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elantech touch-pad is not sensitive enough

asked 2011-11-20 18:47:34 -0600

tjw344 gravatar image

I have been tried many distros and investigated this issue quite a bit. I would like to know if there is any way I can work with someone to fix this issue. It is a clickpad that does not have any buttons. This is probably one of the newest model elantech touchpads (I am using a samsung np700z5b laptop). With the kernel 3.1 rc1 I know there was an issue with it being pick up as a logitech mouse. I am using fedora-updates-testing repo (Linux version 3.1.1-2.fc16.x86_64 ( (gcc version 4.6.2 20111027 (Red Hat 4.6.2-1) (GCC)), and I know that is being picked up properly now by the kernel. So that is not the issue.

dmesg | grep elantech [ 1.706166] elantech: assuming hardware version 4 (with firmware version 0x361f06) [ 1.746423] elantech: Synaptics capabilities query result 0x21, 0x15, 0x0f.

I think some of the synaptics properties are not being applied properly to the device though. I cannot adjust the sensitivity of the pad, and I am not even sure if that is the problem. It might be plenty sensitive. I have to touch the pad with a third of my finger for it to recognize it as being touched. It is weird. I think the area required to be touched needs to be adjusted. Please let me know what I can do or who I can contact.

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answered 2011-11-28 12:26:37 -0600

Adam Prax gravatar image

I have a fairly new Elantech touchpad and the same problem. Try adjusting the FingerHigh and FingerLow values. The ones that worked for me were:

synclient FingerHigh=0
synclient FingerLow=9
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answered 2012-03-01 19:26:06 -0600

I've got enough of it on Debian and wrote a patch. Basically it boils down to defaulting to FingerLow=1 FingerHigh=1, which are the only correct values for Elantech hardware.

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answered 2012-02-28 14:26:33 -0600

Smittix gravatar image

Does anyone know if this is going to be fixed? It's not fedora specific. The same problem exists in all distributions of linux that I have tried. If the mouse is detected as a standard mouse it works perfectly.

Even in windows, On a fresh install the mouse works fine except scrolling with two fingers and other exotic functionality. But as soon as you install the elantech drivers its just plain sloppy!

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answered 2011-11-22 13:04:34 -0600

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

To start with, try the normal mouse and touchpad utility that we have. In gnome3, hit the activities corner, and type "mouse" in the search box. You can modify touchpad sensitivity from there.

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