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Thread: touch pad recognised as ps/2 generic mouse on Dell N5030

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    Re: touch pad recognised as ps/2 generic mouse on Dell N5030

    Same problem on a new dell E6510 running Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit. I have been looking for over a week now, but so far, no solution...

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    Re: touch pad recognised as ps/2 generic mouse on Dell N5030

    Apparently there has been some success when applying this kernel patch...

    Since I'm no expert on the matter and don' really know how to patch, I think I'll wait until a definitive fix is released.

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    Thumbs up Re: touch pad recognised as ps/2 generic mouse on Dell N5030

    I have kind of a solution for this issue.

    The problem is that Dell Inspiron N5030 has Alps Touchpad instead of Synaptics which they use in most laptops and the alps driver is not very good.

    I have written a script in bash that gets the xinput id and disables or enables your touchpad depending in what status it is at the moment.

    You can download the script from the following URL:

    http://www.emarketbg.com/scripts/touchpad.sh

    Steps to take to bind it to your touchpad button.

    1. Copy the file in your /bin directory and give it 755 permissions.

    2. Run from console the following command:

    gnome-keybinding-properties

    or open System/Preferences/Keyboard Shortcuts

    3. Click the Add button on the window that has opened

    4. On the small window that just opened write the following:

    Name: Touchpad
    Command: /bin/touchpad.sh

    and click the Apply button.

    5. Your custom shortcut will appear at the bottom of the list, right-click in the Shortcut column to bind a new key to that shortcut and press the touchpad key on your laptop's keyboard.

    6. Close the Keyboard Shortcuts window and enjoy the script.

    If you have any questions you can write me at amorphis@emarketbg.com

    Please note it is my first public script and it may not be the best solution for the touchpad problem but it is some solution.

    Tested on Dell INSPIRON N5030 with Ubuntu 10.10

    Enjoy
    Last edited by amorphinator; April 8th, 2011 at 02:49 AM.

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    Re: touch pad recognised as ps/2 generic mouse on Dell N5030

    Just installed Natty Narwhal today to give it try and touchpad is recognized with this new release! Vertical and horizonal scrolling work out of the box...

    So just hold on a couple of more days and you an upgrade to 11.04!

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    Re: touch pad recognised as ps/2 generic mouse on Dell N5030

    Dell N5030, Natty 11.04 is recognizing the touchpad, but touchpad tab is still missing in the mouse properties. Also changes made to touchpad in gconf does not have any effect.

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    Re: touch pad recognised as ps/2 generic mouse on Dell N5030

    Quote Originally Posted by raghukr View Post
    Dell N5030, Natty 11.04 is recognizing the touchpad, but touchpad tab is still missing in the mouse properties. Also changes made to touchpad in gconf does not have any effect.
    +1, same state of affairs for me. Dell Vostro.

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    Re: touch pad recognised as ps/2 generic mouse on Dell N5030

    Thanks for the script. Works great on my system to toggle the Touchpad. I modified one section that gives an onscreen notification of the Touchpad status:

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    #once we get the device status depending on the status we set it the other way arround
    if [ "$getstatus" == "1" ]; then
    newstatus="0"
    zenity --info --text="Touchpad OFF" --timeout 1
    else
    newstatus="1"
    zenity --info --text="Touchpad ON" --timeout 1
    fi
    `xinput set-prop $devid "Device Enabled" $newstatus`
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    I chose zenity instead of notify-send to have a lockout of 1 second.

    CapnCaffeine

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    Re: touch pad recognised as ps/2 generic mouse on Dell N5030

    You can speed up your ALPS touchpad by this way. Type this code in yourfile.sh, make executable and add it to user autoload.
    Code:
    xinput list-props "ImPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint" | grep Velocity
    xinput set-prop "ImPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint" "Device Accel Velocity Scaling" 100
    xinput list-props "ImPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint" | grep Velocity
    This was tested on ubuntu 11.04 dell inspiron n5030
    I am sorry for my english.
    Last edited by jura12; May 24th, 2011 at 09:10 PM.

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    Re: touch pad recognised as ps/2 generic mouse on Dell N5030

    Anybody have a solution yet to get scrolling working? (don't want to change kernels)

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    Re: touch pad recognised as ps/2 generic mouse on Dell N5030

    Kubuntu 11.04 enabling the script for toggling the mouse, having download, copied and reset permissions as per instructions:

    In System Settings go to Shortcuts and Gestures.

    Select Custom Shortcuts then use the button (showing as Edit with a dropdown icon) at the bottom to select New > Global Shortcut > Command/URL.

    Rename as suits, then use the Trigger tab to select the key (I used F6 because I don't use it for anything else and I wanted a single key for speed, choose a key or combination that suits you).

    In the Action tab enter the command /bin/touchpad.sh

    This allows amorphinator's excellent (thanks ) script to toggle the touchpad off/on in KDE - note if you have opted for the combined touchpad and stick setup on your laptop the script toggles the whole mouse system off/on, reflecting the issue with Alps' lack of cooperation in not providing the specs of the hardware.

    This was for a Dell E5420, will probably work for all E-series as well as others with the same Alps hardware.

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