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Unable to Adjust Slow Touchpad Pointer Speed

asked 2014-06-28 21:56:55 -0500

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updated 2014-09-24 13:10:20 -0500

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After downloading the latest software updates for Fedora 20, I noticed an unwanted change in my touchpad's pointer speed. Regardless of whether the pointer speed is set on 'slow', or 'high', or somewhere in the middle, the speed does not seem to change. I would describe the speed as being always noticably slow. Any thoughts?

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I have the same problem using Fedora 20 KDE on an Acer Extensa 4630Z. None of the touchpad settings make any difference. The problem started 2 days ago after running updates.

jimh248 gravatar imagejimh248 ( 2014-06-29 10:51:02 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-06-29 09:39:12 -0500

chris_to_pher gravatar image

There was a thread about this in the users mailing list. Here is the thread:

And the solution:

Credit to Ed Greshko who solved it. Hope it fixes your problem, too.

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Didn't work for me. I got F21. Any thoughts?

MaximYaskevich gravatar imageMaximYaskevich ( 2015-01-21 07:37:41 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-06-29 12:10:43 -0500

jon123 gravatar image

Thanks, christopher. The answer which you indicated ("yum --enablerepo updates-testing update xorg-x11-*") solved the problem, on rebooting. Great relief!

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answered 2014-06-29 09:40:46 -0500

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A workaround

As you said that problem occurred after an update, I guess some package related to mouse/touchpad has a regression or similar. I don't have this issue though (but I use testing-updates repo by default).

A workaround for this problem could be synclient. First, give this command

synclient | grep -ie minspeed -ie maxspeed

and you should get the values. I think the important one is the MaxSpeed output. Try to change it to a higher value.

synclient MaxSpeed=2

and see if this fixes the problem.

If yes, you can add this command as a startup application (depends on what DE you use).

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answered 2014-06-29 08:36:10 -0500

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Had exactly the same experience! I was about to post the same question when I saw yours. I have to use a USB mouse (which works fine) till we get a solution, as the touchpad mouse moves only about 100 pixels with a full finger sweep. I have attached my list of last night's software update. Would you please supply your update list (terminal as root: "rpm -qa --last | tac >> " followed by a suitable path and file name; copy out of this list the latest updates, and perhaps sort the list, as I have done). If we compare lists, perhaps we can find the culprit?

Technical Details: My computer - Asus K52F, running Xfce version of F20. Device: ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad. Touchpad works perfectly with F19 and Mint 16 installations on same computer; but same problem in F20 if I revert to either of last two kernels. Printouts in my F19 and F20 installations are identical for module "synaptics" in Xorg.0.log and for "synclient".

I can't attach a file (not enough karma, apparently), so list my latest update below: audit-2.3.7-1.fc20.x86_64 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:11:31 IST audit-libs-2.3.7-1.fc20.i686 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:12:19 IST audit-libs-2.3.7-1.fc20.x86_64 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:07:46 IST autocorr-en- Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:07:57 IST btrfs-progs-3.14.2-3.fc20.x86_64 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:11:53 IST cpp-4.8.3-1.fc20.x86_64 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:08:22 IST crda-1.1.3_2014.06.13-1.fc20.x86_64 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:11:30 IST cups-filters-1.0.53-5.fc20.x86_64 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:11:16 IST cups-filters-libs-1.0.53-5.fc20.x86_64 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:10:00 IST device-mapper-persistent-data-0.3.2-1.fc20.x86_64 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:11:38 IST dhclient-4.2.6-5.fc20.x86_64 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:11:25 IST dhcp-common-4.2.6-5.fc20.x86_64 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:07:57 IST dhcp-libs-4.2.6-5.fc20.x86_64 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:07:56 IST elfutils-libelf-0.158-4.fc20.i686 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:12:17 IST elfutils-libelf-0.158-4.fc20.x86_64 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:10:28 IST elfutils-libs-0.158-4.fc20.x86_64 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:10:46 IST fedy-3.2.0-11.1.noarch Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:11:41 IST firewall-config-0.3.10-1.fc20.noarch Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:10:44 IST firewalld-0.3.10-1.fc20.noarch Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:10:39 IST gcc-4.8.3-1.fc20.x86_64 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:09:54 IST gcc-c++-4.8.3-1.fc20.x86_64 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:11:20 IST gcc-gfortran-4.8.3-1.fc20.x86_64 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:11:19 IST gnome-online-accounts-3.10.5-1.fc20.x86_64 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:11:50 IST gnupg-1.4.17-1.fc20.x86_64 Sun 29 Jun 2014 00:11:46 IST grub2-2.00-26.fc20.x86_64 ... (more)

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