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Old 08-29-2010, 02:12 PM   #1
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synaptics module not loading Xorg+freeBSD 8.1

I've got a Toshbia L455-S5975 laptop, running freeBSD 8.1 with Xorg -version 1.75 or thereabouts.

Touchpad works but not via sto ynaptics, and I'd like to use synclient to turn off this darned auto tapping.

lshal shows no touchpad-like device I could see, so I'm assuimg xorg.conf is the place to be doing this.

re else in mid sentence! Thanks in advance. At this point I've got everything working but this touchpad thing is driving me nuts. Everytime I type, my cursor ends up somewhe

Here's what i think is some relevant output:

$ dmesg | grep psm
psm0: <PS/2 Mouse> irq 12 on atkbdc0
psm0: [ITHREAD]
psm0: model Synaptics Touchpad, device ID 0

$ synclient -l
Couldn't find synaptics properties. No synaptics driver loaded?

$ syndaemon
Unable to find a synaptics device.

My rc.conf file contains:


And here's my xorg.conf file --

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier " Configured"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Synaptics_Touchpad" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"

Section "Files"
ModulePath "/usr/local/lib/xorg/modules"
FontPath "/usr/local/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"
FontPath "/usr/local/lib/X11/fonts/TTF/"
FontPath "/usr/local/lib/X11/fonts/OTF"
FontPath "/usr/local/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/"
FontPath "/usr/local/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/"
FontPath "/usr/local/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/"

Section "Module"
Load "extmod"
Load "record"
Load "dbe"
Load "glx"
Load "dri"
Load "dri2"
Load "Synaptics" # should load synaptics

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Synaptics_Touchpad" #mouse0
Driver "Synaptics" #mouse
Option "Protocol" "psm" #Auto
Option "Device" "/dev/psm0" #sysmouse
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "Monitor Model"

Section "Device"
Identifier "Card0"
Driver "intel"
VendorName "Intel Corporation"
BoardName "Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller"
BusID "PCI:0:2:0"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Card0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 1
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 4
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 8

Last edited by harkonen; 08-29-2010 at 02:26 PM.
Old 09-03-2010, 02:34 PM   #2
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your solution

Hi, harkonen. So what you should do is open a Terminal and log in as root:

bash$ su
<enter root password>

and then run sysinstall...

bash# sysinstall

This takes you to an ncurses menu; select "Configure" and then "Mouse"

If you seriously don't know how your touchpad is connected to your laptop, then trial and error will probably work. On this Toshiba, the magical choice turned out to be ALPS connected as a Bus Mouse, I think.

Accept those changes and get out of sysinstall and then restart X or reboot, whatever's easiest/quickest. Log back in and your touchpad will either be:

1. Not Working
2. Acting exactly the same as before.

Either way, it's actually a Good Thing™

if $1
then go back to sysinstall (see above) and try a different mouse protocol. If you're using Flux or KDE (which I am) then you can do all of this without a mouse. If your computer has virtual consoles that function properly (so far two toshibas I've owned have not) then you can also switch over to a text prompt by hitting control-alt-f2 or f3 or f4.

if $2
then open a terminal and run syndaemon and synclient and configure the things you want. In my case, this was:

bash$ synclient -l
<it lists all available properties of synaptics)
bash$ synclient TapButtonOne=0

or something like that...anyway, it was some property like TapButtonSomething and it was set to "1" meaning "yes, allow a tap to be read as a click" and so I set it to 0 meaning "no, taps are just me putting my finger on the touchpad or the edge of my hand brushing against it and should NOT send my mouse cursor to the other end of the screen AND click there so that I'm typing in an entirely different place than I thought I was."

And that's about it.

Have fun.
Old 10-26-2017, 11:20 PM   #3
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sysinstall -> bsdconfig

Just keeping up on this, but
is now
Old 10-29-2017, 12:51 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by notKlaatu View Post
Just keeping up on this, but
is now
This is a blast from the past. I liked sysinstall.
Old 10-30-2017, 08:02 AM   #5
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It was actually bsdinstall(8) which replaced the old sysinstall in FreeBSD 9.0-release (released about ~ 4 years ago?.

bsdconfig(8) came along in 9.2-release ( and I believe that provided some of the post-install configuration functionality lost in the transition to bsdinstall.

A lot of FreeBSD users missed sysinstall. I don't recall the reasoning or rationale for removing it.

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