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Old 03-23-2006, 09:19 AM   #1
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touchpad mouse for dell latitude d600 and slackware 10.2

hi just owndering if you could help me configure my lap top to use my touchpad mouse
not that big of a deal cause i hardly use it but when i try to start x when my main usb mouse isn't connected it fails cause it can't find a mouse
Old 03-25-2006, 02:26 PM   #2
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I don't know what type of touchpad you have, but look at my site at

It deals with installing a Alps (Synaptics) touchpad, also has links to the drivers and my xorg.conf file
Old 03-25-2006, 07:08 PM   #3
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Check your BIOS settings for the mouse on your C600. I have a C600 with Slackware / Dropline Gnome that works great without any special settings. I use the IMPS/2 mouse in xorg.conf with a kernel.

There is a BIOS settings that controls how the touchpad works. I always prefer to set it to automatically turn off when I have a PS/2 mouse plugged into the mouse port. When I boot the machine without the mouse connected, the touchpad works fine without any additional drivers. It is clearly explained in the BIOS setting program.

Old 03-27-2006, 03:38 PM   #4
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this is how i set my /etc/X11/xorg.conf to get my touchpad working & my usb mouse. and X starts regardless of usb mouse connectivity. although i haven't worked out scrolling with the touchpad

Section "InputDevice"

Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Buttons" "5"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"


Section "InputDevice"

Identifier "Touchpad"
Driver "mouse"
Option "protocol" "auto"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "HorizontalScrollDelta" "0"


then at the end where it says
Section "ServerLayout"
(this is the key to getting them both to work)

InputDevice "Mouse1" "SendCoreEvents"
InputDevice "Touchpad" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"


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