Using a tablet / 2 in 1 laptop with touchscreen?

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Using a tablet / 2 in 1 laptop with touchscreen?

Post by astrokamel »

Hello, I'm not sure I qualify as a newbie, but I'm also not sure that I don't lol. I've got Linux Mint installed properly on my Dell Insipiron 11 I3168 2 in 1, but I have a few issues that I'm not sure how to solve. I figure surely these issues have been addressed in a collective fashion somewhere, but perhaps not... my searches are coming up with (for lack of a better term) sparse results.

Here are my system details:

Linux Mint 19.1, Cinnamon 64-bit

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  Host: skinnyjeans Kernel: 4.15.0-20-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc 
  v: 7.3.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.0.9 Distro: Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa 
  base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic 
  Type: Portable System: Dell product: Inspiron 11-3168 v: 1.0.7 
  serial: <filter> 
  Mobo: Dell model: 0219X2 v: A00 serial: <filter> UEFI: Dell v: 1.0.7 
  date: 08/18/2016 
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 21.2 Wh condition: 28.5/32.0 Wh (89%) 
  model: Samsung SD DELL PGYK574 status: Discharging 
  Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Pentium N3710 bits: 64 type: MCP 
  arch: Airmont rev: 4 L2 cache: 1024 KiB 
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 12800 
  Speed: 480 MHz min/max: 480/2560 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 503 2: 506 
  3: 480 4: 480 
  Device-1: Intel Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor x5-E8000/J3xxx/N3xxx 
  Integrated Graphics 
  vendor: Dell driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa 
  resolution: 1366x768~60Hz 
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell) 
  v: 4.5 Mesa 18.2.2 direct render: Yes 
  Device-1: Intel Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor x5-E8000/J3xxx/N3xxx Series 
  High Definition Audio 
  vendor: Dell driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.15.0-20-generic 
  Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter 
  vendor: Dell driver: ath9k v: kernel port: f040 bus ID: 01:00.0 
  IF: wlp1s0 state: up mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: Atheros type: USB driver: btusb bus ID: 1-3:11 
  Local Storage: total: 931.51 GiB used: 15.97 GiB (1.7%) 
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Toshiba model: HDWL110 size: 931.51 GiB 
  ID-1: / size: 449.92 GiB used: 15.94 GiB (3.5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda5 
  System Temperatures: cpu: 26.0 C mobo: 42.0 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
  Processes: 239 Uptime: 2h 00m Memory: 3.75 GiB used: 2.32 GiB (61.9%) 
  Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.3.0 Shell: bash v: 4.4.19 
  inxi: 3.0.27 
Getting Linux Mint working in "tablet mode" questions/comments
  • Keyboard gets disabled when rotating screen past ~185 degrees (hardware behavior, likely)
  • On-screen keyboard does not automatically open (accessibility setting found for this, could not get it working correctly)
  • Touchpad is still active when rotating screen to tablet orientation (no option found in touchpad settings for this)
  • The touchscreen works
  • The mouse stays visible while using the touchscreen
  • Tap/drag to scroll only works in some applications (notable: not firefox)
  • Long-tap to right click does not work (i found a setting in accessibility to enable but it doesn't seem to be quite what's needed since it also impacts touchpad/mouse operation)
  • iio-sensor-proxy is installed
  • running command-line utility "monitor-sensor" does produce an output when rotating
  • Could not find any display auto-rotation settings (expected to find in display)
  1. Is it possible to add a button to the task-bar to toggle the on-screen keyboard?
  2. Can I enable auto-rotation of the screen?
  3. Can I disable the touchpad when in "tablet mode"? If not, is it possible to add an icon to the task bar to toggle it via the touchscreen?
Thanks so much for any help!!!

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Re: Using a tablet / 2 in 1 laptop with touchscreen?

Post by revdjenk »

Sorry for the late answer, but I just bought Dell p58f 7569 15 with i5 2 in 1. dual booting with 19.1 Cinnamon

So far I have found that tablet mode works with touchscreen, does NOT rotate, and both keyboard and trackpad are disabled.
The 15" widescreen is rather unwieldy as a tablet, anyway! But thought I'd try it once.
Games in tent mode are rather nice, but again, no way to do text entry, that I've found, yet.
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Re: Using a tablet / 2 in 1 laptop with touchscreen?

Post by Sageb11 »

Have you tried not using the keyboard in tablet mode and installing Ubuntu for tablets?

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