synaptics touchpad

Arne Schwabe arne at
Wed Sep 22 05:20:50 PDT 2004

Stephen Montgomery-Smith <stephen at> writes:

> I just installed FreeBSD 5.3-Beta5 on my Dell Inspiron 7500, which has a 
> synaptics touchpad.  I am finding the touchpad to be somewhat 
> unresponsive, particularly under XFree86-4.3.  (I would use Xorg, but 
> neither Xorg or XFree86-4.4 work with my video card.)
> In the end I went into the source code sys/isa/psm.c, and simply 
> commented out the synaptics code, so that FreeBSD thinks that it is a 
> generic mouse.  Now it works very much better.
> Why would the synaptics code be so unresponsive?  Do I need to use Xorg, 
> or is it some other issue?

You have also the possibility of using the Xfree Driver. A few minutes
ago I just posted a little hlep on -mobile.

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