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Thread: [SOLVED] New kernel driver for the BCM5974 touchpad (Macbook Air, Penryn)

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    Re: [SOLVED] New kernel driver for the BCM5974 touchpad (Macbook Air, Penryn)

    Quote Originally Posted by bristoljim View Post
    Hi, I'm trying to find the sources for bcm5974-dkms but am having no joy.
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    My aim is to get (at least) two finger scroll working on my MacBook Pro 4,1 Penryn. Any help much appreciated.
    this package, as well as its sources, are available in the mactel repository: http://ppa.launchpad.net/mactel-supp.../bcm5974-dkms/.

    good luck & ciao,
    Mario
    Last edited by _mario_; November 20th, 2008 at 06:29 PM.

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    Re: [SOLVED] New kernel driver for the BCM5974 touchpad (Macbook Air, Penryn)

    Quote Originally Posted by bristoljim View Post
    Hi, I'm trying to find the sources for bcm5974-dkms but am having no joy.
    The GIT repository for bcm5974-dkms has been moved to a more permanent address at http://bitmath.org/code/bcm5974-dkms/

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    Re: [SOLVED] New kernel driver for the BCM5974 touchpad (Macbook Air, Penryn)

    Hi, when trying to install the latest version of your driver I get the following error.
    E: usbhid-dkms: subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 2

    I'm running x86_64 but when running in a 32 bit edition usbhid installs just fine. Seems to be some issue with 64bit ubuntu.

    Any help? Thank you

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    Re: [SOLVED] New kernel driver for the BCM5974 touchpad (Macbook Air, Penryn)

    Quote Originally Posted by _mario_ View Post
    this package, as well as its sources, are available in the mactel repository: http://ppa.launchpad.net/mactel-supp.../bcm5974-dkms/.

    good luck & ciao,
    Mario
    Thanks Mario. Luck I need

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    Re: [SOLVED] New kernel driver for the BCM5974 touchpad (Macbook Air, Penryn)

    Quote Originally Posted by kosumi68 View Post
    The GIT repository for bcm5974-dkms has been moved to a more permanent address at http://bitmath.org/code/bcm5974-dkms/
    Thanks kosumi68

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    Re: [SOLVED] New kernel driver for the BCM5974 touchpad (Macbook Air, Penryn)

    I posted a patch (+ deb package) for bcm5974-dkms to make click-and-drag work with Macbook 5,1:
    EDIT (improved version): https://bugs.edge.launchpad.net/mact...rt/+bug/356317

    Please test it and let me know where to submit the patch for consideration for upstream inclusion.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by cornelius2; April 6th, 2009 at 03:41 PM.

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    Re: [SOLVED] New kernel driver for the BCM5974 touchpad (Macbook Air, Penryn)

    Quote Originally Posted by kosumi68 View Post
    Yep, that is how the hardware problem establishes itself. Getting the machine in for repairs might be your best option.
    Just checking in if there are any changes since my last post in regards to the alternatives to bcm5974.

    Thanks for the suggestion to get my machine to repair, however, since this issue does not manifest it self in OsX at all, there is nothing wrong trom the MBP-OsX perspective.

    The way i see it, bcm5974 driver keeps unloading and loading, creating unresponsiveness in the keyboard. Since bcm5974 should be dedicated exclusively to the management of the trackpad, why would it cause interrupt in the keyboard functionality?

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    Re: [SOLVED] New kernel driver for the BCM5974 touchpad (Macbook Air, Penryn)

    Just to reply to cornelius2's message, I'm using a MacbookPro 5,5 and I need click and drag to work. I'm currently using http://launchpadlibrarian.net/248719...4_all_test.deb and it works great. Anyone know what the status is on getting click+drag working on the newer touchpads?

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    Re: [SOLVED] New kernel driver for the BCM5974 touchpad (Macbook Air, Penryn)

    Check out the Multitouch X Driver project at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1334696.

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    Re: [SOLVED] New kernel driver for the BCM5974 touchpad (Macbook Air, Penryn)

    I love this project. I really hope we can get tap to click working. It's a tad bit buggy but much better than not being able to use the trackpad. This makes Ubuntu on Mac completely transparent.

    It's worth noting that none of this works without the mactel ppa and bcm5974. That should probably be noted in the first post as I followed the instructions and my trackpad stopped working.

    Thanks for this driver. Maybe it can be integrated into lucid so we don't have to install this by hand or dig through Google to find this post.

    Instead of doing make install I would recommend checkinstall as that's what the ubuntu wiki recommends.

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