[SOLVED] Synaptics Touchpad and USB Mouse
I am looking for a workaround to a self-inflicted hardware problem. The system is an IBM T60 laptop, dual-booting to Kubuntu 10.04 and Windows XP.
Through carelessness, I spilt liquid (Diet Coke) over the touchpad. Not surprisingly, the touchpad has stopped working properly - specifically, I cannot left-click, though all other functions do work.
My first thought was that, pending replacement of the relevant bit of hardware, I should be able to work in a slightly crippled mode by using a USB mouse. I was surprised to find that left-click on the USB mouse did not work either.
On investigation, I find that in Windows XP, the USB mouse works correctly, and I have therefore moved my operations to the XP partition for the time being.
There is clearly a difference between Linux and Windows in the way that touchpad and USB mouse are mapped together, and it occurs to me to ask: is there any adjustment that can be made to my Kubuntu system to cause the USB mouse to be handled in a way comparable to the way Windows XP does it?
I have no idea whether the answer, if there is one, is to be found in a device driver or somewhere in the kernel. To be perfectly honest, though I am constrained at present to use XP rather than Kubuntu, I can in fact do pretty well everything I need to, just not in the way I would like to do it. Nevertheless, any clues would be much appreciated.