Fedora 10, EeePC Synaptics Touchpad

Post date: Feb 19, 2009 3:06:49 AM

Getting the touchpad fully working with the synaptics driver

It was working out of the box BUT not with full functionality

Things I tried:

Vanilla F10 with the stock kernel

- Pretty much everything works including the touchpad with double finger scrolling

- Things that don't work - suspend hangs gsynaptics configuration fails with the missing SHMConfig message.

- adding an xorg.conf file with the synaptics driver specifically spec'd has no effect, infact X does not

find the device (see the /var/log/Xorg.0.log)

(II) Synaptics touchpad driver version 0.15.2

synaptics no synaptics event device found

(**) Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"

(EE) xf86OpenSerial: Cannot open device /dev/psaux

No such file or directory.

Synaptics driver unable to open device

(EE) PreInit failed for input device "synaptics"

(II) UnloadModule: "synaptics"

This is what is was finding and configuring...

(II) config/hal: Adding input device ImPS/2 Logitech Wheel Mouse

(**) ImPS/2 Logitech Wheel Mouse: always reports core events

(**) ImPS/2 Logitech Wheel Mouse: Device: "/dev/input/event6"

(II) ImPS/2 Logitech Wheel Mouse: Found 3 mouse buttons

(II) ImPS/2 Logitech Wheel Mouse: Found x and y relative axes

(II) ImPS/2 Logitech Wheel Mouse: Configuring as mouse

(**) ImPS/2 Logitech Wheel Mouse: YAxisMapping: buttons 4 and 5

(**) ImPS/2 Logitech Wheel Mouse: EmulateWheelButton: 4, EmulateWheelInertia: 10, EmulateWheelTimeout: 200

(II) XINPUT: Adding extended input device "ImPS/2 Logitech Wheel Mouse" (type: MOUSE)

(II) config/hal: Adding input device Macintosh mouse button emulation

(**) Macintosh mouse button emulation: always reports core events

(**) Macintosh mouse button emulation: Device: "/dev/input/event4"

(II) Macintosh mouse button emulation: Found 3 mouse buttons

(II) Macintosh mouse button emulation: Found x and y relative axes

(II) Macintosh mouse button emulation: Configuring as mouse

(**) Macintosh mouse button emulation: YAxisMapping: buttons 4 and 5

(**) Macintosh mouse button emulation: EmulateWheelButton: 4, EmulateWheelInertia: 10, EmulateWheelTimeout: 200

(II) XINPUT: Adding extended input device "Macintosh mouse button emulation" (type: MOUSE)

What the ?*%!? The EeePC has no Logitech mouse.

The touchpad is getting config'd as a plain Logitech mouse.

Helpful Packages to figure out what hal is seeing

yum install gnome-device-manager

then use gnome-device-manager to see what the hal properties are for the pointing device it finds.

or use the 'lshal' command from the hal package

- creating and adding an entry in the /etc/hal/fdi/poilicy/99-elantech.fdi file

DID NOT Help because (as seen above) hal was not finding a touchpad. It thought it found a Logitech mouse.

- Now I see/read (http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=206114) that the x11 synaptics driver has to be the latest.

Grab the latest x11 synaptics driver from... http://rapidshare.com/files/191129044/

un tgz it, there is a xorg-x11-drv-synaptics-0.99.2-1.fc10.i386.rpm inside.

Thanks go to the Quasar8000 at http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=206114&highlight=eeepc

or you can grab and build from source ... http://cgit.freedesktop.org/xorg/driver/xf86-input-synaptics

install it with

sudo rpm --nosignature -i xorg-x11-drv-synaptics-0.99.2-1.fc10.i386.rpm

I also added the following file to my /etc/hal/fdi/policy directory


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>

<!-- this should live in /etc/hal/fdi/poilicy dir -->

<deviceinfo version="0.2">


<match key="info.product" contains="Touchpad">

<merge key="input.x11_options.SHMConfig" type="string">On</merge>

<merge key="input.x11_driver" type="string">synaptics</merge>





Notice that it is matching

<match key="info.product" contains="Touchpad">

Many other web pages discussing this don't match this

restart hal

/etc/init.d/haldaemon restart

Log Out..

At the gdm login screen, restart X by doing a Ctrl-Alt-Backspace

Log back in

and gsynaptics should work without error!! Mine does.

You can use gnome-device-manager to find the device and all its properties that can be used for a match

Before I added the hal fdi file, it was showing as a Logitech mouse,

This is the command that I run when I login to X/Gnome

synclient MaxTapTime=180 EmulateMidButtonTime=75 TapButton1=1 TapButton2=3 TapButton3=2 ClickFinger1=1 ClickFinger2=3 ClickFinger3=2

I put it into a sh file and added it to

System > Preferences > Personal Sessions

so it runs every login.