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#1 2012-11-14 22:24:36

Registered: 2012-11-14
Posts: 2

Touchpad Not Working

Hi all,

I'm a long time Linux user but very new Arch Linux user, been using it for a few hours now. I'm having problems with my touchpad on my laptop. I have gsynaptics and synaptics installed. When I try use syncliet I get

Couldn't find synaptics properties. No synaptics driver loaded?

And when I try run gsynaptics

GSynaptics couldn't initialize.
You have to set 'SHMConfig' 'true' in xorg.conf or XF86Config to use GSynaptics

I have no xorg.conf file and am unsure where to find XF85Config.

Apprechiate any help offered.



#2 2012-11-14 22:33:33

From: Netherlands, Europe
Registered: 2005-10-04
Posts: 6,072

Re: Touchpad Not Working

do a search for synaptics on the arch wiki, and especially check the "Configuration_on_the_fly" paragraph on the page you find.

Last edited by Lone_Wolf (2012-11-14 22:33:58)

Booting with apg Openrc, NOT systemd.
Automounting : not needed, i prefer pmount
Aur helpers : makepkg + my own local repo === rarely need them


#3 2012-11-14 22:52:01

Registered: 2012-11-14
Posts: 2

Re: Touchpad Not Working


Thanks, I've tried adding both true and 1 as options to that file with no sucess. Looking at

xinput -list
⎡ Virtual core pointer                    	id=2	[master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer              	id=4	[slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ USB Optical Mouse                       	id=11	[slave  pointer  (2)]
⎣ Virtual core keyboard                   	id=3	[master keyboard (2)]
    ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard             	id=5	[slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                            	id=6	[slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Video Bus                               	id=7	[slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                            	id=8	[slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Sleep Button                            	id=9	[slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ USB 2.0 PC Cam                          	id=10	[slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard            	id=12	[slave  keyboard (3)]

I'm not even sure that Arch is even seeing the touchpad to try use it. Optical mouse is the USB mouse I have plugged in to actually be able to use the computer..

If using gpointing-device-settings, with the USB mouse plugged in it just shows that, if I remove that USB mouse, the following happens.

Segmentation fault



Last edited by UtterNewbie (2012-11-15 08:43:41)


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