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Thread: ImPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint, no driver

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    ImPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint, no driver

    My trackpad on my Dell Vostro laptop has never been recognized as anything other than a generic mouse for several versions of Ubuntu (since 10.04).

    I look at //mnt/bdmpartition/bdm_dir/Linux to see what track pad I have, and it shows:

    ImPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint.

    How could I go about looking for a driver for this, and
    How would I know if anyone is even working on one?

    Or best, anyone know of a fix?

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    Re: ImPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint, no driver

    Try this driver for ALPS touchpad. Install and then restart.

    I have tested this with 11.10. It works for me and gave me mulitouch with my ALPS touchpad, I can have edge scrolling or two finger scrolling, set sensitivity and speed. Didn't try anything else.
    Source: [regression] Alps touchpad detected, but scrolling not working LP bug #737051

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    Re: ImPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint, no driver

    Scarleo, thanks! I'll give it a try when I get back to my laptop, and report back.

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    Re: ImPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint, no driver

    Yep, installed, and it works for me in Mint12, aka 11.10, awesome!!!

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    Re: ImPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint, no driver

    I am SO THANKFUL to whoever made this.

    My touchpad is finally configurable on my Dell Inspiron N5110. I can actually type without the cursor moving every which way when my palm is near the touchpad.

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    Re: ImPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint, no driver

    Yes, my Dell Inspiron 5110 (Kubuntu 11.10) touch pad is configurable now. Thanks. But in configuration options I still couldn't find how to disable it.

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    Re: ImPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint, no driver

    I am running 12.04 Beta 1 on a Dell Inspiron N5110.

    In Update Manager, the install of the above recommended deb seemed OK, but after restarting I still don't have any touchpad in System Settings. I then ran sudo dpkg -i psmouse-alps-dkms_0.10_all.deb in the terminal and got this:

    Setting up psmouse-alps-dkms (0.10) ...

    Loading tarball for psmouse-alps-0.10
    Loading /var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/2.6.38-11-generic/x86_64...

    DKMS: ldtarball completed.

    Creating symlink /var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/source ->
    /usr/src/psmouse-alps-0.10

    DKMS: add completed.
    First Installation: checking all kernels...
    Building only for 3.2.0-18-generic-pae
    Building for architecture i686
    Building initial module for 3.2.0-18-generic-pae
    Error! Bad return status for module build on kernel: 3.2.0-18-generic-pae (i686)
    Consult /var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build/make.log for more information.

    The make.log looks like this:

    DKMS make.log for psmouse-alps-0.10 for kernel 3.2.0-18-generic-pae (i686)
    Mon Mar 12 19:54:46 CET 2012
    make: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-18-generic-pae'
    LD /var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build/src/built-in.o
    CC [M] /var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build/src/psmouse-base.o
    CC [M] /var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build/src/synaptics.o
    CC [M] /var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build/src/alps.o
    /var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build/src/alps.c:135:33: error: expected ‘)’ before ‘int’
    make[2]: *** [/var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build/src/alps.o] Error 1
    make[1]: *** [/var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build/src] Error 2
    make: *** [_module_/var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build] Error 2
    make: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-18-generic-pae'

    I've looked at line 135 in the file alps.c:

    module_param(alps_dump_packets, int, 0644);

    I don't know nearly enough to try and put the expected ')' in the right place! Or am I doing something completely wrong?? Maybe this deb doesn't work with 12.04??

    Thanks in advance for any help!

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    Re: ImPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint, no driver

    Hello, I was having exactly the same problem. I "fixed" the compile error, but probably will get shot for my "solution":
    In alps.c an #include "linux/moduleparam.h" is missing. I can unpack the package fix the error but the I do not know how to build the package again, since this is not a source package. Therefor I took a lib from /usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0.18-generic/include/linux and included an #include "moduleparams.h" in it and installed the package.
    Well at least it works, and with the next update of the kernel headers it will be overwritten.
    But remember its dirty, very dirty, very very dirty!!!
    Update: well the module compiled but two finger scrolling still does not work. Hope you have more luck.
    Last edited by jmfrank63; March 12th, 2012 at 10:20 PM.

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    Re: ImPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint, no driver

    Hi jmfrank63

    Thanks for the answer, even though I'm a little hesitant to try it with my very limited linux skills. Maybe I'll get up enough courage or get frustrated enough to try it...

    Thanks!

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    Unhappy Re: ImPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint, no driver

    Did NOT work for me using Ubuntu 11.10 Desktop AMD64

    It was only ever shown as mouse, although it did work OK as just a pointing/clicking device. I really wanted multitouch tho. The loss of two finger scroll, and no working prefs tab, was a deal breaker. Back to Win7 for now...

    Anyone have a foolproof method for this yet? I don't care if I have to replace .conf files or whatever. Someone solved this with a three-part kernel argument on boot, unloading and reloading i1802 or something?!

    Cheers for any help!

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