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Old 09-05-2010, 07:08 PM   #1
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How can I directly control my touchpad?

Hi guys. I had a post about how my "e" key turns my touchpad on/off as well as typing the letter "e". For some reason it generates two keystrokes. So, I was wondering how the operating system (I'm using openSUSE distro) controls the state of the keyboard. I assume somewhere there's a way to say "keep touchpad on at all times", or even better "when toggling touchpad if touchpad is off, turn it on"... Somewhere I think deep within the OS. Does anyone know where I can go to change that?
Old 09-06-2010, 04:05 PM   #2
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Try the Standard Configs

I hope this info isn't too basic. I have an HP laptop with a Synaptics touchpad. I haven't seen this keyboard shortcut before. I would start with the standard settings managers first:
1. Keyboard Shortcuts - There might be a shortcut key to toggle the pad set here. If you can't find it the System --> Configuration menu, type gnome-keybinding-properties in a bash shell.
2. Keyboard Settings - If you can't find this in the System --> Configuration folder, you can type gnome-keyboard-properties in a bash shell. Check the Mouse Keys tab.
3. As root in a shell, type SaX2. This is the X11 configuration editor. There should be a section for Mouse. It should list all the mice you have configured. My section didn't have anything about a shortcut, but yours might.
4. Take a peek at /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. You may have to Google a bit for correct settings. There may be other config files in play here, but I don't know what they are.

For reference, here is the listing in my xorg.conf for my touchpad:
Section "InputDevice"
Driver "synaptics"
Identifier "Mouse[3]"
Option "Buttons" "5"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "on"
Option "InputFashion" "Mouse"
Option "Name" "Touchpad"
Option "Protocol" "explorerps/2"
Option "SHMConfig" "on"
Option "Vendor" "Synaptics"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

Good luck!

Last edited by idoneous; 09-06-2010 at 04:07 PM.
Old 09-06-2010, 05:43 PM   #3
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try to install gsynaptics and play with it, it may solve your problem in a graphical way :P
Old 09-06-2010, 05:44 PM   #4
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Not sure if this person has a synaptics touchpad. That is mine...


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