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Old 05-25-2013, 10:11 AM   #1
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Question Cannot enable touchscreen (writing to drvctl)


Hello:

I have an old Archos 9 tablet on which I'm installing Mageia 3. So far the system is working *very* well, except that I cannot enable the touchscreen.

On other distros, the enabling process included an rc.local command:

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echo -n "serio_raw" > /sys/bus/serio/devices/serio1/drvctl
However, in this environment the command does not work. The echo command returns an error:

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echo: write error: invalid argument
I've double-checked to ensure that root has write access to the file, but this does not help. Same result.

Anyone have any ideas?
 
Old 05-25-2013, 10:20 AM   #2
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...just a thought...are you root at that time?
Forgive the ignorance...I dont know your distro but do have an Archos 9 (with Mint at the time, but, that's not a MUST)...no touch, though

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Old 05-25-2013, 10:26 AM   #3
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Yes, I made root the owner of the rc.local file.
 
Old 05-25-2013, 11:11 AM   #4
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Yes, I made root the owner of the rc.local file.
...as is required...
Do realise that, at install, the script gives you a choice, the tablet uses a PS/2 (internal) connection to communicate witht he touch screen, these drivers may not be around, as they are not installed...not on mine anyway...

Just sitting here, hoping to pick up some tips to get mine up and running too

By the way, welcome to the forums!

Thor
 
Old 05-25-2013, 11:13 AM   #5
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Thanks for the welcome

Yes, I made sure to select PS/2 as my option.
 
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Yes, I made sure to select PS/2 as my option.
...then, I had an error, saying something about there not being any drivers...so, now, I've got this thing hooked up to a keyboard and mouse, might as well get met a laptop, bigger screen
 
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Giving up now. Extensive research suggests that no current Linux distribution works on the Archos 9. Something in Linux has changed such that drvctl can no longer be written, even by root. So, Linux distros that were previously working on the 9 can no longer use the touchscreen. It's a shame really, because apart from the touchscreen issue Mageia 3 and Bodhi were running beautifully (and fast!) on the 9's limited resources. It was a good experiment but I think we're done here.

Thank goodness it wasn't my primary work computer. Celene is running wonderfully on M3 and I couldn't be happier with it.
 
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...giving up does not have to be a "loser's choice"...it can be a recognising of boundries...

Thanks for this thread, by the way...

Thor
 
  


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