Elantech touchpad settings: unable to modify

Asked by Casey on 2011-09-09

Model: Asus U46E-BAL5, purchased 03 Sep 2011
OS: dual boot with Windows 7 Home Premium & Ubuntu 11.04 (installed 08 Sep 2011)
Hardware in question: Elantech touchpad

After booting in Ubuntu, I couldn't find any way to modify my touchpad settings -- tapping, scrolling, etc. I googled the issue and found an old 2008 post from eeeuser.com <http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=30685> with a link for an Elantech touchpad driver that would allow settings modification. However, the Ubuntu version mentioned in the post was 8.04, so I don't feel comfortable trying the driver out without knowing if there's something more updated or not.

When searching the file system for Elantech, I can find quite a few files (several .exe, .sys, .dll -- etcetera), but nothing that seems to indicate settings modification. Also: when I searched for "touchpad" in the file system, two folders came up: one for Elantech and one for Synaptics.

I'm fairly novice in the Ubuntu/Linux area and just need some help. :) Let me know if you need more information!

-Casey

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2011-09-10
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2011-09-09

Can you give the output of:

lsb_release -a; lsmod

Thanks

Casey (crcosper) said : #2

casey@ubuntu:/$ lsb_release -a; lsmod
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 11.04
Release: 11.04
Codename: natty
Module Size Used by
cryptd 20510 0
aes_x86_64 17208 1
aes_generic 38279 1 aes_x86_64
parport_pc 36959 0
ppdev 17113 0
binfmt_misc 17565 1
snd_hda_codec_hdmi 28103 1
snd_hda_codec_realtek 336693 1
arc4 12529 2
i915 514985 3
iwlagn 333500 0
sparse_keymap 13898 0
iwlcore 167503 1 iwlagn
uvcvideo 72195 0
mac80211 294370 2 iwlagn,iwlcore
videodev 82052 1 uvcvideo
psmouse 73535 0
v4l2_compat_ioctl32 17078 1 videodev
serio_raw 13166 0
cfg80211 178528 3 iwlagn,iwlcore,mac80211
drm_kms_helper 42136 1 i915
snd_hda_intel 33211 2
snd_hda_codec 103804 3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel
snd_hwdep 13604 1 snd_hda_codec
snd_pcm 96625 3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
snd_seq_midi 13324 0
snd_rawmidi 30486 1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq_midi_event 14899 1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq 61621 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_timer 29602 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
snd_seq_device 14462 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
snd 67382 14 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
drm 227495 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
xhci_hcd 77643 0
soundcore 12680 1 snd
snd_page_alloc 18529 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
i2c_algo_bit 13400 1 i915
video 19438 1 i915
lp 17825 0
parport 46458 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
ahci 25951 1
atl1c 41171 0
libahci 26642 1 ahci
.........................................................................
How does this look?

M. Edward (Ed) Borasky (znmeb) said : #3

This is probably the same issue - someone on that thread has the same notebook and one of the patches fixed it.

Casey (crcosper) said : #4

Sorry -- what thread should I take a look at?

Casey (crcosper) said : #5

Oh -- is it the "related bug" thread above?

M. Edward (Ed) Borasky (znmeb) said : #6

Yes ... take a look at the related bug thread. I think there are some patches. I haven't been able to get to the Linux kernel site to check on the upstream work yet, however.

Casey (crcosper) said : #7

I'll check that out. Thanks!

Casey (crcosper) said : #8

Post #64 in the "related bugs" thread 681904 above fixed the problem. Thanks a ton!!