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synaptics touchpad

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My work laptop (FJ LifeBook S7010D) has a synaptics touchpad. I want to disable it when typing on the keyboard, to avoid the cursor moving to strange places…

I read the information here and here.

I have confirmed that /dev/psaux exists. However, after modifying /etc/X11/xorg.conf and reloading the gnome session (Ctrl+Alt+Backspace), synclient -l still gives me “Can’t access shared memory area. SHMConfig disabled?

Then I found I have the problem described here: cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep -i synaptics tells me that the driver is loaded, does not find suitable hardware and unloads again.

(**) |-->Input Device "Synaptics Touchpad"
(II) LoadModule: "synaptics"
(II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input//
(II) Module synaptics: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
(II) Synaptics touchpad driver version 0.14.6 (1406)
Synaptics Touchpad no synaptics event device found (checked 17 nodes)
Query no Synaptics: 6003C8
(EE) Synaptics Touchpad no synaptics touchpad detected and no repeater device
(EE) Synaptics Touchpad Unable to query/initialize Synaptics hardware.
(EE) PreInit failed for input device "Synaptics Touchpad"
(II) UnloadModule: "synaptics"

I checked that I have the latest version of the package xserver-xorg-input-synaptics installed and that the evdev module is loaded.

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Written by azimout

15/02/2008 at 11:27

Posted in Problems

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  1. hal-find-by-capability –capability input gives me:


    28/02/2008 at 16:58

  2. on my new FJ-S7110 it worked fine, so the problem was with the old 7010…


    26/03/2008 at 14:33

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