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PostSubject: Disabling my touchpad...   Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:49 pm

This is probably a software question, too, but I think this is a more appropriate place for the question.

My Compaq Presario CQ60 has a button to turn the touchpad off and on (it toggles off and on). It works fine in windows, but has no effect in Suse. I'm running OpenSuse 11.2. Does anyone know how to get this button to work? Or any other way to disable the touchpad? This is a serious problem for me because I constantly drag a thumb on it when typing, moving the cursor, and all of a sudden I'm typing somewhere else, or I type some hot key combination that switches desktops or hits the "Submit" button when the form is only a third filled out or something worse. It certainly slows my typing down, which is already glacial. It's a Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad. I almost never use the touchpad anyway because I have a mouse I plug in instead.

If someone shares the answer, I will do my best to get Gonzo to bake them a batch of brownies.

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PostSubject: Re: Disabling my touchpad...   Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:10 pm

Mmm and I was going to give the answer... I've seen some of the food images Gonzo creates.

.... you can have the brownies.

This should have the answer not having a touchpad to test with not exactly sure of the Suse native tools available, but you have several here though the completely disabling might be achieved by blacklisting the synaptics module but with hal hotplugging maybe not. Any way there is several here looking briefly at the disable when idle option I think in the fdi file should...

http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Synaptics

Code:
<merge key="input.x11_options.touchpadoff" type="string">1</merge>

So 4 ways from what I can see

1) Try to disable the module by blacklisting.
2) Modify the hal fdi entry
3) Use synclient in a autostart.
4) Use udev to disable on hotplugging of external mouse.
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PostSubject: Re: Disabling my touchpad...   Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:14 am

Thank you , FM, I will give it a shot next time I fire up the laptop.

If I can't get it to work, be careful about any packages you might find in the mailbox, especially if they smell of carbonized chocolate... What a Face

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PostSubject: Re: Disabling my touchpad...   Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:34 pm

May or may not help - but in fedora ...

Install ..
xorg-x11-drv-synaptics

Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf to include

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Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier    "Synaptics Touchpad"
    Driver        "synaptics"
    Option        "SendCoreEvents" "true"
    Option        "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option        "Protocol" "auto-dev"
    Option        "HorizScrollDelta" "0"
    Option        "SHMConfig" "true"
EndSection

Gets it working kinda windows like, on/off button and all.
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