(Solved) Problem with touchpad on HP laptop

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(Solved) Problem with touchpad on HP laptop

Postby bookie » 2020-03-15 18:57

Hi guys!
Writing a thread here is no problem but my touchpad is not reacting too well...
Here is the output of synclient:
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Parameter settings:
    LeftEdge                = 1596
    RightEdge               = 5344
    TopEdge                 = 1292
    BottomEdge              = 4560
    FingerLow               = 25
    FingerHigh              = 30
    MaxTapTime              = 180
    MaxTapMove              = 254
    MaxDoubleTapTime        = 180
    SingleTapTimeout        = 180
    ClickTime               = 100
    EmulateMidButtonTime    = 75
    EmulateTwoFingerMinZ    = 282
    EmulateTwoFingerMinW    = 7
    VertScrollDelta         = 115
    HorizScrollDelta        = 115
    VertEdgeScroll          = 0
    HorizEdgeScroll         = 0
    CornerCoasting          = 0
    VertTwoFingerScroll     = 1
    HorizTwoFingerScroll    = 0
    MinSpeed                = 1
    MaxSpeed                = 1.75
    AccelFactor             = 0.0346021
    TouchpadOff             = 0
    LockedDrags             = 0
    LockedDragTimeout       = 5000
    RTCornerButton          = 0
    RBCornerButton          = 0
    LTCornerButton          = 0
    LBCornerButton          = 0
    TapButton1              = 0
    TapButton2              = 0
    TapButton3              = 0
    ClickFinger1            = 1
    ClickFinger2            = 1
    ClickFinger3            = 1
    CircularScrolling       = 0
    CircScrollDelta         = 0.1
    CircScrollTrigger       = 0
    CircularPad             = 0
    PalmDetect              = 0
    PalmMinWidth            = 10
    PalmMinZ                = 200
    CoastingSpeed           = 20
    CoastingFriction        = 50
    PressureMotionMinZ      = 30
    PressureMotionMaxZ      = 160
    PressureMotionMinFactor = 1
    PressureMotionMaxFactor = 1
    GrabEventDevice         = 0
    TapAndDragGesture       = 1
    AreaLeftEdge            = 0
    AreaRightEdge           = 0
    AreaTopEdge             = 0
    AreaBottomEdge          = 0
    HorizHysteresis         = 28
    VertHysteresis          = 28
    ClickPad                = 0


I don't really understand the information above....
This is the situation...
I can right click on desktop but not select anything from menu by tapping the touchpad....I can choose something and click on enter button from keypad and that works...
I cannot use the left click to click on a menu or icon...nothing happens....
So using my left mouse to do anything is hopeless...
Does anyone have experience with setting up a touchpad in Debian Buster?
I would appreciate any help I can get on this problem....
Ask questions and I will try to answer..... :D

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Re: Problem with touchpad on HP laptop

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2020-03-15 19:49

Use this to get a left-click from a single-finger tap:
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synclient tapbutton1=1

See synaptics(4) for details of all the configuration options.

To make the change permanent use
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# mkdir -p /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d
# cp /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/70-synaptics.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d
# editor /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/70-synaptics.conf

And add in this line just above "EndSection":
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   Option "TapButton1" "1"

Then save the file.
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Re: Problem with touchpad on HP laptop

Postby stevepusser » 2020-03-16 01:48

Are you using the GNOME desktop--the default GUI if you don't choose another one at install?
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Re: Problem with touchpad on HP laptop

Postby bookie » 2020-03-16 05:04

Hi guys! :D
Thanks Head_on_a_Stick!
I will give that a try sometime today when I am free of customers....
stevepusser.
This is Xfce...the one I prefer
Did try to respond yesterday evening but had an error when posting from my phone!
I will get back to this and give you an update when I have had time...

Thanks again!

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Re: Problem with touchpad on HP laptop

Postby bookie » 2020-03-17 17:07

Hi guys! :D
Now that worked a charm....of course it is learning the different commands and what they refer too....
Hope you can continue educating me...
If I open a terminal and want to drag it to center screen...one usually holds down the left mouse button and uses pointer to move then to center screen...how do I achieve that?

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Re: Problem with touchpad on HP laptop

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2020-03-17 17:41

Please edit the title of this thread and add [SOLVED] to help others who are searching for a solution.

bookie wrote:Hope you can continue educating me...

That would be my pleasure but please don't raise multiple issues in a single thread.

If you want help with a non-touchpad-related issue then please open a new thread.

I don't understand your question about moving windows so if you do open a new thread about that then please use a title that describes the problem and explain more fully what you need help with. Your chances of receiving quality assistance will be greatly improved if you provide a clear description of your problem and also include as much information as possible.
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Re: Problem with touchpad on HP laptop

Postby bookie » 2020-03-17 18:36

High Head_on_a_Stick :D
Yes this is a mousepad related issue....
If you have a window open and you want to drag it to a better position..
With a separate mouse you hold down the left button and then hold top bar of Window and drag the window to a new position...
With a mouse pad that would invole holding down left button and then using pad to drag the Window to a new position...
This function isn't active at the moment...
If I hold down the mousepad left button and use the pad to drag the Wndow nothing happens....
Am I making sense?
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Re: Problem with touchpad on HP laptop

Postby bookie » 2020-03-18 05:55

Hi Guys :shock:
Still wondering if I am not explaining myself.....
Click and drag function works with external mouse...
Click and drag function doesn't work with mouse pad..

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Re: Problem with touchpad on HP laptop

Postby Dai_trying » 2020-03-18 07:36

I use libinput with my Xfce installations (the default I thought...) and have to add a file 40-libinput.conf in xorg,conf,d but the option to allow tapping for me is the following

Option "Tapping" "on"

Although as you are using the synaptics driver it may be different, did you check the man page hoas posted to see if there is another option that might work better for you?
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Re: Problem with touchpad on HP laptop

Postby bookie » 2020-03-18 07:55

Hi Dai_trying!
I must admit....no I haven't ...I will have a look at that now.....sorry guys!

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Re: Problem with touchpad on HP laptop

Postby bookie » 2020-03-18 09:48

Hi again!
I removed the xserver-xorg-input-synaptics
Then I checked if install xserver-xorg-input-libinput was installed...
I created a new file and added the option "Tapping" "on" and that workes for left click on menu etc....but click and drag not active....

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Re: Problem with touchpad on HP laptop

Postby arzgi » 2020-03-18 12:17

I have Asus laptop, not HP, I had to change BIOS/UEFI setting from extended to basic, or vice versa, before I got touchpad working right.

Don't remember which it was, because touchpad stopped working and had to change to mouse several months ago :|
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Re: Problem with touchpad on HP laptop

Postby bookie » 2020-03-18 12:50

Hi again!
Just found out if I depress both buttons on touchpad with the mouse pointer on the bar at the top of the Window it becomes a hand....and then I can drag a Window..... :D
Must be another action I can add so one mouse button depressed gives me the hand ...but I can live with it actually works with two buttons (right/left) depressed...


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Re: Problem with touchpad on HP laptop

Postby Dai_trying » 2020-03-18 13:14

If you have that option you could try double-tapping the title bar and keep your finger on touchpad, then move the gui, release your finger (or other pointing apendage :D ) at desired location.
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Re: Problem with touchpad on HP laptop

Postby arzgi » 2020-03-18 13:16

Have you checked Xfce's Settings => >Mouse and touchpad confs?
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