[clug-talk] Shut off the 'tap' on my touchpad.

Jon me at jonwatson.ca
Sat Sep 3 21:47:20 PDT 2005

Hey Jesse,

I tried the alt-p thing in the bios and no go. I'll look into a bios update 
tomorrow - you may be onto something here. I'll let you know how it goes.

My XF86Config-4 file doesn't detect a PS/2 mouse. Here's the (I think) 
important section:

Section "ServerLayout"
        Identifier     "XFree86 Configured"
        Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
        InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
# PS/2 Mouse not detected
# Serial Mouse not detected
        InputDevice    "USB Mouse" "CorePointer"
# ALPS TouchPad not detected
# Synaptics TouchPad not detected
        InputDevice    "ALPS Touchpad"  "Core Pointer"

I manually added the ALPS Touchpad part.

The only pointing device it seems to find is a USB Mouse which must be what my 
touchpad is emulating.

Off to play with my bios...


On September 3, 2005 08:40 pm, Jesse Kline wrote:
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> On Sat, 2005-09-03 at 11:25 -0400, Jon wrote:
> > Hey Jesse,
> >
> > No luck there. Dell BIOS' are for dummies. There's almost no options in
> > there except date/time and boot order. Nothing about the touchpad.
> >
> > Thanks!
> I have an Inspiron 4000, and it has the same BIOS as some other
> Inspiron's that I have used in the past. You may want to look into
> upgrading your bios if it doesn't have this feature, but...
> Go into the bios and hat Alt-p a few times until you get to "Basic
> Device Configuration". There should be an option that says "Pointing
> Device" which will let you disable the touchapd. Failing this, try going
> into your X server config file, and comment out the section for the ps/2
> pointing device.
> Jesse
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