[Techtalk] Random: MS problem, Linux solution and an experiment

Arathena Sprankle me at arathena.com
Wed Jan 23 23:58:05 EST 2002

On Wed, 2002-01-23 at 12:44, Akkana wrote:
> James writes:
> > I have a ghetto Compaq laptop.  It has one of those ridiculous touchpads
> > (I use a USB mouse), which I hate, as my hands always accidentally touch
> > it while typing and I delete half a page of work.  I tried disabling it
> > in XP and it refused to disable.  There was also no way to disable it
> > through BIOS.
> Your "cat" solution is ingenious and cool, and may be all you need.
> I'll definitely save it for future reference.
> But in case you're looking for more, you might be itnerested in the
> linux touchpad configurator: http://www.compass.com/synaptics/

I installed this touchpad configurator.. and it works great! Thanks! 

> Raven, corporate courtesan writes:
> > 	In other news -- I will be getting a new laptop with my tax
> > return this year, and putting Debian on it.  Does anyone have
> > recommendations for laptops that they particularly like, or have worked
> > particularly well with Linux?  I'm trying to do some research in

I have a custom compaq 1800T, which I bought about a year ago. I've had
two problems.. 1) The headphone jack was loose, and 2) The pcmcia slot
became loose, and stopped recognizing my wireless card. I simply asked
them to repair it, and it took them 3 days, to ship it overnight, fix
and ship it back to me. I was impressed :) So good customer service
experience, and the items described above are working just fine, and I
have had no other issues with my laptop. 

I have dual boot winXP (used to be win2k) and linux RH 7.2. I had no
problems finding drivers to get things working. 

I like it :)


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