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Author Topic: Synaptics Touchpad - How to disable?  (Read 1504 times)
retired1af
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« on: July 28, 2010, 05:20:17 am »

I'm assuming that the touchpad is identified as "mouse1" in the configuration. Problem is, there isn't a xorg.conf to monkey with in SOHO 6 Beta. Soooooo, where exactly do I look to comment the mouse1 line out?
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2010, 05:33:19 am »

You can find the correct ID value from /proc/bus/input/devices

I guess you could just take out the section for that device in your xorg.conf
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2010, 06:22:12 am »

You need to disable it in HAL.

HAL and udev are now the device controllers. If you need or want changes for
devices this is the likely place to do it.

I found this for disabling a touchpad:

http://crunchbanglinux.org/forums/topic/2835/how-to-completely-turn-off-a-touchpad/

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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2010, 04:53:47 am »

Thanks Bigpaws! That was the clue I needed to get the blasted thing turned off.

The instructions were a little more **cough** detailed than what's really needed. In essence, find the .fdi file, copy it to /etc/hal/fdi/policy, then make the edit in the first section of the file. Add synclient touchpadoff=1 to rc.local and you're golden!
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2010, 07:13:40 am »

I've run into an issue, and am a bit confused as to why this isn't working as it should.

I added /usr/bin/synclient touchpadoff=1 to rc.local, but it's not taking effect. However, typing the command works just fine at the cli. What am I missing?
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2010, 07:27:01 am »

Check your permissions.

rc.local is run as root.

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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2010, 07:57:27 am »

Huh? Yes, I know rc.local is run as root. However, it seems that the synclient command is being ignored. There's nothing in /var/log/messages that even shows it is being run at all.
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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2010, 11:59:56 am »

I suspect that rc.local is processed before X (and the synaptics driver), so the command won't do anything at that point.

Add the command to your DE (xfce, kde, gnome... ) startup, as regular user.
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