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  1. #21
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    Thumbs up Re: Dell Alps touchpad driver

    Quote Originally Posted by hencoappel View Post
    For those still struggling, this link helped me on Debian, using the 3.8-2-amd64 kernel. I was getting a similar error to parthsane and skilia.
    I have Dell inspiron 7720 SE R17 and i had same problems as parthsane and skilia. But the link hencoappel posted is great. Now my touchpad works as touchpad =) Ty hencoappel
    Oh yes and i have Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit =)

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    Re: Dell Alps touchpad driver

    Hi Aboud,

    I have been stuggling for months to find a solution to my own problem with running Mint 14 (which is Ubuntu-based) on a newly-acquired Sony Vaio laptop. I deliberately purchased a powerful, fully-loaded laptop which came with Windows 7--intending to set up a multiboot environment. The touchpad was detected, yet I was baffled when I found that my cursor would behave wildly whenever I attempted to type. "System Settings" in Mint 14 was no help at all. It turns out that the ALPS touchpad was being interpreted as a PS2 mouse, just as you describe.

    I downloaded your file, and I took a chance and ran your script. Now, the touchpad is listed among my devices, and it works flawlessly!

    My hat is off to you, Sir. I went down several blind alleys before finding your elegant approach.

    Many thanks,

    Tim Hellner

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    Re: Dell Alps touchpad driver

    That little tarball worked like a charm. Thank you Aboud =D

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    Re: Dell Alps touchpad driver

    I tried this on my Dell Inspiron 7720 and it is working perfectly. The Arch Linux forum has a solution.

    The procedure:


    • download latest alps source code from here (in case the page goes in 404 i have a stashed copy here)
    • unpack it and substitute the “alps.c” with this one (stashed version here)
    • copy the psmouse-alps-dst-0.x folder to your /usr/src directory
    • (as root) dkms add psmouse/alps-dst-0.x
    • (as root) dkms autoinstall
    • (as root) rmmod psmouse && modprobe psmouse



    (Thanks to user “post-factum” for the solution and nwoki)

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    Re: Dell Alps touchpad driver

    Here are the simplified instructions for the most recent Ubuntu versions. This has been tested on 13.04 and 13.10 and it works great.

    Download the driver (to the Downloads folder presumabley):
    https://www.linuxwind.org/download/p...ps-1.3-alt.tbz

    Code:
    cd Downloads
    tar xvf psmouse-alps-1.3-alt.tbz
    sudo cp -afr usr/src/psmouse-alps-1.3/ /usr/src/
    sudo dkms add psmouse/alps-1.3
    
    cd /var/lib/dkms/psmouse
    sudo dkms autoinstall
    Restart Ubuntu (not just log out and back in)

    After restarting you will now see the touchpad settings in "Mouse & Touchpad" under System Settings. I have a Dell 17R but I assume this works for the 14R and most of the other Dells in this thread.
    Last edited by mikesmithv; October 7th, 2013 at 12:21 AM.

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    Re: Dell Alps touchpad driver

    @mikesmithv, I followed your instructions on a Dell 17R SE with Ubuntu 13.04 and got this result:

    Code:
    admin@PC:/var/lib/dkms/psmouse$ sudo dkms autoinstall
    
    Kernel preparation unnecessary for this kernel.  Skipping...
    
    Building module:
    cleaning build area....
    make KERNELRELEASE=3.8.0-31-generic -C /lib/modules/3.8.0-31-generic/build M=/var/lib/dkms/psmouse/alps-dst-0.4/build/src psmouse.ko.....(bad exit status: 2)
    ERROR (dkms apport): binary package for psmouse: alps-dst-0.4 not found
    Error! Bad return status for module build on kernel: 3.8.0-31-generic (x86_64)
    Consult /var/lib/dkms/psmouse/alps-dst-0.4/build/make.log for more information.
    Do you know any help?

  7. #27
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    Re: Dell Alps touchpad driver

    Maybe you need to remove your old dkms module first:

    Code:
    cd /var/lib/dkms/psmouse/
    rm -rf alps-dst-0.4
    This was the first step in these instructions which was the basis of mine. If that works for you let me know and I'll add that.

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    Re: Dell Alps touchpad driver

    wow! That helped a lot and was so easy to install! Thanks a lot!
    I can then confirm it worked on my Dell Latitude e6530 with Ubuntu 12.04, Kernel Linux 3.4.0-030400-generic.

  9. #29
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    Re: Dell Alps touchpad driver

    worked on Inspiron 5323 like a champ. Now if we could get something for the bloody hotkeys/function keys!

  10. #30
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    Re: Dell Alps touchpad driver

    Hi,

    Do these instructions apply to the Dell XPS 13 9333 also? I tried running the instructions and while I did not see any errors, I still dont have multitouch enabled.

    Mark

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