Getting the Synaptics touchpad to run smoothly

is something that requires some hacks in Ubuntu 8.10, and most of the information out there seems to be for earlier versions and will not help in getting gsynaptics up and running on Intrepid. This does work, tested by yours truly.

Start “Add/Remove applications and search after Touchpad. Install it.

Then fire up a command prompt and write:

gksudo gedit /etc/hal/fdi/policy/shmconfig.fdi

and enter the following:

True

Save, reboot and try out touchpad under System – Preferences – Touchpad

More stuff and conf stolen from here. You really should read that page since it contains a lot more information regarding security and other possible configurations.

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One Response to Getting the Synaptics touchpad to run smoothly

  1. I’m on a Dell Inspiron 8500, and for four days straight I’ve been reading people’s glib proclamations of how easy it is, and I’ve configured, configured, configured, re-installed, re-installed, re-installed, and nothing, no, nothing, not even my most determined efforts can get a rise out of my touchpad.

    I’m going to check that “here” link.

    Thanks.

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