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I'm using mint (debian edition) and the default desktop is Gnome. There is an option in the mint control center where you can enable tapping with the touchpad, and I have this enabled. The problem is I don't use Gnome. I use fluxbox and it appears anything outside of gnome (Fluxbox, Xorg, etc...) won't allow me to tap with the touchpad to select things. I did some forum searching and found the following command sort of fixed the issue. The command was "synclient TapButton1=1 TapButton2=3 TapButton3=2"
Now I'm able to tap and select with fluxbox, but not Gnome. I need to be able to select things with the touchpad in Gnome as well because I won't be the only user for this machine. Anyone know how to undo what I did or at least correct it in such a way I can tap to select in Gnome and Fluxbox?
I did some more searching and found I may be screwed. Everyone seems to imply Gnome has its own way of doing things with config files. I have my xorg config files all setup as everyone says and the touchpad works in ever other window manager except gnome. Is this how it is?
Sudo gives you Admin preveiliges, but still it is only on your account, you can get back to normal configuration If you add a new user. You didn't change anything in Kernel so don't worry, add a new user, backup your data, and in new user account you will see that the Touchpad works fine, some times it needs a new driver installation but it will take a minute or so.
Maybe Logout and see If the touchpad works correctly on the other account?
Adding new account will help you will see.
If I wanted to restore my original account without the hassle of creating a new user account and moving files over, what file would I edit to correct the situation?
It only seems limited to Gnome. I'm able to tap with the touchpad in the login manager, fluxbox, and TWM.
Last edited by DupermanDave; 01-13-2011 at 08:47 PM.
I read over a lot of that document and still can't make out why editing one setting would have such a big and irriversable effect. Is the only way to create a new user? Is there no way to edit any other file to fix the changes?
GNOME is designed to be configured through the GUI and can be broken by manually editing config files -- presumably because consistent changes are required across several config files. I know because I broke it