external touchpad for Thinkpad T23? (fwd)
smithi at nimnet.asn.au
Wed Jan 3 06:44:57 PST 2007
On Tue, 2 Jan 2007, Jurjen Middendorp wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 03, 2007 at 02:49:48AM +1100, Ian Smith wrote:
> >I've just bought a Thinkpad T23, and I'm loving it .. but I'm not sure
> >I'll ever be able to love its TrackPoint, being spoilt by the touchpad
> >on my old Compaq Armada 1500c, with which I can be quite productive ..
> >The only one I've been able to google up that looks nearly small enough
> >to work with below the keyboard is the Adesso/Cirque EasyCat PS/2 or USB
> >pad .. any chance these will (some value of) work with FreeBSD 6?
> >moused(8) only mentions the older (serial, and way too chunky) ALPS
> >Glidepoint, and the Interlink Versapad which looks more the right sort
> >of size, but appears to be no longer available?
> >I'd appreciate any clues.
> Moused(8) doesn't mention the ALPS glidpoint nor the Interlink VersaPad. It mentions
> the protocols those things use, so you could use all touchpad things that use that
That's true. I'm hoping someone has tried one or the other, or another.
> But i can't say that i have ever used one, so you might want to wait and see if
> there is someone that has actually used them. Maybe you can find a computer shop
> where you can try it?
Not around here; it'll be an ebay job I guess, and I'd rather not blow
what may come to A$100 shipped unless it has a fair chance of working
passably well .. I googled myself goggled but only found ads and press
releases, no critical reviews or user experiences.
> Anyway, if you buy the ps/2 touchpad specify the ps/2 proto... which is actually
> described 15 lines below the ALPS gildepoint and 11 lines below versapad ;P And
> the adesso usb touchpad is plug-and-play so i think that that one will work if you
> set moused to 'auto' (don't forget usb-mice kernel options?).
Ta. I'd usually prefer PS/2 but will need to hot-plug the pad, so USB.
> You might also want to have a look at the ion window-manager. Especially on laptops
> it's a real pleasure to work with because it decreases the need to use a mouse for
> things, so you don't have to carry a lot of stuff - besides your laptop. And for
> simple stuff like clicking links in a browser you can use the trackpoint! :)
Thankyou for the tips Jurjen,
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