How to get Lenovo Touchpad / Trackpoint working - SOLVED!

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How to get Lenovo Touchpad / Trackpoint working - SOLVED!

Postby tedrogers » 2017-09-06 07:42

Hi,

The built-in pointing hardware on my Lenovo T500 works (sort of) OOTB, but they're slow and unresponsive. The mouse options in Keyboard & Mouse settings don't have any effect, whether on 'full-whack 100% everything' or minimal (following reboot, logout or any other variation of a system reset).

I've been taking a look at this:

http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=50061

..and this:

http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/How_to_configure_the_TrackPoint#

...but unfortunately a lot of it is quite meaningless to me.

I can't seem to find gpointing-device-settings in the Debian repositories, so I can't currently test that. There are PPA's out there, but Debian doesn't like untrusted sources, so they're not working.

The driver xserver-xorg-input-synaptics is located in the repos, but I don't really know what to do with it. I've tried installing, and then calling it using:

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synclient -l


...but it seems the driver isn't loaded:

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


What am I missing? Lots probably!

I'm surprised there isn't a nice working GUI for this. I also surprised the in-build preferences for the mouse have no effect (on an external USB mouse either!), but perhaps my system is in some way broken.

Can anyone help me with this?

Thank you.
Last edited by tedrogers on 2017-09-11 10:54, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: How to get Lenovo UltraNav / Touchpad / Trackpoint worki

Postby debiman » 2017-09-08 06:03

it's not a synaptics touchpad.
you have to use xinput to configure it
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/How_to_co ... ing_xinput
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Re: How to get Lenovo UltraNav / Touchpad / Trackpoint worki

Postby tedrogers » 2017-09-11 10:54

Solved.

Added the following to .xsessionrc:

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# speed up trackpoint nipple
xinput set-prop "TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint" "Device Accel Constant Deceleration" 0.45
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