Highly unresponsive trackpad on Macbook

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kyzen
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Highly unresponsive trackpad on Macbook

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This is my first real foray into Linux as a primary-computer OS (I've had a Linux server I can barely operate running Minecraft, MySQL, and Apache, but never did much with it once I got a website and my game server up), so please forgive any stupid terminology.

I just put Linux Mint 12 on an early 2009 white Macbook (5,2). While using it, I have to press pretty hard on the trackpad for it to pick up my gestures. In OS X, I can just lightly slide across it, but in Linux (both Mint and Ubuntu), I'm having to push so hard that on a newer Macbook (the ones without buttons), I'd actually be clicking the thing.

I don't know if I should be looking for better drivers or what. I've searched around a bit, and the only thing I've found to do is to increase the sensitivity in the system settings, but that didn't seem to do much.

Any help would be hugely appreciated!

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Re: Highly unresponsive trackpad on Macbook

Post by mysteryd »

If you have found a solution for this problem please let me know. I attempted to replace OSX with Lisa last month but the trackpad made the laptop basically unusable and went back to OSX.

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Re: Highly unresponsive trackpad on Macbook

Post by clemare »

The fact is, there is no information from apple on how the track pad works.... the behaviour is the same independent the version of your hardware. I got the same from a powerbook G4 and from my macbook 5,2. I carry with a little wireless mouse in my bag, so when I boot from linux, I don't bother to use the trackpad.

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Re: Highly unresponsive trackpad on Macbook

Post by Rjhowe »

I just installed Mint on my white mac book 4.1

Trackpad / Touchpad

To achieve familiar behavior with the Apple trackpad go to System -> Preferences -> Mouse and select the Touchpad tab. Select Disable touchpad while typing. Deselect Enable mouse clicks with touchpad. Select Two-finger scrolling.

By default, the trackpad may not sense your finger unless you press on it. To fix this, run "synclient FingerLow=10" and "synclient FingerHigh=20" in the terminal. To make this change permanent: run "sudo gedit /usr/lib/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-synaptics.conf" Find the touchpad section and add these two lines to the end of the section:
--------------------------------------------------------
Section "InputClass"
Identifier "touchpad catchall"
MatchIsTouchpad "on"
MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
Driver "synaptics"

Option "FingerLow" "10"
Option "FingerHigh" "20"
EndSection

--------------------------------------------------------

Works great now. I'm using refit for dual boot and loving it.

My souce https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBo ... d#Trackpad
:)

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Re: Highly unresponsive trackpad on Macbook

Post by zippytex »

I got it to work temp. But I got lost in installing it permanetly.
Rjhowe wrote:
...To make this change permanent: run "sudo gedit /usr/lib/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-synaptics.conf" Find the touchpad section and add these two lines to the end of section: Then he lists the 8 lines. The window that pops up is gedit. But I do not know what to do with it or where to find the trackpad file.

Could someone please write it out for me exactly? I am trying to make a late 2008 Macbook work. So far, the trackpad is the only thing that does not work. I would appreciate any help. I am using LM 16. Thanks, Mary

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Re:UPDATE Highly unresponsive trackpad on Macbook

Post by zippytex »

I am using LinuxMint 17 on a Macbook late 2008. Here is what I have done.

NOTE: In terminal:
synclient FingerLow=10
synclient FingerHigh=20

NOTE:To make this change permanent: run

sudo gedit /usr/lib/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-synaptics.conf

(NOTE): I did the above and it works fine.

(NOTE:) I do not understand where to enter the lines below to make it permanet.

"Find the touchpad section and add these two lines to the end of the section:"

(NOTE): (HOW do I find the touchpad section?)

Section "InputClass"
Identifier "touchpad catchall"
MatchIsTouchpad "on"
MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
Driver "synaptics"

Option "FingerLow" "10"
Option "FingerHigh" "20"
EndSection

(NOTE:) Thank you for your help.

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Re: Highly unresponsive trackpad on Macbook

Post by zippytex »

synclient FingerLow=10 synclient FingerHigh=20

I entered the above as one line in the startup applications and it worked fine. Starts up for the Mac trackpad each time I start the machine.

I did:
menu to system settings to Preferences and then startup programs and then clicked on add, then put trackpad in space for name and then in the command line box, I put in the above line (all in one line) and clicked on add in bottom right.

It works for me. Thanks.

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