[SOLVED]Touch pad moves but doesn't select

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[SOLVED]Touch pad moves but doesn't select

Postby Gabriele_Angelo on Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:23 am

Hello there i'm using LMDE on my laptop.
Using touch pad i can move my pointer, i can scroll and the two buttons work perfectly, but if i hit the pad as a click (or double click) it does nothing.
Has anyone encountered this problem before?
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Re: Touch pad moves but doesn't select

Postby aljoriz on Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:57 am

To activate "click on tap" for your touchpad,
Goto the terminal type
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 sudo gedit /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf
and replace the content of the file with the following:

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Section "InputClass"
Identifier "touchpad catchall"
Driver "synaptics"
MatchIsTouchpad "on"
Option "TapButton1" "1"
Option "VertEdgeScroll" "1"
EndSection
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Re: Touch pad moves but doesn't select

Postby Gabriele_Angelo on Sat Aug 27, 2011 2:55 pm

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$ cat /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf
# Example xorg.conf.d snippet that assigns the touchpad driver
# to all touchpads. See xorg.conf.d(5) for more information on
# InputClass.
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE, your distribution will likely overwrite
# it when updating. Copy (and rename) this file into
# /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d first.
# Additional options may be added in the form of
#   Option "OptionName" "value"
#
Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "touchpad catchall"
        Driver "synaptics"
        MatchIsTouchpad "on"
        Option "TapButton1" "1"
        Option "VertEdgeScroll" "1"
# This option is recommend on all Linux systems using evdev, but cannot be
# enabled by default. See the following link for details:
# http://who-t.blogspot.com/2010/11/how-to-ignore-configuration-errors.html
#       MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
EndSection


Thanks for your help but... i mean... i think lines are the same, but still doesn't work... i rebooted twice.
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Re: Touch pad moves but doesn't select

Postby xircon on Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:40 pm

Try (from a terminal):
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synclient TapButton1=1


May give some useful errors if it doesn't work.

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Re: Touch pad moves but doesn't select

Postby Gabriele_Angelo on Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:10 pm

Uhm i got something unexpected. I got nothing, i mean when i type
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synclient TapButton1=1

on terminal, the system respond with a new line ready to receive a new command without writing anything.
I think i miss some driver, i'll check them out.
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Re: Touch pad moves but doesn't select

Postby xircon on Sun Aug 28, 2011 4:00 am

Hmmmm, if the driver wasn't installed I would expect error messages, not the other way round.
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Re: Touch pad moves but doesn't select

Postby aljoriz on Sun Aug 28, 2011 4:39 am

Gabriele_Angelo wrote:Thanks for your help but... i mean... i think lines are the same, but still doesn't work... i rebooted twice.


when you reboot type
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sudo nano /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf

REMOVE all the COMMENTS so that entry would really be just this
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Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "touchpad catchall"
        Driver "synaptics"
        MatchIsTouchpad "on"
        Option "TapButton1" "1"
        Option "VertEdgeScroll" "1"
EndSection


Yes it 'looks' the same but the # before the EndSection is considered as a line and not a comment; Tried this before so I hope this will help you.
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Re: Touch pad moves but doesn't select

Postby Gabriele_Angelo on Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:44 am

Well i put together the section. Nothing.
I moved to top the section. Nothing.
I did what wrote on this lines
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# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE, your distribution will likely overwrite
# it when updating. Copy (and rename) this file into
# /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d first.

and the erased all comments. Nothing.
Now in
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 /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf

i have only this
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 $ cat /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf
Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "touchpad catchall"
        Driver "synaptics"
        MatchIsTouchpad "on"
        Option "TapButton1" "1"
        Option "VertEdgeScroll" "1"
EndSection

So weird.
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Re: Touch pad moves but doesn't select

Postby xircon on Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:54 am

Are you on a 32 or 64 bit system? I have written a little gui to control synclient, its 64 bit. Its in my dropbox http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1286239/scgui

The buttons go green when set on, grey when set off. Works well on my system and has for months. If you click touchpad off, press enter to turn it back on.

Might work, might not.
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Re: Touch pad moves but doesn't select

Postby Gabriele_Angelo on Sun Aug 28, 2011 9:11 am

I'm on a 32 bit system, i tried to execute it anyway and i got errors and these two files
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$ sudo ./scgui
./scgui: 1: 8: not found
./scgui: 6: Syntax error: ")" unexpected

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?

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????@@8?@??@@?????????P?P??P???%?vdUPX!?????2ߥ2???????

They were empty text files.
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Re: Touch pad moves but doesn't select

Postby xircon on Sun Aug 28, 2011 9:15 am

Won't run on a 32bit system afaik. All is does is act as a frontend to synclient anyway. Can't recompile, it is written in Free Pascal / Lazarus (which is the IDE for FPC).
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Re: Touch pad moves but doesn't select

Postby malligt on Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:35 am

In my own experience, this depends on what hardware that your laptop has installed in it. My touchpad would slide perfectly, but would not "click" or "tap".

After further investigation, I found that I had ALPS Glide Point/Stick Pointer installed as the hardware for my touchpad, and sadly,that LMDE would not work with it.

(Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop)

So check out your installed hardware...that might just be the problem.
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Re: Touch pad moves but doesn't select

Postby Gabriele_Angelo on Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:58 am

malligt wrote:So check out your installed hardware...that might just be the problem.


That's what i thought at first, so i checked for drivers, but the problem was not there.
Looking in my mouse preferences i noticed that the cell that allows clicks with touch-pad was unchecked.

I'm feeling really really n00b right now. <.<

Anyway i thank you all especially xircon that tried to help me with that application.

(I still feel like a n00b)

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Re: Touch pad moves but doesn't select

Postby aljoriz on Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:29 am

Edit your first post and add SOLVED to the subject line. :D
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Re: Touch pad moves but doesn't select

Postby jimod4343 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:21 am

aljoriz wrote:To activate "click on tap" for your touchpad,
Goto the terminal type
Code: Select all
 sudo gedit /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf
and replace the content of the file with the following:

Code: Select all
Section "InputClass"
Identifier "touchpad catchall"
Driver "synaptics"
MatchIsTouchpad "on"
Option "TapButton1" "1"
Option "VertEdgeScroll" "1"
EndSection




Worked perfectly for me on my Acer Aspire 5741 Laptop. Now a happy camper - thanks. :D
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Re: [SOLVED]Touch pad moves but doesn't select

Postby xircon on Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:39 pm

@ David G - https://www.dropbox.com/s/q5h63qgmt8kk4m3/scgui.zip

This is a link to the free pascal source, needs lazarus to open.

HTH

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Re: [SOLVED]Touch pad moves but doesn't select

Postby puigpuig on Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:06 pm

My touchpad stopped to work properly: it moved the pointer but the clicks didn't work from the touchpad...

The problem has been solved just by tiping in a terminal window:

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synclient TapButton1=1


BUT the problem is that after restart, you have again the same problem: the topuchpad does not accept clicks.

I've found in another Forum a solution:

just add in the Startup Applications an item as:

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bash -c 'sleep 10; synclient TapButton1=1 TapButton2=3 TapButton3=2'


In that way, after waiting for 10 seconds, it will activate the TapButton1.

It works for me with a Linux Mint.
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