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Touchpad in LMDE Cinnamon

Postby kleinpakstoofvlees on Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:51 am

My touchpad does work, but two finger scrolling doesn't. A lot of fixes for that, BUT LMDE doesn't recognize my touchpad as a touchpad so I can't apply them.

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xinput --list
⎡ Virtual core pointer                       id=2   [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                 id=4   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ PS/2 Generic Mouse                         id=12   [slave  pointer  (2)]


So, mouse settings, synaptics, gpointing-device-settings,... all can't change a thing.

Idea how to recognize my touchpad? (it's a Dell Lattitude E5530)

Thanks!
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Re: Touchpad in LMDE Cinnamon

Postby roblm on Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:37 pm

Check the link below. It deals with installing a kernel patch to correct the problem.

http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=95940

Otherwise your other choices are installing a newer mainline kernel from the link below, which is usually only recommended to
correct a critical problem, or try out other Linux distributions.

http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/
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Re: Touchpad in LMDE Cinnamon

Postby Monsta on Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:05 am

roblm wrote:http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/

This is from Ubuntu. Installing it in LMDE equals asking for trouble.
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Re: Touchpad in LMDE Cinnamon

Postby roblm on Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:20 pm

kleinpakstoofvlees,

I'm adding this information just so you're not confused after reading the last two posts. Upgrading the kernel is not recommended
except as a last resort attempt to fix a critical problem which would otherwise make the Linux distribution unusable. Often this
breaks something else, most commonly the graphics driver. Not being able to scroll would be questionable as being a critical problem.
I personally would probably use a USB mouse. However, before installing a different distribution, the upgrade could be attempted.

I did some extensive testing with LMDE about 6 months ago, trying to install different kernels because the present 3.2 kernel would
not allow installation of the proprietary NVidia graphics driver form the NVidia website, using the standard method of installation.
Since Ubuntu is base on Debian I installed the 3.7, 3.8 and 3.9 kernels from the link I gave in my first post and didn't experience
any problems. However, they didn't work with the downloaded Nvidia drivers either. I didn't test them long term for stability or what
effect updates would have on them.
If I planned on keeping the installed distribution then I would only attempt the upgrade after creating a backup image of the Linux
partition, or create a new partition and install the same distribution on it for testing. This link has additional information:

http://askubuntu.com/questions/162616/s ... ne-kernels
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Re: Touchpad in LMDE Cinnamon

Postby kleinpakstoofvlees on Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:54 pm

Thanks for thinking/searching with me!

I will definitely keep the distro. The problem is the Debian driver that Dell provides. I don't know on wich Debian image LMDE is based on, but on Debian 7.X the touchpad doesn't work either. The touchpad doesn't even get recognised as a touchpad.

Decided that this will be the only chosen distro for the company and i'd like to keep it that way, so I kinda need to get this to work since it's the most used laptop over here.

Will try the kernel image in a vm, i'll keep you posted.
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Re: Touchpad in LMDE Cinnamon

Postby kleinpakstoofvlees on Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:48 pm

http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=95940 works PERFECT for me in Debian, but not in LMDE. At least not yet, will try this quite soon.
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