Getting the eeepc synaptic pad to work with Fedora 12


Of all the how to's I've posted here over the last half year, this has to be one of the easiest. But when I tried to figure this out on my own it took a little bit of digging. So for the benefits of everyone else on the interwebs here is a one stop shop for getting your synaptic pad to work for your EEE-pc with Fedora 12.

Things you'll need:

    - an eeepc (I have a 1000, but I'm sure any will work)

    - Fedora 12 installed on said netbook

    - sudo access

    - a comfortable editor

    - you might also need to have xorg-x11-drv-synaptics installed
    (and if you don't at least now you know what to look for)

I've found that xorg.conf for fedora 12 is not included with the default install of fedora 12. Thus we need to get it; so while as root (or with sudo) type:
Xorg -configure :1

After doing this you should now have an xorg.conf file in /etc/X11. The second part is to now put a little extra configuration into the xorg.conf file. Now using your favorite editor paste the following stuff into the file. I have placed mine beneath the mouse section.

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Synaptics"
Driver "synaptics"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"
Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
Option "TapButton1" "1"
Option "TapButton2" "2"
EndSection

And for the last step, in the "ServerLayout" section we need to change this line:
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
to this line:
InputDevice "Synaptics" "CorePointer"

Save the changes, restart X (logging out and back in works well), and now you can single and double finger taps working with ease.I

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