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Old 08-05-2005, 10:36 PM   #1
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Trackpad taps to click easily on Dell laptop with SuSE; Knob-mouse does not function

I've just installed SuSE 9.3 onto an old Dell laptop (Inspiron 3800). I'm using it now and it works fine, but the trackpad notices my finger gently tapping the pad and it assumes I'm clicking. I know this could be considered normal but I would prefer to turn this off. In the Control Center, I find Mouse under Peripherals but not Trackpad.

Also, this laptop has one of those little mice that looks like a knob in between the G and H keys. I'm not sure if there's a driver for this but if I could make this work somehow I would like that.

I'm a true newbie with Linux so forgive me. Thanks for any help.

(ignore the sig I'm not using that computer right now)
Old 08-06-2005, 05:37 AM   #2
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Old 08-06-2005, 03:16 PM   #3
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bump again... is there any kind of driver database I could look up? Dell only has Windows drivers.
Old 08-06-2005, 03:52 PM   #4
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As the mightiest river cannot carve a great chasm from granite in a day, so too will your question take time. You must learn patience, and to Google, binarybasic.

Now that the Kung Fu reference is out of the way, I can tell you that your problem is most likely one of configuration, not of drivers.
This is some of what I found by Googling:
at, I found:
Pointing devices: Work in 2 button mode. See Except it's an Alps combined touchpad and force stick. The author has begun to add support for this combination to his utility package (version 3.1), but not a lot is implemented yet. For X setup, put these in the Pointer section of /etc/XF86Config or /var/X11R6/lib/XF86Config:

Protocol "PS/2"
Device "/dev/psaux"
Emulate3Timeout 50

There is supposed to be a program to set the parameters of the Alps touchpad and stick...
I'm using a Latitude C810, which also has the Trackpad and Stick mouse. They both work fine under the P/S2 protocol.

This should at least point you in the right direction.
Good Luck!
Old 08-07-2005, 05:55 PM   #5
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You might also want to check out the HCL here, specifically this entry that I added about 20 minutes ago.


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