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Touchpad not working in Suse 10.2

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I have a HP 500 Notebook with touchpad and a dual boot Windows XP/Suse 10.2 setup.  The touchpad works normally in Windows but not in Suse.

My kernel is version 2.6.18.2 and CONFIG_INPUT_EVDEV and CONFIG_MOUSE_PS2 are enabled.

I installed tpconfig (open source driver) but when I run it there is this message: "No Synaptics or ALPS touchpad device found".

cat /proc/bus/input/devices does not list a touchpad.

When booting, there is a message "Failed services in runlevel 3......touchpad"

I know the touchpad is functioning in Windows, so it is physically intact, but Linux does not seem to detect it.  I even tried recompiling the kernel but the problem continues.

Is there something I am not doing?
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by:nedvis
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Before you use any third party drivers for touchpad input device you should be able to install and run synaptics as well as Ksynaptics packages through SUSE YAST software mangement. Synaptics is native Linux device driver for touchpad and Ksynaptics is a graphical frontend you can use to finetune your input device ( basicaly input/output service ).
 So the firsty think should be to fire up YAST and install synaptics device driver packages.
 " For some reason, openSUSE doesn't include the Ksynaptics control panel module, which lets you fine-tune your Synaptics touchpad."
http://www.tuxmachines.org/node/11989
  I don't know is that true for SUSE 10.2 ,but once synaptics is installed and activated you should have all touchpad functionality at your disposal.

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by:Bloodrule
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Thanks for your answer but the real problem was with the default kernel.  It didn't see the Synaptics device on my HP 500 notebook.  I solved the problem with a newly configured and installed kernel by using these steps (modifying the first link where appropriate which is a solution for Ubuntu 6.10):

http://hp500.xf.cz/us/Main.html
http://www.howtoforge.com/kernel_compilation_suse

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That's great achievement!
And thank you for the links!

nedvis
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