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I have a laptop with touchpad, but inside the Mouse Preferences dialog of the Control Centre, I don't have any Touchpad tab... I have two other laptops, and they do show the tab properly. What could be wrong with my system configuration? The problem is on a Samsung RV711 laptop.
PS. I also have an external bluetooth-mouse attached to this laptop. Could this interfere in some way?
Last edited by josefg on Tue May 01, 2012 10:58 am, edited 2 times in total.
I had problem with my touchpad when I first installed LMDE last week, it worked but I couldn't configure it as I like side scrolling on and tapping off, I installed "gpointing-device-settings" but it wasn't listed just a Logitech pointing device, so after hunting around for drivers but I realised I didn't know what make/model the touchpad was (this is a recent ASUS laptop), then I thought as far as I know the kernel had not been updated since LMDE was released late 2010, so I went into MintUpdate preferences and ticked to allow level 4 & 5 so newer kernel and X packages were installed (I thought why not because as it stood Mint11 was going back on if I couldn't fix it). Now Pointing Devices shows it as ETPS/2 Elantech touchpad and is totally configurable.
@ ginjabunny I installed gpointing-device-settings, and it seems to list my touchpad as a PS/2 Logitech Wheel Mouse just as it did for you. I am using the kernel 2.6.39-2 amd64. Any hints on how to proceed? I am using mintupdate-debian, where the level system has been removed.
@ xircon The touchpad works. I can move the cursor, I can tap to click... Edge scrolling does not work, but this is not my main issue. I want to disable tap-to-click when I type, because I end up tapping unintentionally all the time. Normally, this can be done from the Mouse Preferences dialog, third tab. Except I do not have any third tab there.
lsusb (with no external USB devices attached) reads:
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub Bus 001 Device 003: ID 2232:1005 Bus 002 Device 005: ID 0a5c:219c Broadcom Corp.
@josefg - you can revert to the old mintupdate (as I just did) if you put the /etc/apt/source/list back to how it was (before you swapped to mintupdate-debian) then do reload in synaptic (or sudo apt-get update) then install mintupdate and it removes mintupdate-debian, reboot, you should be able to change the mintupdate prefernces to allow it to install level 4 & 5 updates.
BTW I couldn't find out what my touchpad was either, but I presumed that was because the old kernel hadn't identified it as it knows nothing about that hardware.
Additional: even though it is now listed as an Elantech in gpointing-device-settings it still doesn't show up in lsusb, lspci or lshw, so I don't know how you identify what actual make/model it is until the kernel if updated to correctly detect it. Would be nice to know, if I find out I'll share the info.
Have now installed Update Pack 3, with the new 3.0 kernel. But I still can't get the touchpad driver to work. My laptop is a Samsung NP-RV711. I still haven't figured out how to install or activate the appropriate driver, as I still don't really know which hardware chip is used in the machine.
Looking at the windows driver on samsung's support site, it seems like the touchpad is synaptics. But it still isn't identified as a touchpad by LMDE (only as a mouse), and therefore I still can't stop the tap-feature from translating into mouse clicks when i am typing on the keyboard and touch it accidentally.