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Old 12-05-2010, 07:46 PM   #1
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Need advice with Synclient


Howdy:

Running Ubuntu 10.04 on Dell Inspiron. I use synclient to adjust the tapping on the touchpad. Two minor problems:

1. It's set to FingerLow=10 FingerHigh=15. I need to set it to 30-35 respectively. I can't right off set it to that. I have to set it to 15-20, and then 20-25, and then 25-30, and then 30-35. I have to creep up on it. What's causing that?

2. I have to set it every time I power on the laptop. It resets to its original 10-15. How can I set it so it will stay where I need it?

thank you
 
Old 12-06-2010, 06:12 PM   #2
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Hello MooseMagnet,

I don't know this tool "synclient" but looked at the manpage, they say:
Quote:
WARNING: This is not secure if you are in an untrusted multiuser
environment. All local users can change the parameters at
any time.
I assume there is a permissionproblem which doesn't allow you to change the settings durable.

Have you tried to configure your touchpad without synclient? I'm using the fdi file for hal only. I've once tried a configuratontool with Gnome, but I was not able to find a better configuration with it than I could with the hal fdi file.

Markus
 
Old 12-07-2010, 11:33 AM   #3
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Thank you, Markus.

Can you point me to instructions for configuring the fdi hal?
 
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Hi,

you'll find the fdi files for hal in the "/usr/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor" directory. In order to use such a file you'll have to copy it (as root) to "/etc/hal/fdi/policy". The file you're looking for should have a name with the word "synaptics" in it.
After copying the file you can edit it and configure for the apropriate options. The file is in XML-format, you'll find the options as examples at the end of the file (they are commented out) and you can copy such an example (always a whole line) and paste it in the section above.
After this be sure to restart the hal daemon
Code:
/pathtohal/hald restart
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:48 PM   #5
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I have found /usr/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor, but there is nothing about 'synaptics' in that file.

The only synaptics file in this file system is '66-xorg-synaptics.rules'
 
Old 12-08-2010, 01:59 PM   #6
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Hello,

is this 66-xorg-synaptics.rules file in the /etc/udev directory?
You may edit this file and look if you can change it to your needs. Afterwards you'll have to restart the udev daemon. Look at the manpage of udevadm in order to learn how to restart this daemon.

I've once used the tool gpointing-device-settings of Gnome to configure my touchpad, maybe that helps.

Markus
 
Old 12-08-2010, 02:26 PM   #7
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It's in lib/udev

Here are the contents:

ACTION!="add|change", GOTO="xorg_synaptics_end"
KERNEL!="event*", GOTO="xorg_synaptics_end"

ENV{ID_INPUT_TOUCHPAD}!="1", GOTO="xorg_synaptics_end"

# Placeholder for platform specific quirks needing
# ID_INPUT.tags to be set.
ATTR{[dmi/id]product_name}=="Inspiron 1011", ENV{ID_INPUT.tags}="inspiron_1011"
ATTR{[dmi/id]product_name}=="Inspiron 1012", ENV{ID_INPUT.tags}="inspiron_1012"
ATTR{[dmi/id]product_name}=="Inspiron 1120", ENV{ID_INPUT.tags}="inspiron_1120"
ATTR{[dmi/id]product_name}=="HP MiniNote 1000", ENV{ID_INPUT.tags}="mininote_1000"

LABEL="xorg_synaptics_end"

I'll check out the gpointing device.

thanks
 
Old 12-09-2010, 12:09 PM   #8
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The gpointing device seems to be working quite well. Thanks for telling me about it. Happy holidays!
 
Old 12-09-2010, 03:45 PM   #9
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Nope. Every time the system is restarted, it resets to the numb tapping. I have to set it every time.
I'll keep looking.
 
  


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