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Touchpad Issues Still Not Fixed in Fedora 18

asked 2013-01-31 11:31:50 -0500

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updated 2014-12-23 12:23:23 -0500

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Update, I have been playing with the live version of this before install and I see I still have the same issues and there has been no resolution on this. How can it be totally ignored? Is there any way to fix this problem. I sure other people has this problem. Please help me.

I am using a MSI Wind L1350 Netbook with Fedora 17. Overall quite happy with performance and functionality. I do however have 1 major issue. I cannot figure out how to turn off tapping on my touchpad. I absolutely despise tapping and my thumbs constantly hit the pad on such small keyboard.

I have tried the mouse and touchpad setting in Gnome where you would think this would be but there is no tab there for touchpad just mouse settings which I find weird.

I attempted to turn it off in the /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/ with the files in there such as: 10-evdev.conf 10-quirks.conf 50-synaptics.conf~ 50-wacom.conf 10-evdev.conf~ 50-synaptics.conf 50-vmmouse.conf

Still no luck maybe I not editing it correctly.

There has got to be a simple way to turn off this tapping. Please any help is greatly appreciated!


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answered 2013-01-31 11:48:20 -0500

updated 2013-01-31 11:48:40 -0500

Personally I use syndaemon. I run it on login.

syndaemon -t -k -i 2 -d

-i 2 sets the idle time to 2 seconds. The idle time specifies how many seconds to wait after the last key-press before enabling the touchpad again. -t tells the daemon not to disable mouse movement when typing and only disable tapping and scrolling. -k tells the daemon to ignore modifier keys when monitoring keyboard activity (e.g.: allows Ctrl+Left Click). -d starts as a daemon, in the background.

More details are available in the man page:

man syndaemon

Otherwise mouse configuration varies by window manager.

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answered 2013-07-01 19:42:45 -0500

The syndaemon command, strangely, works on my FC18 laptop, but not on my wife's FC18 laptop. Not at all sure why. I'm working on that, but we need a solution faster than I can figure out why it works on my laptop but not hers. (Identical machines.)

But I found this at RPM Sphere, a version of the synaptics (synaptiks) touchpad driver that allows you to turn off tapping. No keyboard delay, but it at least turns it off and still allows pointer movement.

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