ALPS touchpad not working properly

Asked by Bruno Zaidan on 2012-08-28

Hey,
I own a Dell Inspiron 14S and its touchpad doesn't scroll or have the right button function. Using the command xinput -list I got the list below, which doesn't recognize any touchpad. How can I make it work properly?

⎡ Virtual core pointer id=2 [master pointer (3)]
⎜ ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer id=4 [slave pointer (2)]
⎜ ↳ PS/2 Generic Mouse id=13 [slave pointer (2)]
⎣ Virtual core keyboard id=3 [master keyboard (2)]
    ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard id=5 [slave keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button id=6 [slave keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Video Bus id=7 [slave keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Video Bus id=8 [slave keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button id=9 [slave keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Sleep Button id=10 [slave keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Laptop_Integrated_Webcam_HD id=11 [slave keyboard (3)]
    ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard id=12 [slave keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Dell WMI hotkeys id=14 [slave keyboard (3)]

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2012-08-29
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2012-09-13
N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said : #1

Hi ,
it seems that the kernel recognize the touchpad as "PS/2 Generic Mouse" . I guess that if you run in terminal
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synclient
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a message similar to "Couldn't find synaptics properties. No synaptics driver loaded?" will appears in stdout.

Can you open a terminal and provide more info ?
We want the results of
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cat /etc/lsb-release && uname -r
apt-cache policy xserver-xorg
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Thank you.

Bruno Zaidan (bzaidan) said : #2

Yes, that's the message that appears with synclient. The results you asked are below.

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cat /etc/lsb-release && uname -r
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DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=12.04
DISTRIB_CODENAME=precise
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS"
3.2.0-29-generic

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apt-cache policy xserver-xorg
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xserver-xorg:
  Installed: 1:7.6+12ubuntu1
  Candidate: 1:7.6+12ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 1:7.6+12ubuntu1 0
        500 http://br.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said : #3

Hi ,
Ok . I have not a real solution to your problem. If kernel recognize the touchpad as generic mouse , I don't know how to fix that.
But I have 3 suggestions.

1. We can try (if you want) to see what parameters can be changed and if those meet the touchpad's functionality. Other words , we leave it as is and try to make the mouse behavior like touchpad.
For this propose we want to install a package
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sudo apt-get install gsynaptics
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then you must find , gpointing-device-service and open it and try to configure your touchpad from there.
This is not a solution of course . It is just a workaround . And IF we succeed. (not for sure).

2. You can try Ubuntu 12.10 from a LiveUSB. Is not necessary to install it. Just try it with "Try Ubuntu" option and see if touchpad works there. If yes we can attempt to install linux kernel 3.5 (cuz ubuntu 12.10 has 3.5)

3. An experimental package is on the air. Most of from those who tried it , said "Worked" . If you want to test it , take a look at here : http://www.theorangenotebook.com/2012/02/call-for-testing-clickpad.html , follow the instructions carefully and if you stuck somewhere , post back here.

I think the you should begin with 3d suggestion , it would be the most effective. (hopefully)

Thank you

Try:

sudo apt-get --reinstall install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

Bruno Zaidan (bzaidan) said : #5

Nothing worked, and I couldn't find Ubuntu 12.10.

N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said : #6

Ubuntu 12.10 is here --> http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/current/

Remember NOT installing it , just for try.

Thanks

Worth a try.

i tries all above , nothing worked . i am using ubuntu 12.10 beta on acer emachines e725 , my synaptics touchpad is not working properly.. edge scrooling is not working at all . all info is here:-
synclient results--

Parameter settings:
    LeftEdge = 40
    RightEdge = 983
    TopEdge = 41
    BottomEdge = 726
    FingerLow = 12
    FingerHigh = 15
    FingerPress = 128
    MaxTapTime = 50
    MaxTapMove = 56
    MaxDoubleTapTime = 180
    SingleTapTimeout = 180
    ClickTime = 100
    FastTaps = 0
    EmulateMidButtonTime = 75
    EmulateTwoFingerMinZ = 141
    EmulateTwoFingerMinW = 7
    VertScrollDelta = 162
    HorizScrollDelta = 142
    VertEdgeScroll = 1
    HorizEdgeScroll = 1
    CornerCoasting = 1
    VertTwoFingerScroll = 0
    HorizTwoFingerScroll = 0
    MinSpeed = 1
    MaxSpeed = 1.75
    AccelFactor = 0.156495
    TrackstickSpeed = 40
    EdgeMotionMinZ = 15
    EdgeMotionMaxZ = 80
    EdgeMotionMinSpeed = 1
    EdgeMotionMaxSpeed = 102
    EdgeMotionUseAlways = 0
    TouchpadOff = 0
    LockedDrags = 0
    LockedDragTimeout = 5000
    RTCornerButton = 2
    RBCornerButton = 3
    LTCornerButton = 0
    LBCornerButton = 0
    TapButton1 = 1
    TapButton2 = 3
    TapButton3 = 0
    ClickFinger1 = 1
    ClickFinger2 = 1
    ClickFinger3 = 0
    CircularScrolling = 1
    CircScrollDelta = 0.1
    CircScrollTrigger = 4
    CircularPad = 0
    PalmDetect = 0
    PalmMinWidth = 10
    PalmMinZ = 100
    CoastingSpeed = 20
    CoastingFriction = 50
    PressureMotionMinZ = 15
    PressureMotionMaxZ = 80
    PressureMotionMinFactor = 1
    PressureMotionMaxFactor = 1
    ResolutionDetect = 1
    GrabEventDevice = 1
    TapAndDragGesture = 1
    AreaLeftEdge = 0
    AreaRightEdge = 0
    AreaTopEdge = 0
    AreaBottomEdge = 0
    HorizHysteresis = 6
    VertHysteresis = 6
    ClickPad = 0

cat /etc/lsb-release && uname -r
DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=12.10
DISTRIB_CODENAME=quantal
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu quantal (development branch)"
3.5.0-13-generic

apt-cache policy xserver-xorgxserver-xorg:
  Installed: 1:7.7+1ubuntu3
  Candidate: 1:7.7+1ubuntu3
  Version table:
 *** 1:7.7+1ubuntu3 0
        500 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ quantal/main i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

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