Dec 152015
 

I picked up a Fujitsu LifeBook T900 to use as my sole Windows computer when I need. In particular, I sold my MFJ-259B in favor of using the Fox Delta analyzer, which suits my antenna tinkering needs better. Aside from that, I may use GRLevel3 on occasion, but in reality I will spend most of my time in Xubuntu, using it as my ham station. One of my great annoyances is the ‘click’ on a touchpad. Most of my laptops of the past have had a touchpoint (Libretto, Thinkpad, etc) but this new one does not. After some digging, I did find a solution to disabling the click on the touchpad which seems to interfere when I’m trying to use it. My environment was a fresh install of Xubuntu 15.10, so some steps may or may not be needed. I’m going to assume you’re already root or prepending ‘sudo’ to your commands:

1. Make the xorg.conf.d directory:

mkdir /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d

2. You can use whatever editor you want, I like vim:

apt-get install -y vim

3a. Copy the block below:

Section "InputClass"
	Identifier "touchpad"
	Driver "synaptics"
	MatchIsTouchpad "on"
	Option "MaxTapTime" "0"
EndSection

3b. Now, we need to open the file for editing:

vim /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-synaptics.conf

3c. Put it into ‘insert’ mode by hitting the ‘i’ key. (Do not hit enter, the key press puts it into insert mode)
3d. Now paste, either middle mouse click, or right click and then left click on paste.
3e. Hit the escape key. (Hitting escape puts vim back into command mode)
3f. Type the following string and hit enter,

:wq

(this says write our file and quit)
4. Reboot.

And that’s it. Now touching the touchpad will not initiate a click but everything else will work as expected.