View Full Version : Touchpad problems on HP ze2000

12th May 2006, 02:15 PM
I experience strange behaviour on my laptop when using the touchpad. For instance, if I drag my finger to the left or right when in Firefox it starts moving Back and Forward. And, it is extremely sensitive - not at all comfortable. I have tried to modify settings in xorg.conf - no luck. Also tried to gsynaptics - didn't work at all. Anyone with a good clue?



16th May 2006, 03:37 AM
I am having the same problem along with one of my fellow techs I hope some one anwser this soon.

16th May 2006, 09:23 AM
OK, I'm really interested to see if there is a solution. It is very annoying...

16th May 2006, 09:47 AM
Personally, I've found the synaptics touchpad driver nothing but an annoyance on both of my laptops. It seems to be installed if you have an actual "Synaptics" pad or and "Alps" pad. I have both and the default settings have never made sense for either of mine.

Fortunately, my requirements from a touchpad are basic. As long as I can move the mouse pointer, tap and double tap, and tap and drag I'm satisfied.

I found that you can achieve this with the instruction:


appended to the Grub configuration file.

Open the file /boot/grub/menu.lst and add the above at the end of the line that begins:

kernel /vmlinuz........

You'll need to do this as root.

Be sure that you can edit the file from a command prompt in case it doesn't work for you and you need to remove the ammendment without a graphical desktop.

16th May 2006, 07:40 PM
Tested that, but I ended up in "panic". Is that possibly related to xorg.conf, which I have not changed yet? These statements are used today:

"Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Synaptics"
Driver "synaptics"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"

16th May 2006, 08:13 PM
Well, I certainly didn't get panic messages, but I seem to remember that I did have to create a new xorg.conf. You should still be able to get to the command prompt (if not you can edit the grub configuration line from the initial boot loader screen) if you just rename xorg.conf to perhaps oldxorg.conf it should force it to start the configuration from scratch. If not I'll experiment again when I get back from holiday in a couple of weeks.

16th May 2006, 08:18 PM
OK, Iĺl make it another try by renaming the xorg.conf...

16th May 2006, 08:19 PM
Incidentally, here is a copy of the xorg.conf I ended up with:

# Xorg configuration created by system-config-display

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "single head configuration"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"

Section "Files"
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, a font server independent of the X server is
# used to render fonts.

FontPath "unix/:7100"

Section "Module"
Load "dbe"
Load "extmod"
Load "fbdevhw"
Load "glx"
Load "record"
Load "freetype"
Load "type1"
Load "dri"

Section "InputDevice"
# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
# Option "Xleds" "1 2 3"

# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
# Option "XkbDisable"

# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults). For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
# Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
# Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# or:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:swapcaps"
# Or if you just want both to be control, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "LCD Panel 1024x768"
DisplaySize 290 220
### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
HorizSync 31.5 - 48.5
VertRefresh 40.0 - 70.0
# Option "dpms"

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nv"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "nVidia Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 420 Go]"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 16
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 16
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Section "DRI"
Group 0
Mode 0666

16th May 2006, 08:43 PM
Hi again,

tested it now. Had to remove all references to synaptics in xorg.conf. Seems to be working now, haven't tried the behaviour problems yet - but it appears to be improved a lot...

Big thanks for your immediate support! This forum is wonderful...

19th May 2006, 03:24 AM
that worked perfectly thanks

19th May 2006, 03:26 AM
You didn't have to touch your xorg.conf
You could have gone into firefox and typed about:config

Then go to mousewheel.horizscroll.withnokey.action and set this equal to 0

19th May 2006, 04:34 AM
the only problem with that is it did it in gnome also