Touchpad issues

David Benfell benfell at
Sat Aug 9 07:54:58 UTC 2014

On Fri, Aug 08, 2014 at 11:14:26AM -1000, al plant wrote:
> David Benfell wrote:
> > On Thu, Aug 07, 2014 at 12:22:34PM -0400, illoai at wrote:
> >   
> >> I strongly dislike xorg taking over the kernel rôle of
> >> mediating hardware, so I don't have a HAL-ified xorg,
> >> & I have
> >> hw.psm.synaptics_support=1
> >> in my /boot/loader.conf
> >> & I use the old, simple "Driver" "mouse" with /dev/sysmouse
> >> (Options "Protocol" "auto").  Letting moused(8)
> >> handle the plugging & unplugging of USB mousies
> >> works fine & everything I need does what I need.
> >>
> I have a Linux HP net book and I cant go near the touchpad or it clicks.
> I contacted HP and they said they know this happens with some people. 
> The small switch (iluminated white) above the pad can be depressed to 
> deactivate the pad.
> They tell you to use a USB wireless logitech mouse.
> This works fine.
The non-hal solution seems to work tolerably. It's no worse than what
I had. The one thing I notice is that moused doesn't seem quite as
stable as however it is a hal-ified xorg manages it. On the other
hand, and this is the part that seems a win to me, the recovery is
simple. One can simply go to a tty--what do you call those things
anyway that are prior to xorg and accessible with
<ctrl><alt><fx>?--and issue:

        service moused restart

If something like that happens with the hal version, you have to
restart xorg, which could be a lot more disruptive.

David Benfell <benfell at>
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