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How to enable scrolling on 2 year old laptop touchpad
« on: April 26, 2016, 07:44:23 pm »
I'm running three distros on this two year old Dell laptop: Peppermint 6, LMDE 2, Manjaro. None of them support scrolling on my touchpad, so I'm guessing I need a synaptic driver. Any ideas?  Here is output from "inxi -Fx" and "lshw" respectively:

peppermint-linux X11 # inxi -Fx
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System:    Host: peppermint-linux Kernel: 3.16.0-70-generic x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.8.2) Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Six
Machine:   System: Dell product: Inspiron 3531 version: A01 serial: 1R6S502
           Mobo: Dell model: 0NJFRV version: A00 serial: .1R6S502.CN1296649O04AF. Bios: Dell version: A01 date: 05/06/2014
CPU:       Quad core Intel Pentium CPU N3530 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 17305.6
           Clock Speeds: 1: 609.469 MHz 2: 902.867 MHz 3: 499.826 MHz 4: 499.826 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series Graphics & Display bus-ID: 00:02.0
           X.org: 1.16.0 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) tty size: 80x24 Advanced Data: N/A for root
Audio:     Card: Intel Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.16.0-70-generic
Network:   Card: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath9k bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 38:b1:db:77:2d:a2
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (4.1% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: ST500LT012 size: 500.1GB temp: 38C
Partition: ID: / size: 118G used: 20G (18%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 4.17GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 54.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 160 Uptime: 1:06 Memory: 594.2/3839.6MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.4
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.11) inxi: 1.9.17


peppermint-linux X11 # lshw|more
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peppermint-linux          
    description: Portable Computer
    product: Inspiron 3531 (Inspiron 3531)
    vendor: Dell Inc.
    version: A01
    serial: 1R6S502
    width: 64 bits
    capabilities: smbios-2.7 dmi-2.7 vsyscall32
    configuration: boot=normal chassis=portable family=00 sku=Inspiron 3531 uuid
=44454C4C-5200-1036-8053-B1C04F353032
  *-core
       description: Motherboard
       product: 0NJFRV
       vendor: Dell Inc.
       physical id: 0
       version: A00
       serial: .1R6S502.CN1296649O04AF.
       slot: Type2 - Board Chassis Location
     *-firmware
          description: BIOS
          vendor: Dell Inc.
          physical id: 0
          version: A01
          date: 05/06/2014
          size: 64KiB
          capacity: 3008KiB
          capabilities: pci pnp upgrade shadowing cdboot bootselect edd int13flo
ppynec int13floppytoshiba int13floppy360 int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13flo
ppy2880 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video acpi us
b biosbootspecification netboot
     *-cpu
          description: CPU
          product: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU  N3530  @ 2.16GHz
          vendor: Intel Corp.
          physical id: 4
          bus info: cpu@0
          version: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU  N3530  @ 2.16GHz
          slot: CPU 1
          size: 2541MHz
          capacity: 2541MHz
          width: 64 bits
          clock: 83MHz

Thanks for any suggestions. It looks like I'm missing needed synaptic drivers on all three systems.
« Last Edit: April 27, 2016, 01:18:02 am by AndyInMokum, Reason: Encapsulating output with [code] »

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Re: How to enable scrolling on 2 year old laptop touchpad
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2016, 08:09:45 pm »
Try:-

menu > Preferences > Peppermint Control Center > Keyboard and Pointer (tab)

and tick "Vertical Edge Scrolling"

If that doesn't work, post the output from
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xinput --list
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Re: How to enable scrolling on 2 year old laptop touchpad
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2016, 01:30:55 am »
Hi curtvaughan, for future reference, could you please remember to encapsulate terminal outputs with the Insert, Code # function.  For extra long outputs, please use the Spoiler, Sp function.  These preserve the original format of the output.  This makes it easier for future visitors to relate to their own issues.  These functions are found in the forum editor, above the,  :-[ Embarrassed and  the :'( Cry emoticon respectively.  I've done this for you this time - many thanks ;).
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Re: How to enable scrolling on 2 year old laptop touchpad
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2016, 03:05:48 am »
Hi curtvaughan,

While looking what could be so special about your touchpad, I noticed that Windows users have complained about the same problem with your specific Dell model. Contrary to Windows, we have much more tools to our disposal to tame touchpads.

Just like PCNetSpec, I favor the use of the xinput command to find out what devices I have, what their capabilities are, and what options I want to change or finetune. If you run xinput --list in terminal  (just xinput will work also), you will get a list of devices and their ID. Find your touchpad and make note of the ID. The touchpad of my netbook has ID 13, which I will use as an example. Now you know the ID, run

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xinput --list-props 13
Scroll down until you find a line containing 'Synaptics Edge Scrolling'. My output looks like this:



What we want to know if your output looks the same, especially the numbers at the end (1, 0, 0). The "1" represents "Enabled".
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Re: How to enable scrolling on 2 year old laptop touchpad
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2016, 03:35:05 am »
Are you still with us, curtvaughan? If so, did you have any luck with the info above?
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