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Old 11-01-2006, 03:34 PM   #1
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determining mouse driver version

I am having a problem with my synaptics touchpad not working after I installed a 2.6 kernel on my slackware 11 system. I have some linux knowledge but not enough to troubleshoot this issue. The old kernel works with the touchpad fine, so I would like to know how to look at what driver it uses.

For example how can I show which mouse driver is loaded on the old 2.4 kernel? If I can figure that out maybe I can install that driver under the new 2.6 kernel.
Old 11-01-2006, 10:16 PM   #2
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lsmod to list loaded modules.

How do I use this driver with Linux kernel 2.6.x?
You need to have the "evdev" driver loaded or compiled into the kernel (CONFIG_INPUT_EVDEV). Set the "Protocol" parameter in the X configuration file to "auto-dev". Also, if you set the "Device" parameter to "/dev/psaux", the same X configuration file should work for a 2.4.x kernel.

When configuring the kernel, enable PS/2 mouse support (CONFIG_MOUSE_PS2).
Old 11-02-2006, 12:19 PM   #3
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Thanks farslayer the driver at the link your provided is what worked for me. That and adding the following line to my /etc/rc.d/rc.local:

modprobe psmouse.

Without loading that module the touchpad and trackpoint were not seem by my system.


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