Talk:Touchpad Synaptics

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Please keep the discussion from new (top) to old (bottom) for optimal readability and cronology. Old remarks should be on bottom since they are less important for today's readers and maintainers.

Ontopic: the section "Disable touchpad upon external mouse detection" [1] has a deprecation note, but it doesn't explain why it is deprecated, what the consequences are or what the preferred alternative is. Can someone explain this? Otherwise it could best be removed since it is somewhat confusing for the reader. --litemotiv 01:04, 07 February 2012 (EDT)


Issues with new ALPS touch pads I am wondering if a link to the thread at [2] should be included. Many new laptops have ALPS touch pads that won't be recognized as such and won't work with the Synaptics driver. There seems to be an AUR package at [3] as a workaround. --Markus00000 08:06, 9 November 2011 (EST)

Yes of course you can include that in the proper section, probably Touchpad_Synaptics#ALPS_Touchpads? -- Kynikos 05:59, 10 November 2011 (EST)
Done. Feel free to improve it. --Markus00000 07:52, 10 November 2011 (EST)

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)

I added a warning to the section covering on-the-fly configuration --stefanwilkens 19:43, 8 January 2012 (EST)

Rewrite in progress (Completed)

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many references to, issues with and sollutions for older xorg versions, HAL situations and other outdated things have been removed.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)


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

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)
Cheers Ketetefid
--stefanwilkens 19:44, 8 January 2012 (EST)