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Old 06-30-2007, 10:36 PM   #1
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slackware on ibook, disabling touchpad

actually, i gotta change what i meant. I want to use the touchpad for a mouse, but i dont want it to register when i touch it twice like a mouse click. get what i mean? Thanks for all the help

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Old 07-01-2007, 06:56 AM   #2
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there are two ways to do this, the easiest is the on demand way and it will let you see all the options your trackpad can use.

You have to edit the xorg.conf and in the section for the trackpad add
option "SHMConfig" "On"
you can then use synclient, to change the options for the trackpad, the man page for synclient will tell all.

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Old 07-01-2007, 06:59 AM   #3
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Run the following command as root, see if it do what you want:
modprobe -r psmouse

Also check if your mouse still works or not. If your mouse does
not work, stop here: I don't know how to selectively disable
touchpad but keep psmouse.

If everything is OK, you can edit the following file as root:

Try to comment out the line contains 'psmouse'. That's how I
disable touchpad on my laptop. But mine is not a iBook, so
don't blame me if it does not work for you
Old 07-01-2007, 11:40 AM   #4
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Yea, the quick way to do it is to just remove the module. My MBP uses 'appletouch' so I rmmod on it. Not sure what module the ibook uses. I do this via gnome session after Gnome starts otherwise X will complain of a missing core pointer and not start. Otherwise, you'd have to employ extra xorg.conf options. That or change your 'core pointer' to a usb mose and have the trackpad as a secondary. Multiple ways to do it.

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Old 07-01-2007, 01:26 PM   #5
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sorry had to clarify my question
Old 07-01-2007, 09:45 PM   #6
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post the touchpad section of your xorg.conf

Oh... That's a built in function of the psmouse driver. I think it's psmouse anyway. I have to use synaptics and modify my xorg.conf to get that behavior. Um..... Not sure how to disable it actually. I'm sure someone will step up here soon.

Are you using the psmouse driver? Are you using synaptics? Tell us your setup please.

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Old 05-16-2009, 06:52 PM   #7
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Talking Security

Well, all I know, is that a small command like
syndaemon -i 999 -d
will solve this problem. Thing is, to get this working, SHMConfig needs to be enabled. And I'll have to rtm to figure that out. So cool, everything is well explained, just need to read. I have no clue how to enable SHMConfig. I cant even find the section in my xorg.conf file that talks about the touchpad.

Still, Slackware is great. Glad I made the choice to learn this.

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