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X and the laptop touchpad

Post by Nobber » Sat Apr 12, 2003 4:10 am

My laptop's touchpad works fine under X in all but one respect: the special button above it - which in Windows turns the mouse off - doesn't work! Given the typical sensitivity of touchpads, and its position right below the keyboard, this can be a problem, especially during a heavy bout of word processing.

So, anyone any ideas how I can get round this problem? I would have thought there was some clever way to use one of the X utils to do the equivalent of sending all mouse clicks (at the very least - I don't care so much if the mouse still *moves*) - to /dev/null, or telling X to ignore all mouse input. But so far I've found nothing.

10 merit marks to the first person to come up with a nifty script called "mouse" that takes a single parameter: "on" or "off"! :)

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Post by Nobber » Tue Apr 15, 2003 7:30 am

Thanks for all the helpful responses! :P

As it is, I'm now using a utility called tpconfig, which can turn the "tap to click" function of the touchpad on and off. Unfortunately, it can't be used while X is running, but it's better than nothing.

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Post by Void Main » Tue Apr 15, 2003 7:53 am

I wish I had seen this before. Don't know how I missed it. I use tpconfig as well for my Synaptic Touchpad. If not used the thing is *way* too sensitive. Sorry I couldn't have saved you a few days of looking.

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Post by Nobber » Tue Apr 15, 2003 10:41 am

^Do you use the kernel patch that allows you to turn tap mode on and off while X is running? That would be really useful, but I can't find a patch for any kernel > 2.4.15, and I doubt it would work on the Mandrake 9.0 stock kernel.

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Post by Void Main » Tue Apr 15, 2003 10:49 am

No I don't, but I don't have a need to turn it off and on in X, I only want it off. On my system it goes into a service script (/etc/init.d/touchpad) that runs prior to X starting.

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