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How can I enable touch pad gestures(multi touch effects) of alps touch pad which comes with dell inspiron n5110 in ubuntu 11.10. These gestures worked fine with windows.

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possible duplicate of Enable two-finger scrolling on ALPS touchpad – Michael Martin-Smucker Feb 28 '12 at 4:16
Here you can find a solution: – Beni Bogosel Oct 23 '12 at 15:35

This blog post contains instructions for installing patched mouse drivers, which enable correct recognition of your touchpad: Even this is a little outdated, as there have been several updates to the drivers since.

In short: Download psmouse-alps-1.3: Then (using sudo / root):

  • Extract the folder psmouse-alps-1.3 to /usr/source
  • cd to /usr/source
  • dkms add psmouse-alps-1.3
  • dkms autoinstall
  • rmmod psmouse && modprobe psmouse

Bam! Working multitouch! :-)

Possible duplicate: Enable two-finger scrolling on ALPS touchpad

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tried.... bt nt wrkng – Chathura Widanage Mar 5 '12 at 16:40

If you want to enable your Dell Inspiron 15R Touchpad:

  • download that alps-dkms package and install it in /usr/src.
  • from a terminal, navigate to /usr/src/psmouse-alps-0.10/src and then gedit alps.c
  • in alps.c scroll down and copy the /* Dell Vostro 1400 */ line completely. In that line you will have to replace first 3 matches, that is , replace 0x73 , 0x02 , 0x50 with 0x73 , 0x03 , 0x50 .
  • Save the file and return to the terminal. In the terminal type dkms add -m psmouse -v alps-0.10
  • After this, type dkms build -m psmouse -v alps-0.10
  • after build is complete, install it with dkms install -m psmouse -v alps-0.10
  • after it installs it successfully, type rmmod psmouse && modprobe psmouse This will reload your psmouse module.
  • Next, type xinput --list to see whether it loaded successfully or not. If it shows Alps/PS2 Alps GlidePoint in the xinput , than congrats. And i bet it will show as i got it working by this! If you need complete patched module , you can ask me :)
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tried everything but not working.... :-( – Chathura Widanage Mar 5 '12 at 16:40

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