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Old 04-04-2021, 10:28 PM   #1
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Synaptics tapping not working Samsung NF310 Raspian Buster


Hi everyone- new to LQ's,

I dug and found this old thread and have questions I'm hoping someone can help me with.

I can go to the X11 folder and can view the conf file, but cannot alter it. I'm not sure exactly what the OP in the old post did to get tapping. I can follow directions given to me in terminal, but I don't want to keep trying things lest I bork this netbook install completely. Right now, arrow, buttons and scroll works-- it's only missing "tap-to-click".

My current conf is named 70-synaptics.conf and these are the contents:

Code:
# Example xorg.conf.d snippet that assigns the touchpad driver
# to all touchpads. See xorg.conf.d(5) for more information on
# InputClass.
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE, your distribution will likely overwrite
# it when updating. Copy (and rename) this file into
# /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d first.
# Additional options may be added in the form of
#   Option "OptionName" "value"
#
Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "touchpad catchall"
        Driver "synaptics"
        MatchIsTouchpad "on"
# This option is recommend on all Linux systems using evdev, but cannot be
# enabled by default. See the following link for details:
# http://who-t.blogspot.com/2010/11/how-to-ignore-configuration-errors.html
#       MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
EndSection

Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "touchpad ignore duplicates"
        MatchIsTouchpad "on"
        MatchOS "Linux"
        MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/mouse*"
        Option "Ignore" "on"
EndSection

# This option enables the bottom right corner to be a right button on clickpads
# and the right and middle top areas to be right / middle buttons on clickpads
# with a top button area.
# This option is only interpreted by clickpads.
Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "Default clickpad buttons"
        MatchDriver "synaptics"
        Option "SoftButtonAreas" "50% 0 82% 0 0 0 0 0"
        Option "SecondarySoftButtonAreas" "58% 0 0 15% 42% 58% 0 15%"
EndSection

# This option disables software buttons on Apple touchpads.
# This option is only interpreted by clickpads.
Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "Disable clickpad buttons on Apple touchpads"
        MatchProduct "Apple|bcm5974"
        MatchDriver "synaptics"
        Option "SoftButtonAreas" "0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0"
EndSection
apt-cache policy xserver-xorg-input-synaptics gives:
xserver-xorg-input-synaptics:
Installed: 1.9.1-1
Candidate: 1.9.1-1
Version table:
*** 1.9.1-1 500
500 http://ftp.debian.org/debian buster/main i386 Packages
100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

apt-cache policy gpointing-device-settings gives:
gpointing-device-settings:
Installed: (none)
Candidate: 1.5.1-6
Version table:
1.5.1-6 0
500 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable/main amd64 Packages

In this distro, I do not have the option of right-click, "open as root/admin", and I'm not sure what I need to do in terminal...TIA for your assistance.
 
Old 04-08-2021, 03:05 AM   #2
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Geekomatic,

Code:
apt-cache policy gpointing-device-settings gives:
gpointing-device-settings:
Installed: (none)
You first need to install gpointing-device-settings from Debian 7.

Code:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install gpointing-device-settings
You have probably seen this Synaptics Touchpad link for Debian 7:
https://wiki.debian.org/SynapticsTou...7_.22Wheezy.22

To enable/disable the touchpad on Samsung laptops:
Press and hold the Fn key and the F5 key simultaneously to unlock or lock the touchpad.

Last edited by beachboy2; 04-08-2021 at 03:09 AM.
 
Old 04-08-2021, 07:54 AM   #3
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Don't see what you see

"Synaptics tapping not working Samsung NF310 Raspian Buster"

I get "command not found", running sudo apt-update

Running "sudo apt install gpointing-device-settings"

I get, "package gpointing-device-settings is not available, but is referred to by another package."
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source.

Last edited by Geekomatic; 04-08-2021 at 07:59 AM.
 
Old 04-08-2021, 10:00 AM   #4
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Geekomatic,

My similar Samsung N220 runs perfectly with antiX 19.3 (x64-full.iso) which is based on Debian Buster:
https://antixlinux.com/download/

The netbook also works fine with EndeavourOS which is based on Arch Linux but is much simpler to install than the parent system:
https://endeavouros.com/

Last edited by beachboy2; 04-08-2021 at 10:03 AM.
 
