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I have a Macbook 2,1 running Mint Katya and the touchpad config has been driving me nuts. xorg.conf seems to be ignored, so for now I've just been getting rid of it.

Running synclient, I can get things how I want them, but what's interesting is that it's clearly pulling the information from somewhere other than xorg.conf, or xorg.conf.d/synclient .

I've got just about every touchpad configurator in the known universe on here, and also have a bunch of DE's installed, so it's impossible for me to tell what's "canon", so to speak.

xorg.conf is currently blank.

xorg.conf.d synclient.d is as follows:

Section "InputClass"
    Identifier "touchpad catchall"
    Driver "synaptics"
    MatchIsTouchpad "on"
    MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"

I've also got the mactel support libraries installed, but I can't figure out where the actual settings for appletouch are.

Can anyone lend a hand? Thanks in advance.

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Got it!

Apparently what seems most "canonical", at least on my machine, is /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf .

The "wrong" values that were being refreshed each boot (and that synclient was reading from) appear to be appletouch or synaptics defaults (could be wrong on this now, god knows I've muddied the waters on this machine plenty).

In any case, turns out you can put whatever options you been told belong in /etc/X11/xorg.conf into 50-synaptics.conf as well.

Once again, this is on Mint 11 Katya (so for anyone having this problem on other distros, the file paths may be slightly different).

Updated 50-synaptics.conf for Macbook 2,1 (Early 2007) is as follows:

Section "InputClass"
    Identifier "touchpad catchall"
    Driver "synaptics"
    MatchIsTouchpad "on"
    MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"

# These settings for FingerLow and High give a very light touch on this model, 
# similar to what you see on a Boot Camp Windows partition. Defaults to 29 and 34 
# on my machine.

    Option "FingerLow" "5" 
    Option "FingerHigh" "15"

# Next option seems to fix "jumpy cursor" problem, where a steady motion from 
# the user does not result in steady pointer movement (skips a few pixels at a 
# time). Defaults to 0.

    Option "JumpyCursorThreshold" "5" 

Hopes this helps people in the future.

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Doesnt work for TapButton2 options, however, there check out this solution… – n3rd Jan 17 '12 at 16:06

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