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Touchpad with PS2 mouse? <SOLVED>
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8-bit


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PostPosted: Sun 08 Nov 2009, 18:00    Post subject:  Touchpad with PS2 mouse? <SOLVED>
Subject description: Is there an updated synaptics driver?
 

I have a laptop with a touchpad and the synaptics driver is used for it.
I have disabled tap. Is there a way to disable scrolling when one gets to the edge of the touchpad?
Also, I would like to be able to use an external PS2 mouse without physically removing the touchpad connection.
The Laptop, a Compaq Presario 1800T, does not seem to have a touchpad disable button.
The driver for windows senses movement of an external PS2 mouse and disables itself to allow the external mouse to work.
Is any of this Possible with Puppy 4.3.1? Or any version of Puppy?

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PostPosted: Tue 10 Nov 2009, 13:27    Post subject:  

You need this: http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=48011
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8-bit


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PostPosted: Tue 10 Nov 2009, 14:45    Post subject:  

Thank you.
I will give it a try on the old Compaq Presario 450mhz 160meg ram laptop running Puppy 431.
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PostPosted: Wed 11 Nov 2009, 00:34    Post subject:  

The GUI you gave for fine tuning the touchpad worked fine for it.
I was able to disable touchpad scrolling and that helped a lot.
No more window shade of windows and desktop switching by getting to close to the edge of the pad. Smile


But the turn off touchpad option did not switch to the attached ps2 mouse and I was left with a dead mouse pointer and had to exit to prompt via alt-ctrl-backspace and restart xwin to recover.
The problem is that both the touchpad and the external mouse are recognized as ps2 type.
I suppose I could try using a usb mouse with it.
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PostPosted: Wed 11 Nov 2009, 00:52    Post subject:  

It has a "guest mouse" option, but I'm not sure what it does.
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PostPosted: Wed 11 Nov 2009, 02:56    Post subject:  

8-bit wrote:

I suppose I could try using a usb mouse with it.


That's what I do. It appears that plugging external mice and keyboards into my PS/2 port only serves to "share" them. In other words, there is no way to have one without the other.

There is a BIOS setting to turn off the touchpad, but then there is no way of reactivating it without rebooting. There are two settings in my BIOS: Auto or off. Auto just lets whatever is plugged in on boot activate. Off...turns off the touchpad, but allows a PS/2 mouse to function.

However, a USB mouse can be plugged in at anytime and works pretty much on the spot. It doesn't disable the touchpad however.

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PostPosted: Wed 11 Nov 2009, 17:45    Post subject:  

Well, in my travels today I found a USB to ps2 keyboard and mouse Y connector that lets you connect a ps2 mouse and a ps2 keyboard to a usb connector.
Darn thing cost me 95 cents.
I connected the mouse up to the color coded mouse connector of the adapter and plugged it into the USB port.
I now have a working external mouse and a working internal ps2 touchpad.
Yeh! Laughing
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