting those values is going to require manual adjustment of the xorg.conf file. I used to have FC4 and unless something has changed there is not a graphical config for it. My suggestion would be to backup your xorg.conf file
Code:
cd /etc/X11
cp xorg.conf xorg.conf.bak
vim /xorg.conf
all as the root user. If you aren't comfortable with vi/vim.. then use kwrite for kde or gedit for gnome. Look for the section that looks like this:
Code:
Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "Synaptics"
    Driver         "synaptics"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/mouse"
    Option         "Protocol" "auto-dev"
    Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"
    Option         "LeftEdge" "120"
    Option         "RightEdge" "830"
    Option         "TopEdge" "120"
    Option         "BottomEdge" "650"
    Option         "FingerLow" "14"
    Option         "FingerHigh" "15"
    Option         "MaxTapMove" "110"
    Option         "VertScrollDelta" "20"
    Option         "HorizScrollDelta" "20"
    Option         "MinSpeed" "0.3"
    Option         "MaxSpeed" "0.95"
    Option         "MaxTapTime" "180"
EndSection
and start playing with those numbers. It might not look just like that because that's a clip from my own xorg.conf... but I'm just posting to give you something to look for.

Good Luck... and don't forget to backup that xorg.conf file!

EDIT: Sorry DeusExLinux... was not trying to trump you!! You got there first

Last edited by zetabill; 06-25-2006 at 11:07 PM.
 
Old 06-25-2006, 11:21 PM   #6
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Thanks Zetabill. I appreciate the detail.
 
Old 06-27-2006, 05:15 PM   #7
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ok. When I type man synaptics I'm told there's nuthin.

1. Whasatmean?

2. Where might I find a list of things that can be looked up like that?
 
Old 06-28-2006, 05:36 PM   #8
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Lightbulb GUI synaptics

When Fedora installed the synaptics driver they did not install the manual for it.

The man command is the age-old grandfather of the help file. It's program documentation. Everything that's worth installing on your system has a "man file." (Whether it's installed or not is a different story.) In theory, there should be a man file for every program on your computer that can be issued from the command line... I have noticed, though, that programs that can be called from the commandline, but are meant to be run only in X, that they don't have a command line, but there are help files for those... You would access these manuals by invoking "man <commandname>" .. even man has it's own man page: `man man`

Generally, good drivers have man pages. Fedora just pre-installs it for you.

As far as the man pages that exist, I really don't know the entire answer to that question. I'm sure there is a command-line solution, but I couldn't tell you what it is. When I'm working strictly in command-line, I simply assume that a command has a man page. man grep, man ls, man iwconfig, etc.etc... I don't know about GNOME but in KDE there's a way to list all the man pages in HTML format. In the KDE help center, you can "browse the UNIX manual pages." When you do that, you're actually browsing the same man pages you would get in a command line... and yes, I have used this thing before.... very nice.

As far as your problem with the synaptic driver... I was looking for man pages or some net reference and I actually stumbled upon this:

https://sourceforge.jp/projects/gsynaptics/

which is a GUI driver controller for the synaptics device... much like the one that comes with Windows... The only problem is that it is compiled for Ubuntu, and if you want it, you'll have to compile it for your system and make sure that it works. I only offer that because it is the project's "homepage"

Google:
Code:
gsynaptics fc4 rpm
and you WILL get a bunch of places where you can find fedora rpms for gsynaptics. Find one you like, download it. Open up a terminal, su to root, and go to where you downloaded it.
Code:
yum localinstall gsynaptics*rpm
and you should be all set.

I have to thank you for getting me to look for this... I will start playing with this tonight... hopefully it works as advertised.

Good luck with it!
 
Old 06-29-2006, 04:04 AM   #9
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Touchpad is working fine but I'd like to make a few adjustments.
Use tpconfig?

http://www.compass.com/synaptics/
 
  


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