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Old 09-17-2010, 05:34 PM   #1
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Use a one-button touchpad as a three-buttons touchpad


how can I make a touchpad with only one-button (as Macintosh) works as a three-buttons touchpad?
I have KDE 4.4.3 on Debian Testing (kernel 2.6.32-5-amd64). My notebook is HP pavilion dv3-4010sl.

Basically I configured xorg.conf as a normal touchpad, but I noticed that there is also another device maybe related with the button.
Maybe I have to configure also the last one in xorg.conf?

the following is the output of /proc/bus/input/devices
I: Bus=0011 Vendor=0002 Product=0007 Version=01b1
N: Name="SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad"
P: Phys=isa0060/serio4/input0
S: Sysfs=/devices/platform/i8042/serio4/input/input8
U: Uniq=
H: Handlers=mouse1 event8
B: EV=b
B: KEY=420 10000 0 0 0 0
B: ABS=11000003

I: Bus=0017 Vendor=0001 Product=0001 Version=0100
N: Name="Macintosh mouse button emulation"
P: Phys=
S: Sysfs=/devices/virtual/input/input0
U: Uniq=
H: Handlers=mouse0 event0
B: EV=7
B: KEY=70000 0 0 0 0
B: REL=3


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Old 09-17-2010, 10:13 PM   #2
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What you have is known as a clickpad. The feature for this device have not made it into the kernel's synaptics driver nor xf86-input-synaptics

To get it working, you're going to need to be able to patch and build the kernel and xf86-input-synaptics.
Old 09-18-2010, 04:29 AM   #3
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does anyone know someone who was able to make a patch in order to make the clickpad working, or a guide that explains step by step how to?
Old 09-18-2010, 07:54 AM   #4
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There might be a Debian kernel out there with clickpad support. The guy who made these patches works for Novel and uses openSuse, so you can definitely have pre-packaged kernels and drivers there. I use Arch, and I'd be happy to share with you.

I'll just note here that the reason the clickpad stuff has not made it upstream is because of patent BS and other red tape.
Old 09-29-2010, 02:16 PM   #5
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On an Apple(r) machine, the F12 key is mapped to the right button. If you want quick access to the buttons, and are running gnome, right-click the toolbar. Add a dwell click applet and use it to middle or right-click wherever you wish.

This is super easy, and I hope it works for you. Otherwise, install fluxbox, and configure the X and fluxbox files there. A little modding and programming is what makes the computer fun.



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