"X" and touchpad settings
Posted on 2004-08-15
I have a laptop that has been sitting around for a while with no O/S on it - a Dell Inspiron 3700. I installed RH8 on it and that was quite OK. I then proceeded to make a RH9 install, from scratch and now I have this killer problem:
The machine has an ALPS toucpad/pointer stick unit, and in RH8 you could disable the "tap = click" feature using a small program called "tpconfig" that was run during startup. So in all GUI's I tried, I had this feature disabled and that's the way I prefer it.
In RH9, however, this does NOT work. The "tpconfig" does its job; I can check from the console ( I startup in runlevel 3) and the tapping is DISABLED. Once I start a window manager however, the setting reverts to "ENABLED" and the tap=click horror is upon me again. I tried, GNOME, KDE, TWM, WindowMaker and Fluxbox - all the same. I dont have to use the touchpad or anyting, it is enough to do "startx" and then bail out of the X server and tapping becomes enabled.
To me it seems this has something to do with how X starts up, the part that is common for all desktops. I can't find it, though....
This is not "urgent", it's not like it is a production machine, but it is quite beyond my scope here. I regard it as "tricky"... but I'll wait patiently for suggestions and try them out as they appear.