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Old 05-18-2013, 09:38 AM   #1
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How to see what my touchpad is "recognized" as?

I have a synaptics touchpad I am trying to configure with the synaptics driver. I am using the Arch wiki and the synaptics man pages to do this. I don't think I will have a problem, but I have one question.

From the man pages:

If your device is recognized as "PS/2 Mouse" or similar, the kernel driver does not support your device and this driver will only provide limited functionality.
How do I determine what my device is recognized as? Thanks.
Old 05-18-2013, 09:03 PM   #2
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You could try lspci. If that doesn't work, you could try dmesg.

Here's the output of a dmesg with a grep for "Touch" on one of my laptops:

# dmesg | grep Touch
[    8.567167] psmouse serio4: synaptics: Touchpad model: 1, fw: 6.2, id: 0x1280b1, caps: 0xa04713/0x204000/0x0, board id: 3655, fw id: 235996
[    8.598125] input: SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad as /devices/platform/i8042/serio4/input/input7
You could also grep syn or grep touch instead of grep Touch.

If worse comes to worse, you might have to plough through all the output of dmesg, in which cause you might want to view it with less.

dmesg | less

Last edited by frankbell; 05-18-2013 at 09:07 PM.
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:26 PM   #3
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would probably tell you what you need.
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