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Re: Disabling touchpad on laptop



On Monday 22 January 2007 08:06, Dotan Cohen wrote:
>On 22/01/07, Gene Heskett <gene heskett verizon net> wrote:
>> On Monday 22 January 2007 02:59, Anne Wilson wrote:
>> >On Monday 22 January 2007 02:06, Dotan Cohen wrote:
>> >> I've got a Dell 6400 / E1505 laptop. The great engineers at Dell
>> >> put the touchpad so close to the keyboard that I'm hitting it every
>> >> five minutes by mistake. Is there and _easy_ way to enable/disable
>> >> it? Like a keyboard shortcut, hardware button, or panel applet
>> >> (KDE)?
>> >>
>> >> Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
>> >
>> >Is there a key programmed (in windows) to turn it off?  There is on
>> > my Acer, and it works equally well in linux.  The ancient Packard
>> > Bell doesn't have such a key, so I suffer as you do.
>> >
>> >Anne
>>
>> I'm using a "synaptics" utility, kills that bad puppy completely.  But
>> it puts an icon in the tray you can click on to re-enable it.  Using
>> an optical wireless mouse plugged into a usb port, the only time I
>> ever clicked on it was to see if it worked, it did.
>
>Thanks, Gene. How do I start synaptics? I've installed it, but I don't
>see anything in the menus nor in Kcontrol. Also, typing synaptics at
>the command line returns a command not found error.

I'm not sure Dotan.  Its not being started from /etc/init.d, nothing in 
there.  Its an rpm for FC5, synaptics-0.14.4-2.1 according to an rpm -q 
synaptics.

It installs itself into the kde control center, under 
peripherals->touchpad so it can be controlled & configured from there 
too.  There should be additional messages about it in the list archives, 
I generated some of them at the time, most of a year ago IIRC.  And I 
believe it must do a similar install on gnome too.

For kde, its icon is on the task bar just left of the clock when its 
active.

>Dotan Cohen
>
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