Talk:Touchpad Synaptics

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Rewrite in progress

Starting today, I'll be rewriting the majority of the article to reflect proper installation / configuration with xorg 1.8 and up.

This will mean all xorg.conf and hal policies will be removed from the article, they should no longer be required. --stefanwilkens 17:10, 10 September 2010 (EDT)

many references to, issues with and sollutions for older xorg versions, HAL situations and other outdated things have been removed. What is left should be applicable to the current situation. Next step is rewriting things to get a proper structure. --stefanwilkens 17:46, 13 September 2010 (EDT)

Things seem to be back in order, many thanks to those of you that stepped in over the last months --stefanwilkens 16:45, 25 April 2011 (EDT)


Could someone with intimate knowledge of the new Xorg hotplugging system please provide some details for that particular section of the article? I have seen all sorts of info about the Hal policies on the forums, however I do not use them myself and cannot verify their correctness. --Thayer Dec 2, 2008

I don't have much knowledge of the new Xorg hotplugging, but I do use it. I've added few of the policies that where used. --Duologic Jan 24, 2009

I can't get this to work at all! I tried both the 11- and the suggested 99- location (Gentoo wiki suggests that as well) but it seems like it isn't even reading that file! Can I somehow tell if it is actually reading it? --Svenstaro 18:07, 2 July 2009 (EDT)

Just an FYI, I'm in the process of doing a moderate rewrite of this article, hopefully simplifying and clarifying things. --Ronin-Sage 03:10, 16 June 2009 (EDT)

I was having trouble getting my touchpad to work with evdev, until I installed the xf86-input-synaptics driver which is suggested at the beginning of the page. But if I understand it correctly, the xf86-input-synaptics driver takes over evdev, so none of the settings int he fdi would have any effect? --hensond 02:47, 04 Jan 2010 (EDT)

Thank you very much for your valuable effort...

I am a gentoo user who had the problem of not reading synaptics fdi policy file. I created an account in Arch linux just to thank you. It has helped very much... Disabling mouse plugin in gnome setting daemon worked perfectly.

Appreciate taking the time to comment, Ketetefid. Glad you got it working.
--Gen2ly 14:24, 22 March 2010 (EDT)

I am just speaking up as one of those users that are having problems with the touchpad cursor inexplicably jumping around. Not only does it jump around, but it creates random left and right clicks when it jumps. This happens while I am actually using the touchpad and not while typing as lots of others have been reporting around various forums. Maddening. At first it seemed to "calm down" over time (ie. time since reboot) but now seems to be pretty much constant. If as you say there is currently no patch for this, it would be great to get a heads-up if and when the developers eventually get a handle on it. Thanks very much...

--lucky_waster 11:33, 20 June 2010

I was using "synclient TapButton1=1" in a file which is run when I start GNOME to turn on tapping, but it was only working until the first time I suspended and resumed the system.

Searching for "synaptics archlinux tapping suspend" didn't bring me here very quickly - the article doesn't mention suspend or resume at all. The solution was to turn on tapping in the GNOME touchpad settings, as described in this article. It might be worth mentioning the problem with suspend/resume if we override settings 'on the fly'.

--Dooglus 01:24, 30 October 2011 (EDT)