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Old 06-29-2004, 03:08 AM   #1
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Synaptics touchpad with kernel 2.6.7


I followed all instructions for the synaptics driver on ttp://

However, I am getting an error when starting X: (only relevant part from /var/log/XFree86.0.log)

(II) Keyboard "Generic Keyboard" handled by legacy driver
(II) Synaptics touchpad driver version 0.13.3
Synaptics Mouse no synaptics event device found (checked 5 nodes)
Synaptics Mouse The evdev kernel module seems to be missing
(**) Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Query no Synaptics: 6003C8
(EE) Synaptics Mouse no synaptics touchpad detected and no repeater device
(EE) Synaptics Mouse Unable to query/initialize Synaptics hardware.
(EE) PreInit failed for input device "Synaptics Mouse"
(II) UnloadModule: "synaptics"

I suppose the event handling isn't working, although I compiled this into the kernel (CONFIG_INPUT_EVDEV=y)

The nodes /dev/input/event0 ... /dev/input/event3 ARE THERE, but when I do cat /dev/input/event0 (..3) it gives me:
cat: /dev/input/event0: No such device

Old 07-02-2004, 09:27 AM   #2
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Any specific reason why you think you have a Synaptics touchpad? Is it idenified as such by kernel (dmesg)? Maybe you have an ALPS touchpad instead if Synaptics?
Old 07-03-2004, 10:19 AM   #3
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I already found the solution. Apparently the debian way of compiling a kernel isn't as good as I thought. Everything was configured well in the kernel .config file, but
make-kpkg kernel-image
followed by
dpkg -i kernel-image....
didn't do the job.

I did one "normal" or old-school way of compiling the kernel, and everyting worked like a glove. (make dep, make bzImage, make modules,make modules_install)

I don't recommend doing it the debian way, unless I was doing something wrong...(if you think so, please let me know)

Thanks for your reply



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