synaptics touchpad driver sensitivity

Matthew Saltzman mjs at CLEMSON.EDU
Tue Feb 5 12:50:35 UTC 2008

On Mon, 2008-02-04 at 22:44 -0500, jack wallen wrote:
> David Kramer wrote:
> > I have a Dell Latitude D820 running F8, but I have the same problem with 
> > pretty much every touchpad.  The problem is not how much the cursor 
> > moves as I move my fingers on the pad.  There's plenty of documentation 
> > on that.
> > 
> > My problem is that as I type, I sometimes find the cursor flying to a 
> > completely different region, so if I'm typing an email, all of a sudden 
> > my typing is going three rows above where I was typing, like the 
> > pressure of my hands on the laptop case is enough to trigger the 
> > touchpad.  I would like to change the amount of pressure to be 
> > considered mouse down.
> > 
> > Looking at the documentation for synaptics, it looks like there's a 
> > setting called FingerLow and another called FingerHigh which I think 
> > will adjust the pressure needed.  I didn't want to try it without asking 
> > first, lets I render X windows unusable.
> > 
> > So will this do what I want?
> > 
> > Thanks.
> > 
> try installing gsynaptics and then run it. you can disable tapping which 
> will help. i had to do this to a laptop recently.

It also allows adjusting sensitivity.

Also check out syndaemon (part of the synaptics package).  It disables
the touchpad dynamically while the keyboard is in active use.

                Matthew Saltzman

Clemson University Mathematical Sciences
mjs AT clemson DOT edu

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