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Dell D630-mice and windows keys

Postby calibre97 on Sat Jan 10, 2009 10:08 pm

Can someone help with configuring the Windows keys (e.g. left Win key mapped to open menu) and opening up the trackpad on my Dell D630? The trackpad tracks only an inch or two for each swipe and if I'm too enthusiastic, I frequently accidentally catch the right edge causing the virtual desktops to roll. The eraser head is way too fast by contrast so I have either too much juice (eraser head 'mouse') or very little (trackpad).

I looked at the mouse configure bit but there wasn't much there. Maybe there's a secondary utility or tool or something?
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Re: Dell D630-mice and windows keys

Postby hotweiss on Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:43 am

calibre97 wrote:Can someone help with configuring the Windows keys (e.g. left Win key mapped to open menu) and opening up the trackpad on my Dell D630? The trackpad tracks only an inch or two for each swipe and if I'm too enthusiastic, I frequently accidentally catch the right edge causing the virtual desktops to roll. The eraser head is way too fast by contrast so I have either too much juice (eraser head 'mouse') or very little (trackpad).

I looked at the mouse configure bit but there wasn't much there. Maybe there's a secondary utility or tool or something?


To play around with the shortcuts:

System-->Preferences-->Keyboard Shortcuts

To configure your trackpad you need to install gsynaptics:

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sudo apt-get install gsynaptics
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Re: Dell D630-mice and windows keys

Postby calibre97 on Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:46 pm

Following up to report success.
Did the Windows key change to open the menu. Interesting twist is it opens the menu, a collapsed version actually, wherever the cursor is. Quite nice.

As for GSynaptics, just installing it isn't enough. At least for me on the Dell D630. I found a link to this:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SynapticsTouchpad

which includes a helpful link for enabling SHMConfig. I had to create a new file, "99-x11-synaptics.fdi" and save it to /etc/hal/fdi/policy/ and then reboot and when I tried System > Preferences > Touchpad, I got the proper config dialog. I enabled acceleration and turned down sensitivity a tad and now all is wonderbar.
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