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Old 10-31-2012, 07:44 AM   #16
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Yeah so I'm pretty much at the end of my patience.

Literally over it. I have spent WEEKS trying to get this damn touchpad working and nothing I do is working.

I can't install evdev and the synaptics addition because I need xorg-server and I can't install xorg-server because I can't run a successful ./configure command. It halts on getting driproto as the package doesn't exist. So I try to install it (also had to install a dozen other packages to even get that far in the configure) and I can't install it either.
There are no instructions in the README that comes with the driproto package to even suggest what commands need to be entered to install it so I am just guessing.
There was an so I ran


It compiled a few files inc a makefile and a few other .c files.
there is now an install-sh (not an that I can't run with any command I know or can find. Invalid argument apparently.
I tried make but that doesn't work
make install does some directory changes but doesn't actually do anything.

I'm lost.

Once again I find myself having to install 50 things to get one thing working so it can get another thing working just so I can install something else to get a driver working.
Can anyone suggest anything else?
Old 10-31-2012, 07:49 AM   #17
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Attached is an output of the ll command in the driproto directory

running make returns the following:

make: Nothing to be done for `all'.

running make install returns the following:

make[1]: Entering directory `/home/downloads/xf86driproto-2.1.1'
make[1]: Nothing to be done for `install-exec-am'.
test -z "/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig" || /bin/mkdir -p "/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig"
/usr/bin/install -c -m 644 xf86driproto.pc '/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig'
test -z "/usr/local/include/X11/dri" || /bin/mkdir -p "/usr/local/include/X11/dri"
/usr/bin/install -c -m 644 xf86dri.h xf86dristr.h xf86driproto.h '/usr/local/include/X11/dri'
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/downloads/xf86driproto-2.1.1'

running a ./configure on the xorg-server directory returns the following error:

configure: error: Package requirements (glproto >= 1.4.14 dri >= 7.8.0) were not met:

Requested 'dri >= 7.8.0' but version of dri is 7.7.1

Consider adjusting the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable if you
installed software in a non-standard prefix.

Alternatively, you may set the environment variables DRI_CFLAGS
and DRI_LIBS to avoid the need to call pkg-config.
See the pkg-config man page for more details.
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Last edited by damuffinman; 10-31-2012 at 07:53 AM.
Old 11-18-2012, 08:31 AM   #18
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Ok so in the interests of adding to the community (because that's the whole idea right?) I will briefly explain how I fixed my problem.
After days and days of reading and searching I found nothing. No suggestions from any experts here so I decided to wipe the install and try a few different distros to see what worked and what didn't.

The touchpad automatically worked in Ubuntu 12.10 so I realised it was a kernel problem due to the fact Backtrack is based on Ubuntu.

I did a random search in google "Touchpad works in Ubuntu but not in Backtrack"
It returned some forum stuff but the one that popped out was a guy having problems with his Sony VAIO. His suggestion was to add some commands to the kernel line in the grub.conf

Next I realised there was no grub.conf but there was a grub.cfg

Before starting "startx" I pico edited this file and added the commends to the end of the kernel line.
It's ages long so I'm going to abbreviate - It starts with:

kernel /vmlinuz-3.2.6-5........

I added: i8042.reset i8042.nomux i8042.nopnp i8042.noloop

Touchpad now works 100%. I didn't need to download a single driver or add anything to the system (fresh install - never started startx yet - not sure if this makes any difference)

I am very interested to know if anyone can tell me what those commands mean or what they do.
Thank you for your help
Old 11-18-2012, 08:34 AM   #19
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Also could someone please edit the thread title to "Touchpad not working" or something similar. I think it will help the other few thousand people I have seen with this problem and unresolved forum answers


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