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Old 04-09-2010, 05:16 PM   #1
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Elantech Touchpad not recognized on Gigabyte Netbook


I have a Gigabyte M1022M netbook and I was tried to run OpenBSD, Debian Linux as well Archlinux on it with a X-Server.
Everything worked great except the touchpad. It is an Elantech touchpad which should be supported by the Linux Kernel.

After some time I tried to find something like a version or something else to clearly identify the touchpad but the touchpad was not listed in the output of "dmesg". There was also no entry in /proc/bus/input/devices.

My question is now: If dmesg does not recognizes a hardware, such as my touchpad, there is no way of running it, isn't it?

Thank you!
Old 04-11-2010, 01:04 AM   #2
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Are you sure it really works? If it is functional, there is no reason it shouldn't show up in dmesg.

What does the command 'cat /proc/bus/input/devices' show?

My EeePC has an Elantech touchpad, you should see something like this in the output:
I: Bus=0011 Vendor=0002 Product=000e Version=0000
N: Name="ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad"
P: Phys=isa0060/serio1/input0
S: Sysfs=/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/input/input9
U: Uniq=
H: Handlers=mouse1 event9 
B: EV=b
B: KEY=6420 0 30000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B: ABS=f0003

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Old 04-12-2010, 01:57 AM   #3
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Yes I am sure. Currently is Windows XP (the OS which was pre-installed) on it because my mom is in hospital and she is bored all the time. So I can't access and give the exactly content of /proc/bus/input/devices.
There were 2 Power Button, 1 Standby, 1 „Macintosh mouse button emulation“, 1 LED (whatever...) and some more. But no Elantech that's why I'm so confused.

My EeePC has an Elantech touchpad, you should see something like this in the output[…]
Yes! That is what I supposed because a friend of mine has an EeePC which shows this information.
Due to this I believe that it is not possible to run a different os than Windows on it. Please, I need a confirmation if dmesg really shows every working hardware inside a pc.


Last edited by Squall90; 04-12-2010 at 04:31 PM. Reason: I meant "confirmation" not "conformation", sorry guys~


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