misc/89258: synaptic touchpad support "worse" with hw.psm.synaptics_support="1" than without

Jason Boisvert jboisvert at gmail.com
Fri Nov 18 22:50:25 GMT 2005

>Number:         89258
>Category:       misc
>Synopsis:       synaptic touchpad support "worse" with hw.psm.synaptics_support="1" than without
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Fri Nov 18 22:50:24 GMT 2005
>Originator:     Jason Boisvert
>Release:        6.0-release
personal user
FreeBSD kailash 6.0-RELEASE FreeBSD 6.0-RELEASE #6: Thu Nov 17 09:58:52 MST 2005     root at kailash:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/kailash  i386
              The synaptics touchpad that I am using (a newer version) has many features: tap and drag, horiz and vert scroll bars, a scroll ball and multifinger sensitivity -- to make two-finger tapping give the middle mouse button, for example. 

When hw.psm.synaptics_support="1" is set in loader.conf only the scroll ball works (buttons 4 and 5 mapped to z axis). I.e. no other features work. Moreover, xev shows all kinds of sporatic output that seems to be related to multifinger tapping and other features. In general, this makes the mouse very annoying.

If you leave syn_sup off, then you get tap-and-drag but no other features. 
              set hw.psm.synaptics_support="1" in loader.conf, reboot. comment that hint out, reboot. The "support" consistently changes between the two types.
              It seems that with support turned 'on' the mouse is reporting more events but they are not getting interpreted correctly. 


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