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    How To: Alps touchpad on 2.6.10 Hoary

    At the request of somebody I helped earlier.

    % sudo aptitude install linux-source-2.6.10 kernel-package xorg-driver-synaptics
    % cd /usr/src
    % sudo tar -x -j -f linux-source-2.6.10.tar.bz2
    % cd linux-source-2.6.10
    % gunzip -c /usr/share/doc/xorg-driver-synaptics/alps.patch.gz | sudo patch -p1
    % sudo cp /boot/config-2.6.10-5-386 ./.config ## or whatever you are currently running--note that there are two dots there, since the file is <dot>config
    % sudo make-kpkg --us --uc --initrd --append_to_version "-5-386-alps" kernel_image kernel_headers kernel_source
    % cd ..
    % sudo dpkg -i kernel*alps*deb

    Then just use the template in /usr/share/doc/xorg-driver-synaptics/README.alps for your xorg.conf. To disable tap-to-click while preserving the scrolling behavior on the right edge of the pad, try setting MaxTapTime to 0.
    Last edited by mendicant; April 26th, 2005 at 03:31 PM. Reason: Remove '-' from gunzip -c ... | patch

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    Re: How To: Alps touchpad on 2.6.10 Hoary

    Thanks for the guide but I'm failing at the aptitude command!

    Can you tell me which repositries you're using?

    Thanks

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    Re: How To: Alps touchpad on 2.6.10 Hoary

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveGodfrey
    Thanks for the guide but I'm failing at the aptitude command!
    How are you failing?

    xorg-driver-synaptics is in X11/main
    kernel-package is in misc/main
    linux-source-2.6.10 is in devel/main

    I do have restricted, universe and multiverse, but those won't matter because everything is in main.
    Last edited by mendicant; April 20th, 2005 at 04:21 PM.

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    Re: How To: Alps touchpad on 2.6.10 Hoary

    You could just use apt-get instead of aptitude...

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    Re: How To: Alps touchpad on 2.6.10 Hoary

    aptitude vs apt-get isn't likely to be the issue. In any case, you should use aptitude in preference to apt-get or other console based front ends:

    http://lists.debian.org/debian-user/.../msg11344.html

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    Re: How To: Alps touchpad on 2.6.10 Hoary

    Right then I've eventually managed to get all that done! It's taken me around 15 hours.....

    I re-boot the PC and my new kernel was there (ends in -alps) booted into that and X wouldn't start. So I restored the original xorg.conf and it started up ok

    The tap to click has now been disabled (phew) but I still get the mouse occasionally scrolling down the screen and getting stuck at the top or bottom menu bar

    Any ideas?

    Thanks

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    Re: How To: Alps touchpad on 2.6.10 Hoary

    That's a weird one. I've never seen it before. Does this happen when you're intentionally moving the mouse, or does it seem random?

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    Re: How To: Alps touchpad on 2.6.10 Hoary

    Both! I might be using the mouse then the pointer will scroll up (or down) the screen and just sit there. I can move it left and right withing the menu bar but not out of the menubar.

    I'm going to trying installing the 2.6.11 kernel as from what I've read that has the synoptics (Alps in my case) support built in.

    Anyone know any Ubuntu howto's on installing new kernels?

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    Re: How To: Alps touchpad on 2.6.10 Hoary

    How old is the touchpad? It could very well be a hardware issue, as well. It could be dirty, or something much more difficult. Do you dual boot? Does it happen in other OS's? Is it a recent thing?

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    Re: How To: Alps touchpad on 2.6.10 Hoary

    It's an 18 month old Toshiba Tecra S1, the touchpad works fine in XP.

    It is a dual touchpad/nipple thing!

    As I'm typing this the mouse is moving around the top of the screen! It's a nightmare tabbing around to find the buttons!!

    It would seem as if there is a problem with the dual-pointer. I always have the nipple one disabled in windows so know I need to find out how to do that in Linux.....

    Oh well.
    Last edited by SteveGodfrey; April 21st, 2005 at 09:39 PM.

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