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Thread: Keyboard Backlit & Touchpad - Sony Vaio SVS13117GAB

  1. #1
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    Nov 2007

    Exclamation Keyboard Backlit & Touchpad - Sony Vaio SVS13117GAB


    i have just installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my Sony SVS13117GAB (

    1st my Backlit keyboard is not working.
    2nd due to large touchpad, its extremely sensitive (even i brought the senstivity down from Mouse / TouchPad settings) which annoys a lot when typing.

    any hints how can i fix both issues ?


  2. #2
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    Sep 2013

    Re: Keyboard Backlit & Touchpad - Sony Vaio SVS13117GAB

    I'm new to linux, so definitely not the best person to answer. But since nobody else has answered at all, maybe this will help a little.

    For the touchpad problem:
    Which desktop environment are you using?

    In XFCE, there is an option in
    Settings --> Mouse & Touchpad --> Devices
    for Device, choose the Touchpad option
    click the Touchpad tab
    you can now adjust Sensitivity* (under the Buttons & Feedback tab) and
    click "Disable touchpad while typing" (under the Touchpad tab)

    In Ubuntu, according to this community help manual page:
    Basic Configuration with a Graphical Interface

    Ubuntu provides configuration of the most common touchpad options in System > Preferences > Mouse, under the Touchpad tab. If you cannot find this tab, see the Troubleshooting section at the end of this page.
    Try the touchpad after unchecking the Enable mouse clicks with touchpad check box.
    Check operation after Enable horizontal scrolling is checked. This may not have been the default setting.

    Disabling Touchpad while Typing

    Go to System > Preferences > Mouse > Touchpad and uncheck 'Disable touchpad while typing' and 'Enable mouse clicks with touchpad'

    LXDE (eg lubuntu) doesn't seem to offer a similar way to set touchpad settings from the settings menu, as far as I have been able to tell. A workaround might be to use the syndaemon command in a terminal, as mentioned here:

    *edit: I just noticed after I posted this that you already mentioned you had adjusted the sensitivity that way

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2007

    Re: Keyboard Backlit & Touchpad - Sony Vaio SVS13117GAB

    Thanks Remten,

    but unfortunately am not able to control both. touchpad and backlit (or ambient light sensor) nothing is working.

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