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Posted: June 25 2004,19:25 QUOTE

For what is worth, I recently loaded DSL on a old off brand notebook. It is an Abacus 5033. 32MB 800x600 4GB HD with touchpad. I couldn't get the touchpad to work. The aux port was ps2 and external mouse worked OK. I found looking in the BIOS an entry for Pointing Device which was set to ps2. I was able to change the BIOS entry to touchpad. The touchpad now works.
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Posted: June 25 2004,21:42 QUOTE

TouchPad + 4-way pad: works

In X-Window it works as a PS/2 device, so just remember to include PS/2 support into the kernel (comes with all distros) and set in XF86Config the PS/2 protocol. This is the easiest way to get the TouchPad working, but it'll work in a very simple mode and the 4-way-pad bellow it won't work at all.

If you want the 4-way pad to work and have extra features on the TouchPad (like scrolling by moving your finger on the right edge of the pad, and 1, 2 or 3 finger tapping acting like left, right or center mouse clicks), you'll have to install a recent gpm version. The version currently distributed with Debian SID (1.19.something) WON'T WORK. You'll have to use at least 1.20.0, while I've done all my tests with 1.20.1rc1 + patches. Here is what you have to do:

Download the latest gpm version from here.
Look at the mail list here and download the latest patches by Peter Berg Larsen. This is the one i've been using for gpm-1.20.1rc1.
Compile and install it.
Configure it to use the synps2 protocol and repeat in imps2 mode (/etc/gpm.conf).
Copy this gpm-syn.conf file in /etc.
Restart gpm.

Configure the mouse in X-Window to use /dev/gpmdata and the ImPS/2 protocol (like this).
Restart gdm/xdm/whatever.

You can also try tpconfig (it comes with Debian), an utility for tweaking some options of the TouchPad. I haven't messed with it much, so I'm not sure about what can it do.

Another option, if you don't want to fiddle with gpm, is using this Synaptics Touchpad driver for XFree86. It woks great, but of course, it's a X-only solution. You won't have all the nifty features while you work on the console with gpm

hope that helps


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