Getting the eeepc synaptic pad to work with Fedora 12

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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:

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.

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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</code>

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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