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Old 12-11-2004, 02:53 PM   #1
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controlling a touchpad

anyone know how to set touchpad controls or an app to do so? im interested in scrolling and perhaps touchzones, where i can tap corners to perform actions, such as browser back.
Old 12-11-2004, 07:06 PM   #2
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I think (but I'm not certain) that these features are not supported universally. What specific laptop (make & model) are you using, and when was it built? -- J.W.
Old 12-13-2004, 12:04 PM   #3
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I think it would be covered in the mouse/touchpad section of the Xfree86 or Xorg conf file if I am not mistaken. There are a lot of options available that most people don't ever enable in there for the devices. It's a start.
Old 12-14-2004, 09:01 AM   #4
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If you have a plain old PS/2 compatible touchpad it's supported right out of the box with a plain kernel and XFree86/, but if you have a Synaptics or Alps touchpad you may want to download the Synaptics driver package. It's available from

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Just a FYI, you might also check out/subscribe to the Debian Laptop mailing list. Even if you don't run Debian, it's still a great resource for info.


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