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    Ubuntu 10.10 and Macbook Trackpad

    Hi, i recently upgraded to Ubuntu 10.10 RC 1, reinstalled all the packages necessary for the trackpad and still my (Macbook 5.5) trackpad almost stopped functioning completely.. i can only move the mouse pointer and click, no scrolling or two finger secondary click..

    anyone managed to get a modern macbook pro trackpad to fully work on 10.10 like it does on 10.04 ?


    Thanks !
    Last edited by mzruya; October 2nd, 2010 at 02:01 PM.

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    Re: Ubuntu 10.10 and Macbook Trackpad

    I have the exact same issue with my 6,2. It also appears that the settings dialog for trackpads has disappeared.

    EDIT:

    After installing uTouch, it detected the touchpad perfectly, and gesturetest successfully identified all of the gestures I threw at it (1-5 fingers, taps and swipes).
    Last edited by Jekshadow; October 2nd, 2010 at 02:34 PM.

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    Re: Ubuntu 10.10 and Macbook Trackpad

    how did you get the utouch driver working? Does that mean you now have multitouch like in osx?

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    Re: Ubuntu 10.10 and Macbook Trackpad

    i don't know how to get utouch running, but I could recover everything it could in 10.04 by installing
    - xserver-xorg-input-synaptic
    - bcm-5974-dkms from the maverick mactel repos.

    Doing so, I get back the "Trackpad" tab under System->Preferences->Mouse

    Nevertheless - as in 10.04 - this doesn't support three or four-finger gestures...

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    Re: Ubuntu 10.10 and Macbook Trackpad

    Quote Originally Posted by paulinchen View Post
    how did you get the utouch driver working? Does that mean you now have multitouch like in osx?
    uTouch didn't send any actions to the applications, so it doesn't actually do anything.

    Quote Originally Posted by ichigo View Post
    i don't know how to get utouch running, but I could recover everything it could in 10.04 by installing
    - xserver-xorg-input-synaptic
    - bcm-5974-dkms from the maverick mactel repos.

    Doing so, I get back the "Trackpad" tab under System->Preferences->Mouse

    Nevertheless - as in 10.04 - this doesn't support three or four-finger gestures...
    I tried that, it didn't work.
    Last edited by Jekshadow; October 5th, 2010 at 10:10 PM.

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    Re: Ubuntu 10.10 and Macbook Trackpad

    I've got the latest RC of Ubuntu 10.10 running on my macbook pro 5,4. I'm interested to know if anyone figures out how to get the multitouch stuff working with it (uTouch?). Thanks.

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    Re: Ubuntu 10.10 and Macbook Trackpad

    I've got the same thing, install 10.10 new after being on 10.04 for a while using the multitouch drivers (in this forum). Now Installed just with bcm5974 default and installed UTouch as well, but no multitouch thus far.

    Of course two finger scrolling works.

    Cheers

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    Re: Ubuntu 10.10 and Macbook Trackpad

    Quote Originally Posted by ichigo View Post
    i don't know how to get utouch running, but I could recover everything it could in 10.04 by installing
    - xserver-xorg-input-synaptic
    - bcm-5974-dkms from the maverick mactel repos.

    Doing so, I get back the "Trackpad" tab under System->Preferences->Mouse

    Nevertheless - as in 10.04 - this doesn't support three or four-finger gestures...
    After upgrading to 10.10, the "xserver-xorg-input-synaptic" package was missing (with the mactel ppa enabled and all other mac-relevant packages upgraded). Installed it manually and the trackpad works as before.

    Thanks, Nikos

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    Re: Ubuntu 10.10 and Macbook Trackpad

    Hi!!

    I'm experiencing the same problems. It really bugged me that the touchpad-speed was so dead slow.
    I could change it with "pointing devices" dialog, but this changed was reverted after every X-restart.
    Finally, i managed to get a workaround for this issue... You can set the properties of the bcm module by commandline with the tool "xinput".
    First of all, you can list the current settings with xinput list-props "bcm5974". After i played a little bit around with the "pointing devices"-dialog, i found some settings which pleased me. Then i executed the xinput list
    command and used the values to set them via commandline.
    Here's an example which sets the speed (for a macbook pro 5.5), i put it in my .bashrc to execute it at every login:

    xinput set-prop "bcm5974" "Synaptics Move Speed" 0.711864, 5.050848, 0.102339, 0.000000







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    Re: Ubuntu 10.10 and Macbook Trackpad

    Btw, does someone got right-clicking with the touchpad working? Besides that, i can't "drag and move", or whatever the action is called when you click and move the cursor, for example if one wants to select text.

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