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Old 05-18-2007, 12:43 PM   #1
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"MouseWheel" on touchpad

i have a touchpad on my laptop with arrows on side
and manual says this should be the same as the mouse wheel
but it doesn't work
also the drag doesn't work with the touchpad
you know, tap-tap and hold and then release to drop
double klick works though

and i have no idea how to fix this
at home its not a problem as i have and USB mouse connected to my laptop
but when i go out to work or whatever its rather anoying...
and i will not settle for the alternative to bring my USB Mouse woth me

forgot to mention
Distro: Slack 11
Laptop: MSI M630
Touchpad: where do i check for that?

these are the mices:
I: Bus=0011 Vendor=0002 Product=0008 Version=0000
N: Name="PS/2 Mouse"
P: Phys=isa0060/serio1/input1
S: Sysfs=/class/input/input6
H: Handlers=mouse0 event6
B: EV=7
B: KEY=70000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B: REL=3

I: Bus=0011 Vendor=0002 Product=0008 Version=7321
N: Name="AlpsPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint"
P: Phys=isa0060/serio1/input0
S: Sysfs=/class/input/input7
H: Handlers=mouse1 event7
B: EV=f
B: KEY=420 0 70000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B: REL=3
B: ABS=1000003
this is my USB Rat
I: Bus=0003 Vendor=0458 Product=004a Version=0110
N: Name="Navigator"
P: Phys=usb-0000:00:03.0-2/input0
S: Sysfs=/class/input/input10
H: Handlers=mouse2 event10
B: EV=7
B: KEY=3f0000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B: REL=103

Last edited by Tux-Slack; 05-18-2007 at 12:49 PM.
Old 05-18-2007, 12:46 PM   #2
Registered: Mar 2007
Location: North Carolina
Distribution: Slackware 12.0, Gentoo, LFS, Debian, Kubuntu.
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Edit /etc/xorg.config

Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
to the mouse section. not sure about the tap and drag.
Old 05-18-2007, 12:52 PM   #3
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i know bout this allready...
i had to add this for my USB Rat
maybe i should say that when i run xev
and move the pointer inside that box
it doesnt mather if i move my finger on the "clear" touchpad
or on the indicated scroller
the output on the console is the same...
Old 05-18-2007, 01:30 PM   #4
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For mouse-wheel functionality on my touchpad, I just run my finger up & down on the right hand side of the screen
Old 05-18-2007, 01:34 PM   #5
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I do that to, but the system takes it as a normal mouse drag not as the wheel.
Old 05-21-2007, 01:13 AM   #6
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I've had some really good look with the Synaptics TouchPad X driver at, and it has some other nice things besides the "wheeling", like having middle-click when tapping with 2 fingers and stuff like that.

It suppousedly also works with ALPS touchpads (like yours), but I don't have one of those to try it on.

Just follow most of the instructions in the INSTALL file (a "make install" does the 2nd step -actuall install- just right).

Also edit your /etc/rc.d/rc.modules file and at the place where it loads your "psmouse" module change it to read like
54    if echo $SHORTREL | grep -qvw 2.4 ; then
55      /sbin/modprobe psmouse
56    fi
(e.g., remove the proto=* part. Note that I had to do this for problems with my Synaptics Touchpad, it might not be necesary for the ALPS touchpad), and also, around line 271 uncomment the command
270    # Generic event reporting device:
271    #/sbin/modprobe evdev
otherwise it won't work.

Good luck.

(P.S., also I just found this links which explains some stuff better than I do:

Last edited by theoffset; 05-21-2007 at 01:14 AM.


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