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Old 03-05-2011, 03:04 PM   #1
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MacBook - getting trackpad scrolling working in Ubuntu Maverick

I have recently installed Ubuntu Maverick on my Macbook.

When Windows was installed I could use the track pad to scroll by moving two of my fingers down the track pad, as could I in OS X.

I have read other articles where people were able to have this functionality working.

Do I need to install something specific or are there any known issues?

Old 03-07-2011, 03:27 AM   #2
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Hi Russell, i'm using a macbook pro. There are quite a few things you need to do to set up your mac to function the way it should while in linux. Here's a link to a websight that very good support for ubuntu and what you'd need, just go down and select the Macintosh computer that corresponds with your model and it will tell you all the steps you need to do and once that's all done, your computer should work right.

For a short answer to your question, the scrolling is one of the easiest things to fix.

go to the "system" menu. To "preferences" then to "mouse". Go to the "touchpad" tab. You want to untick the box next to "enable mouse clicks with touchpad" (this will stop the taping to click that you get with normal touchpads that's plain annoying with the mac pad). Then you will want to select under scrolling, the "two finger scrolling" option. That's it, your touch pad should be right now. Good luck (-:

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Old 03-07-2011, 02:57 PM   #3
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Thanks so much Knightron, you are a life saver.

The link is great, thanks. I didn't find that when I was looking around for getting my MacBook to work smoothly.

I even tried setting the keyboard to USA Macintosh - but that was worse!

Thanks again


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