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Old 11th May 2012, 12:05 AM
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disable tap-to-click and evdev driver

I have installed Fedora 14 on a Gateway LT4004u netbook and am trying to disable tapping on the touchpad.

Any help would be appreciated.

Here is what I've tried so far:


System|Preferences|Mouse and System|Preferences|Pointing Devices and "click on Name in upper right|System Preferences|Mouse"

These do not have anything about "TouchPad", but I was able to disable some mouse gestures (scrolling), but not tap-to-click


lshal indicates it is using the "evdev" for input.x11_driver. Most of the instructions on the Internet are for the synaptics driver. How can I get it to use the synaptics driver?

Also, lshal | grep -i 'touchpad'

doesn't show anything. It looks like the whole assembly is treated as a "PS/2 style mouse" from the lshal output.

I tried the following, but it didn't stick after reboot:

hal-set-property --udi /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/platform_i8042_i8042_AUX1_port_logicaldev_input --key input.x11_driver --string synaptics


First of all, there is some discrepancy on the Internet about where this file should go, for this purpose:

Is it /etc/X11/xorg.conf, /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf, or /etc/xorg.conf?

I tried all of the MaxTapTime, TapButton1, etc. settings in xorg.conf, but that is for the synaptics driver, not evdev. It appeared there wasn't a setting to disable tap-to-click in evdev set up.

I tried a "catchall" for "evdev" input devices with a driver clause specifying synaptics in an effort to make it switch to the synaptics driver, but that didn't work.

I did a "yum install" to verify that I had the synaptics driver software loaded.
And, I did a "depmod -a" which made the driver appear to show up in the /lib/modules/ - where it wasn't before.


I tried the BIOS setup but there was no place to configure the touchpad.

Finally, I found the F6 button which toggles on/off the touchpad, completely.
This serves as a workaround which makes the system useable, but it is still less productive to hit "F6" every time I switch between the mouse and typing.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Last edited by woodpecker; 2nd June 2012 at 11:05 PM. Reason: better subject title
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Old 8th October 2012, 04:05 PM
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Re: disable tap-to-click and synaptics driver

Why has no one even responded "gee that was a tough one"? I am about to become a deadly casulty of the American Feminist movement if I have to learn to type with my palms raised!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 8th October 2012, 04:33 PM
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Re: disable tap-to-click and synaptics driver

It probably got overlooked. Though there are rules against bumping, the delay is only 24 hours. (Although those that just type bump tend to get criticized.) As is mentioned in the posting guidelines, always good to post, and, I tried this and that.
Or it might have been that at the time, anyone who saw it didn't have a good answer. Surprised this got overlooked though, I would think that there might have been some solutions.

Sometimes, folks are just busy, see one, and while, on a slow Sunday, they might type, Gee, that's a tough one, on a busy workday they might not. May 10th was a Thursday.

Anyway, there are a few possibilities--I got most of mine from the Arch wiki https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Touchpad_Synaptics

A thread I started on the UX31A mentions a couple that I found useful.

http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=274988 in post 6.

Should have added, try synclient -l to see if it's recognized by a synaptic driver. If not, then all I can think of is the GUI things that you've mentioned that you tried.
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