Atrocious tap-to-click responsiveness in Ubuntu

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by Eice, Sep 11, 2010.

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  1. Eice

    Eice Registered Member

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    Recently I was forced to use my laptop’s touchpad instead of a mouse. Scrolling and clicking via touchpad buttons were fine, but tapping to click was incredibly inconsistent and frustrating. Most of the time I needed to tap more than once, with varying amounts of force and speed, before my clicks would register. I initially thought it was a problem with my antiquated laptop’s touchpad and lived with it for days, until I booted into Windows 7 and found out that Windows registered my taps almost perfectly. I’d been so frustrated that the relief of having responsive tap-to-clicks was overwhelming (my girlfriend had to ask me what I was thanking God out loud for).

    As it is I’m rather clueless as to how to begin troubleshooting and solving this issue. Help appreciated.
     
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    You could try gpointing-device-settings, or the older gsynaptics which, while officially labeled as deprecated, solved my problems with my touchpad's sensitivity. Both are in the repos.
     
  3. Eice

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    I tried gpointing-device-settings first, since the summary mentioned it was the successor to gsynaptics, but it seemed to do nothing. gsynaptics itself, however, has produced a noticeable improvement.

    Thanks for the suggestions.
     
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    gpointing-device-settings worked well for me, but there is an annoying bug where it would lose your settings after a reboot. Actually, I hate touchpads and have a mini usb mouse for my laptop.
     
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