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Newbie with touchpad problem

Postby stratprof on Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:54 pm

Hello, all.

I have a Dell Latitude D620. It's configured as a dual boot, Helena and XP professional. I'm 99% sure I have a synaptics touchpad.

Edge scrolling works fine. Two finger scrolling doesn't work at all.

The only related discussion concerned an upgrade from RC1. That's not my situation; Helena was installed onto a newly created partition only after the main release.

I'd be grateful for a bit of hand-holding if the repair involves tweaking a hidden config file. I'm not anxious to mess up an otherwise delightful system.

Many thanks in advance for any and all assistance.

Sincerely,


Harold
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Re: Newbie with touchpad problem

Postby viking777 on Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:07 pm

Buy a mouse.
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Re: Newbie with touchpad problem

Postby stratprof on Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:43 pm

:)
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Re: Newbie with touchpad problem

Postby viking777 on Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:08 pm

Glad you appreciated the humour, but it did have a serious message behind it.

I started using linux 10 years ago. Back then touchpads did not work well with Linux. 10 years down the line and they still don't work well with Linux. Of course you could always wait another 10 years and see how things go or you could do as I do and use a mini-mouse instead.
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Re: Newbie with touchpad problem

Postby stratprof on Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:37 pm

I actually understood the sub-text, too. I hooked up a favorite trackball as soon as I saw your post.

Your message helped me avoid efforts that would not be effective yet would run the risk of harming my setup. I'm very grateful for the guidance.
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