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

    UPDATED 25OCT2008

    Apple USB BCM5974 (Macbook Air and Penryn Macbook Pro) multitouch driver

    This driver adds support for the multitouch trackpad on the new
    Apple Macbook Air and Macbook Pro Penryn laptops. It replaces the
    appletouch driver on those computers, and integrates well with the
    synaptics driver of the Xorg system.

    Known to work on Macbook Air, Macbook Pro Penryn and the new Unibody
    Macbook 5 and Macbook Pro 5.

    Support for the latest Macbooks is not upstream yet, but available in the mactel PPA.
    Make sure you have these lines in /etc/apt/sources.list:
    deb intrepid main
    deb-src intrepid main
    When changing /etc/apt/sources.list, one needs to update:
    sudo apt-get update
    With the mactel PPA in place, install the bcm5974-dkms package
    sudo apt-get install bcm5974-dkms

    For more information or troubleshooting, see

    Credit for finding out how to initialize the trackpad goes to Scott Shawcroft and the touchd user-space driver.
    Last edited by kosumi68; November 16th, 2008 at 12:10 AM. Reason: Summary and PPA pointers

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