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Make the TrackPoint play nice with Fedora 13

Posted in Linux, SysAdmin by Chris on May 28, 2010

Moving faster
Speed and sensitivity defaults leave my Thinkpad’s trackpoint excruciatingly slow. So first thing is to create /etc/udev/rules.d/10-trackpoint.rules containing one line:

SUBSYSTEM=="serio", DRIVERS=="psmouse", ATTR{speed}="220", ATTR{sensitivity}="190"

I also like to scroll with the help of the middle button. For this Fedora 13 now uses user config files for X like /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-thinkpad.conf reading e.g.:

Section "InputClass"
    Identifier      "Trackpoint Wheel Emulation"
    MatchProduct    "TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint|DualPoint Stick|Synaptics Inc. Composite TouchPad / TrackPoint"
    MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
    Option	    "EmulateWheel"       "true"
    Option	    "EmulateWheelButton" "2"
    Option	    "Emulate3Buttons"    "false"
    Option	    "XAxisMapping"       "6 7"
    Option	    "YAxisMapping"       "4 5"

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  1. Kanak said, on August 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Works great (X61 tablet running Fedora 13). Thank you.

  2. Kuroh said, on September 23, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Works in ThinkPad T60p. Thank you!

  3. Brent Sherlock said, on November 5, 2010 at 2:47 am

    not quite sure how to make this rules file you want with one line, i tried with a text editor and just saving it as .rules but it didnt work, with that said 10-trackpoint.rulesi dint even try the second step. i hope you can help, sorry im a lil nub.

    • Chris said, on November 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm

      Open your favorite text editor with root privileges, e.g. type “sudo gedit&” at a terminal prompt. Copy and paste that one line above into the editor’s new file. It’s important that the editor does not break the line but keeps all the characters on one single line. Then save the file under the name “10-trackpoint.rules” in the system directory “/etc/udev/rules.d/”. Reboot and you should notice some effect. You may want to fiddle with the numeric values “220” and “190”.

  4. Dale said, on January 8, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Thanks for this! Worked great!

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