Fedora 12 Acer Aspire One Scrolling + Tap to Click

Nov-20th-2009

Here’s a quick HowTo to enable your Acer Aspire One laptop to use the touchpad as a clicking and scrolling device

Run the following:

1. cp /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/20thirdparty/10-synaptics.fdi /etc/hal/fdi/policy/

Then, with your favourite text editor (e.g. vi ), make changes to the new file as root:

2. su

3. #> gedit /etc/hal/fdi/policy/10-synaptics.fdi

4. UN-edit the 3 example lines in the file, so that the file looks like this:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”ISO-8859-1″?>
<!– DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE IN PLACE.
This file will be overwritten with the next update. If you need to add
custom options, copy the file into /etc/hal/fdi/policy/ first.
See https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Input_device_configuration –>
<deviceinfo version=”0.2″>
<device>
<match key=”info.capabilities” contains=”input.touchpad”>
<!– To add custom options for the touchpad, modify the examples below
to suit your needs. The available options are listed in the
“synaptics” man page. After modifyfing this file, you must
restart HAL. Check the output of lshal whether your modifications
have been merged successfully.
Note: Options must always be type “string”.
The following examples enable left, right, middle clicks on
single, double, triple finger tapping, respectively.
<merge key=”input.x11_options.TapButton1″ type=”string”>1</merge>
<merge key=”input.x11_options.TapButton2″ type=”string”>3</merge>
<merge key=”input.x11_options.TapButton3″ type=”string”>2</merge>
–>
<merge key=”input.x11_driver” type=”string”>synaptics</merge>
</match>
</device>
</deviceinfo>

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”ISO-8859-1″?>

<deviceinfo version=”0.2″>

<device>

<match key=”info.capabilities” contains=”input.touchpad”>

<merge key=”input.x11_options.TapButton1″ type=”string”>1</merge>

<merge key=”input.x11_options.TapButton2″ type=”string”>3</merge>

<merge key=”input.x11_options.TapButton3″ type=”string”>2</merge>

<merge key=”input.x11_driver” type=”string”>synaptics</merge>

</match>

</device>

</deviceinfo>

5. Reboot your Acer Aspire One netbook. et voila !

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