Touchpad - Configure it!

Feisty Fawn lacks the ability to personalize the Synaptics Touchpad. Here are a few tips. These can be also applied to other distros.

Backup xorg.conf
  • First of all, backup your xorg.conf
$ sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf_backup

Enable/Disable Touchpad
  • Edit you xorg.conf
$ sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
  • find «Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad"» and change it to: ("SHMConfig" "true")
Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad"
Driver "synaptics"
Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
Option "HorizScrollDelta" "0"
Option "SHMConfig" "true"
  • Disable: (go to terminal and type:)
$ synclient TouchpadOff=1
  • Enable:
$ synclient TouchpadOff=0

Disable Touchpad while typing
It's annoying when a person is typing and touch accidentally in the touchpad. This tip disables the touchpad for 'x' seconds when you press a key. It needs the configuration(xorg.conf) carried through in the previous tip to work.
  • Go to terminal and type: (disables touchpad for 1 second)
$ syndaemon -i 1 -d

visit syndaemon page for more info

Gsynaptics allows to configure your Touchpad. It enables/disables touchpad/tapping and configure scroll movements.
(click on screenshot to enlarge)
  • Install:
$ sudo apt-get install gsynaptics
  • Run at terminal:
$ gsynaptics
  • Or go to System » Preferences » Touchpad

Note: for KDE » ksynaptics

Add these tips to startup
If you like some of these tips, and you pretend to use it every time, just add it to start up.
  • Go to System » Preferences » Sessions:
Click New,
Name: 1sec touchpad
Code: syndaemon -i 1 -d

repeat procedure to any desire program..

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

good post. helped me out with my elantech pad. thanks.