Old 04-10-2021, 09:06 AM   #5
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I installed Rasp Pi desktop (buster) as it's fast on 2gb ram.

Just want to know how to activate "tap" as left click?

Thanks all!

 
Old 04-11-2021, 10:01 AM   #6
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FN+F5 on my netbook does nothing.

Can anyone have a look at the links I provided at the start and perhaps guide me to try the steps they mention? I don't quite understand them.
 
Old 04-12-2021, 01:19 AM   #7
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I installed Rasp Pi desktop (buster) as it's fast on 2gb ram.

Just want to know how to activate "tap" as left click?
Then you should have mentioned that you are running this distro?
Have a look here.

... Um, how does this even work on non-ARM hardware? More info needed. Or maybe you just chose the wrong distro.
 
Old 04-12-2021, 07:30 AM   #8
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Then you should have mentioned that you are running this distro?
Have a look here.

... Um, how does this even work on non-ARM hardware? More info needed. Or maybe you just chose the wrong distro.
I did "mention it". "Rasp Pi desktop (buster)"

I posted my current synaptics.conf. I have provided a link which shows what someone did to get their touch pad working (from this website). As stated, I need help with the terminal command which will allow me to add those working comments to my synaptic.conf.

Is there someone here who knows how this can be accomplished?
 
Old 04-12-2021, 12:04 PM   #9
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Quote:
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I did "mention it". "Rasp Pi desktop (buster)"

I posted my current synaptics.conf. I have provided a link which shows what someone did to get their touch pad working (from this website). As stated, I need help with the terminal command which will allow me to add those working comments to my synaptic.conf.

Is there someone here who knows how this can be accomplished?
I think the issue with @ondoho was that in post 1 you referenced an amd64 package and in post 5 you mentioned installing the Rasp Pi desktop distro. I am confused as well since I cannot be sure if we are working with an amd64 device or an arm device, as well as being unsure which distro this question is about.

Please clarify the hardware and distro you are actually running when you have the problem so we have a defined path to provide assistance.

In the link you last gave, post #6 gives the text of his working config and at the bottom of that post he tells you which file it is from. All you need to do is edit that file, insert the text provided, reboot, and if it works for you then you are done. Almost any text editor can handle that for you, although you need root (sudo) privileges to do so.

NOTE: If you are editing an existing file please be sure and save a backup of the original in case the changed file does not work and you have to revert to the original config. Also note that that post you linked to was from 7 years ago so it may or may not work. Things change over time.

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Old 04-12-2021, 11:06 PM   #10
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Samsung NF310 Raspian Buster

Samsung NF310 is a netbook as stated. Raspian Buster desktop (non-ARM). Specific OS: 2021-01-11-raspios-buster-i386, chosen as it's light, X86 Debian-based, and the max RAM on this netbook is 2GB.

The only reference to AMD64 is the output I got and posted when attempting to run the commands given in the old thread here which spoke about getting the tap-to-click to successfully function. (apt-cache policy gpointing-device-settings), possibly as the 310NF has a 64bit CPU?

As I said in the beginning, in most Linux, I can right-click and access a folder/file by running as root. However, in this OS, I don't have that option.

The first thing I did was make a backup of that conf file. Now, what I need is (specific cmd) how to edit the conf and "where" to paste or what to replace in the original conf in order to test that solution?

Hope this is clearer.
 
Old 04-14-2021, 01:05 PM   #11
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So from a terminal use sudo to access/edit system files as root. You can use (for example) "sudo nano file.conf" to edit a conf file as root. I always recommend you make a backup of the file you are editing in case you make an error and have to restore the original.
 
Old 04-17-2021, 09:02 AM   #12
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So from a terminal use sudo to access/edit system files as root. You can use (for example) "sudo nano file.conf" to edit a conf file as root. I always recommend you make a backup of the file you are editing in case you make an error and have to restore the original.
I said I made a copy of the file.

I don't understand what it is I need to edit- as I stated. Can you please read it in full & reply?

Thank you
 
Old 04-19-2021, 08:23 AM   #13
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I said I made a copy of the file.

I don't understand what it is I need to edit- as I stated. Can you please read it in full & reply?

Thank you
Anyone? I'm unsure what to copy/paste and what to delete in the original file (if anything).
 
  


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