[PLEASE TEST] Better support for Synaptics Touchpads

Doug Poland wisco_disco at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 28 20:03:45 PDT 2004

> Robert Watson wrote:
> >
> > Would this have anything to do with the mouse on a Dell laptop
> > moving all by itself?  When I boot with ACPI enabled on 5.2.1-R
> > or 5.3Beta the mouse will simply go wild, moving all over the
> > screen at will.  This happens at the console and in X (both
> > XFree86 and XOrg).  
> No, that's probably a problem with your Dell notebook.  I've had
> two Dells do it, and they do it under Windows as well.  I was sure
> it was a FreeBSD psm bug for months and months, and spent days
> hacking on psm trying to figure out what was triggering it.  Then
> one day I was sitting in a meeting at our offices in Santa Clara,
> and a whole room of people were typing on Dells, and about once a
> minute someone would go "Damn mouse".  Then it clicked :-).  I
> wouldn't rule out a recent FreeBSD change doing it, but given my
> experiences I'd think it more likely to be a hardware issue.  it
> went away each time I replaced the motherboard, but came back a
> few months later, suggesting wear-and-tear.
Well, that would explain much.  This laptop (Dell C600) worked quite
nicely when 5.2.1 was released.  The mouse situation has slowly
deteriorated in recent months.  It's a shame if it's a hardware
problem cause paying to have this laptop fixed is not an option.

Thanks for taking the time to explain it to me.


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