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    touchpad & Netbook


    I am posting this thread in almost all forums because I desperately want help and, moreover, I really don't know whether it is a hardware problem or a software problem.

    Recently I got a 32-bit Intel Atom Netbook (HongKong based OEM machine) with pre-installed Ubuntu-8.04 and the Touchpad was working fine.

    I installed opensuse-11.3 Gnome from a bootable usb created on Debian-Lenny platform by the terminal command
    #dd if=opensuse.... .iso of=/dev/sdb bs=4M
    and I have no problem with the new OS.

    But the Touchpad has stopped responding to touch which is a great botheration.

    All help will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks.
    P.Rudra.

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    Drivers, drivers, drivers. Your suse probably doesn't have support for this touchpad, or it hasn't been built into the kernel. So, you need to determine if the driver is available for the suse kernel, then you will have to rebuild the kernel with the driver enabled. FWIW, OpenSuse is not particularly intended for laptops, so it may be just a matter of enabling the driver in the kernel, and then rebuilding/installing it with the changes. However, that also means that if you update the kernel, you will also have to rebuild it from source with the driver enabled.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubberman View Post
    Drivers, drivers, drivers. Your suse probably doesn't have support for this touchpad, or it hasn't been built into the kernel. So, you need to determine if the driver is available for the suse kernel, then you will have to rebuild the kernel with the driver enabled. FWIW, OpenSuse is not particularly intended for laptops, so it may be just a matter of enabling the driver in the kernel, and then rebuilding/installing it with the changes. However, that also means that if you update the kernel, you will also have to rebuild it from source with the driver enabled.
    It looks like I am progressing. Please instruct me how to proceed now. Please remember that I am an end-user. Oh I forgot to mention that this same usb-stick has been used to install on a Dell-Inspiron-1150 and there the touchpad is behaving properly.

    Thanks.
    P.Rudra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prudra View Post
    It looks like I am progressing. Please instruct me how to proceed now. Please remember that I am an end-user. Oh I forgot to mention that this same usb-stick has been used to install on a Dell-Inspiron-1150 and there the touchpad is behaving properly.

    Thanks.
    P.Rudra.
    The USB stick had Suse on it? If so, the Dell touchpad may have been supported in the default Suse kernel, but the other system may had had a specialized driver configured into the Ubuntu 8.04 kernel it was using. I have worked with customized Debian distributions for embedded system boards where they included the drivers for the board-specific devices. This is possibly the issue here.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    What I did to fix Mouse pad tap after a Liqourix Kernel Upgrade in AntiX. Kernel killed tap. . (i know. It aint Open Suse)

    I fixed it by making a text file in

    /etc/modprobe.d

    Named it

    psmouse.conf

    whiich left me

    /etc/modprobe.d/psmouse.conf

    typed in it

    Code:
     options psmouse proto=imps
    Reboot. Now tap works in Liqourix Kernel on EEEPC 701SD.

    Edit: above suggestion requires everything edited and saved be done as root user. Don't know Open Suse though as to whether gksu (file browser goes here) is a option or what Suse commands/paths are.
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