How to stop wandering cursor in Kubuntu Linux Dell 1420

O. Sinclair o.sinclair at
Tue Jul 8 01:37:23 CDT 2008

O. Sinclair wrote:
> Larry Alkoff wrote:
>> My cursor jumps all over the place in Kubuntu Linux on my Dell 1420 laptop.
>> I've read about a fix for Ubuntu but can't see how to apply it to Kubuntu.
>> The fix talks about editing /etc/X11/xorg.conf which I have done
>> and
>> Now, navigate to System > Preferences > Sessions
>> and click on "Add". Name it something like "Touchpad Syndaemon", the
>> description can be "Disables touchpad while typing", and the all important
>> command you need is "syndaemon -i 1 -d -t -K".
>> There is no such thing as System > Preferences > Sessions in Kubuntu
>> and I don't know what that gui thing does.
>> I'd greatly appreciate if anyone could point me to a fix or just explain 
>> what System > Preferences > Sessions does in Ubuntu so I could fix it on 
>> the command line in Kubuntu.
> I assume you mean when you use the touchpad and BOY do I recognize that
> one. However there are a few remedies.
> One: disable touchpad clicking altogether by adding a line to your
> /etc/X11/xorg.conf file:
> 	Option		"MaxTapTime" 		"0"
> this line has to be in the Section "Inputdevice" with Identifier
> "Synaptics Touchpad". Then use the "click-buttons" instead to click.
> Two: download "Touchfreeze" from sourceforge - I dont find it working
> but maybe you do
> Three: download KSynaptics from the Gutsy repositories and install.
> Voila, you have a Touchpad section in System Settings, Keyboard and
> Mouse, and can set tapping, sensitivity etc. from there.
> It took me a bit of figuring out how to get the package (use the
> http://... line from you sources list and then find the gutsy and so on)
> but it works perfect. So I am on option 3 in other words.
Have to comment myself: I am on Kubuntu Hardy 8.04.1 - in Ubuntu Gnome 
the package GSynaptics is supposed to do the trick and it is in the repos.


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