ThinkPad touchpad backwards + touchy?


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I'm back to using FreeBSD as my daily desktop machine for the first time since 2002! Been on Arch Linux & OpenBSD since then. Nice to be back. FreeBSD 12. Lenovo ThinkPad T440s. Wow.

I've noticed that the trackpad seems backwards: it's the bottom (the part towards me) of the trackpad that's treated as the left/middle/right mouse button, and the top part of the trackpad is treated the same as the center. Is that intentional?

But more importantly it seems very touchy: for years of using this laptop with OpenBSD & Linux, I've never had this happen, but in the past two days being on FreeBSD, the touchpad seems to be getting "bumped", like the slightest accidental touch makes it click/activate. Any advice on where I'd change this, or since this is popular hardware, if anyone else can share their settings they used to set it to a sensible level?

All I did to install it was this:
pkg install xf86-input-synaptics
echo 'hw.psm.synaptics_support="1"' >> /boot/loader.conf
... nothing else. Any advice appreciated for this new/old user.

Thank you.


Son of Beastie

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The only thing I don't like about Thinkpads and laptops in general is the trackpad/touchpad and I hate it with a passion. It is the cause of the vast majority of my typing errors and at any time a length of text from the sentence I'm typing randomly transposed to another location on the file. It is irritating at best...

I bought my X61 specifically because it doesn't have one, only the 3 button system and Trackpoint. I use a mouse most often with the others, which does not mean my sleeve won't brush against it, a slight breeze blows by or a ghostie or some sort trashes my text while typing.

I haven't reached the level of frustration to try it yet because I might need it someday but have a site bookmarked that tells you how to disable it along with a couple other options, if it's of any assistance.


Son of Beastie

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Thanks! The thing I like most about trackpads / touchpads is if I can disable them :)
I prefer Trackpoint, but scrolling has been missing, so thanks for that tip as well.