I recently installed linux on a macbook air (early 2014) and am trying to tweak the touchpad so that its actually usable.
I have noticed the following:
1) I frequently get accidental right click menus that pop up randomly while surfing the web. It seems the touchpad is very sensitive and I want this to stop.
2) I can move the cursor around with 1 finger moving around the touch pad but as soon as I place another finger or part of my hand (often by accident) on the touch pad all navigation stops and I cannot move the cursor so long as more than one piece of flesh is touching the touchpad. I do not want this to happen and don't know how to prevent this. MacOS is not as restrictive like this.
To address #1, I tried the suggestion at the link below, which attempts to change the default right-click mechanism to that of MacOS which is a button+click.
However, that did not work. When I click on the COMMAND key the Linux Mint menu pops up instead. The right-click functionality is unchanged and remains the 2 finger tap.
I also placed the following in
Option "TapButton2" "0"
Section "InputClass" Identifier "touchpad catchall" Driver "synaptics" MatchIsTouchpad "on" # This option is recommend on all Linux systems using evdev, but cannot be # enabled by default. See the following link for details: # http://who-t.blogspot.com/2010/11/how-to-ignore-configuration-errors.html MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*" Option "TapButton2" "0" EndSection
However, that did not do anything and when I run
synclient -l I still see:
TapButton1 = 1 TapButton2 = 3 TapButton3 = 2
I also checked the
/var/log/Xorg.0.log and I do see that the TapButton2 =0 got picked up but it hasnt taken effect because I can still right click by clicking the touchpad with 2 fingers.
[ 9.240] (**) Option "TapButton2" "0"
At this point I'm not sure whether its even possible to properly configure the touch pad as it seems simple configuration changes don't work.