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Old 18th June 2005, 12:42 PM
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Disabling tap click on Synaptics touch pad

I have a Whitebox CL56 laptop that has a Synaptics touch pad.
FC4's installer detected this, and generated an xorg.conf that
loads the synaptics module and has the appropriate input controller
section. Unfortunately, the Synaptics driver doesn't load successfully
and I find this in Xorg.0.log:

Synaptics no synaptics event device found (checked 2 nodes)
(**) Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
(**) Option "MaxTapTime" "0"
Query no Synaptics: 6003C8
(EE) Synaptics no synaptics touchpad detected and no repeater device
(EE) Synaptics Unable to query/initialize Synaptics hardware.
(EE) PreInit failed for input device "Synaptics"

For some reason, the touch pad works despite this problem, but I
have no way to configure Synaptics' special features, like tap
click. I searched for this problem on Google, and the following
solutions came up:

1. "Load psmouse after the USB modules, since they don't work very
well together."

In Fedora, psmouse is built into the kernel, so I haven't been able
to try this. (I'll compile my own kernel and try it, if someone
can confirm that this might work.)

2. "Disable tapping with a third party program, tpconfig."

tpconfig doesn't work here, since it only wants to open /dev/psaux
and my touch pad doesn't appear under that device. ("No such device"
when opening psaux)

3. "Load an extra third party Linux driver called alps"

Again, this isn't included with FC4, so I haven't tried it.
Does anyone have any experience with it?

Any help is appreciated.
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Old 18th June 2005, 02:27 PM
hakonrk Offline
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Fixed it myself - it appears that FC4 creates /dev/input/event0 and event2 (respectively
the keyboard and the USB mouse), but not event1 which is the touch pad. After mknod'ing
it, everything works.
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