4 Jan 2012

disabling FSPPS/2 Sentelic FingerSensingPad track pad.

Linux help.

I created a script to disable the FSPPS/2 Sentelic FingerSensingPad track pad on my gigabyte Q1585n note book. The Sentelic FigerSensingPad is two sensitive, and I have a mouse. When I type I want to disable the track pad. The note book does not have a hardware button combination to disable the track pad.

So I wrote this script to switch states. Every time you run it it changes it from enabled to disabled. Run it again and it switches from disabled to enabled. I tested it on my Ubuntu 11.04 and my friends fedora 14.  It should work on any Linux machine with xinput installed.

here is a link to a zipped file I uploaded to google docs.

to extract the archive

tar -xf ./tracpad.sh.tgz

to make it executable

chmod a+x ./tracpad.sh

to run it

Here is the contents of the script. I use xinput. If you just want to use xinput  to disable the touch pad or any thing else handled buy xinput read its man page.

# Author: Aaron Nel
# Created: 23 12 2011

# This script disables and enables the track pad
# every time it is run it switches the state of the track pad
# Specfically the "FSPPS/2 Sentelic FingerSensingPad"

#test to see what state the tracpad is in
padE=`xinput --list-props "FSPPS/2 Sentelic FingerSensingPad" | grep "Device Enabled" | cut -f3`
#echo $padE

case $padE in
        xinput set-prop "FSPPS/2 Sentelic FingerSensingPad" "Device Enabled" 1
        echo "device enabled"
        xinput set-prop "FSPPS/2 Sentelic FingerSensingPad" "Device Enabled" 0
        echo "device disabled"
        echo "Error:"
        echo "Device in an unknowen state"
        echo "$padE"


If you are looking for more info or other solutions  check out these links.


How to configure the touch pad, to make it less sensitive and other nice tweaks.

The souceforge driver project page.