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Multi touch gestures for all Asus laptops with Synaptics touchpad

Discussion in 'Asus' started by Phil, Oct 5, 2008.

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  1. Phil

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    Interesting, I may try it out later.
    Looks like its just media touch not really multi touch, like what the EEE has where you can do different things with different finger gestures tho, am I right?

    Id be looking to do things like 2 finger scrolling, zoom in/out, page forward/back. Thats what I would call multi touch.
     
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    Right, this is real multi touch. Two finger going back and forward on web pages is the only one I've tested sofar. Works great.

    There's also options for "chiral" something but I don't know how to test it. And three finger gestures too.
     
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    Then I will definitely check it out, I like multitouch so much on my EEE its the first time ever I did not consider a mouse mandatory. I infact have never even used a mouse with my EEE, even tho I did just buy a VX Nano in case I did want one lol.
     
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    Same here, I was using a Macbook Air for a while and liked the multi touch so much I prefered it over using a mouse.

    I'm very happy I can now use it on my Asus.
     
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    Wow, I'll have to install this on my W7S to check it out. Thanks for letting us know about this!
     
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    I just installed the driver on my U6V and it works! You can even assign tap zones, like the ones on the Asus M50 notebook (but limited to 4 zones, one in each corner). The only downside is that the chiromotion doesn't work with Firefox 3 :(
     
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    After trying this for a couple of weeks I'm really impressed with my old touchpad. For example it's possible to assign eight different two finger gestures. I've got left and right set to move back and forward, up an down to scrolling up and down, while I use the diagonal gestures for opening new tabs with speicific websites I want to visit,
     
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    Nice. MouseGestures with the touchpad. :)
     
  10. Sgt. Hollywood

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    Well there's a sweet little find, works fine on my system.
     
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    My V6J is also nearly 3 years old. I have installed this driver and it worked -- but with mixed results. Details below.

    a) Two finger and three finger gestures do not work. Unless I'm doing something wrong or my fingers are not up to spec. :) More likely, a limitation in the firmware or hardware of this touchpad model. Too bad, could have used the pgup/pgdn back/fwd gestures.
    b) Chiral motion works. But for some reason, vertical chiral motion does not work in Firefox (someone already said this earlier, not sure if on this thread or elsewhere). That pretty much defeats the purpose since 99% of scrolling on the internet is vertical, and I only need it for the internet -- I use an external mouse at work, when editing documents and code. So I'm back to using scrolling regions, which worked in the earlier driver.
    c) Tap zones work. I don't find them terribly useful, though.
    d) Hotkey to disable/enable touchpad no longer works (it figures, since this is not an ASUS driver). This is a major issue, since I don't want the touchpad to disable automatically when I plug in a mouse -- sometimes I use them both, yeah, I'm weird. :) But going through the clicks until I get to disable the device from the Control Panel -- is a pain.

    So, I'll give this a go for a while, but I don't see any real advantages. Main problem is that chiral motion doesn't work in the single app that needs it in my case, and that 2finger gestures don't work.

    If anyone has any suggestion on the 2finger issue, I'll be grateful.
     
  12. Sgt. Hollywood

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    I still have use of the hard (en)disable button on the chassis as well as the F+F9 with these drivers.
     
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    In my case there is no soft toggle, and Fn+F9 does nothing -- so probably the older ATK Hotkey doesn't play well with the new Synaptics drivers. Some restarts might fix it, who knows.
     
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    Where exactly are the two finger/three finger gesture options?

    Edit: I've uninstalled my old synaptics drivers (10.1.8 i think), installed the new ones, restarted when it told me, and I still don't see the options for any two finger gestures. I'm running an Asus M50VM-A1, with vista 32-bit...

    If anyone can help me out, that'd be super. I would really like to get some of that functionality going!
     
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    In the Synaptics device settings. They are the last 2 options for me. Double click icon in system tray, Device Settings tab, and Settings.
     
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    Nope, I've got nothing new, as far as I can tell. My last two options are Illumination Options and Sensitivity. And it is 10.2.4 and all, I really don't know where I went wrong.
     
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    I would like to try this, however I am worried that installing the driver would kick in the g50's keyboard hanging problem.

    Does anyone with the G50 know if this driver starts the keyboard hanging problem?
     
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    Why not try it? In the worst case you just uninstall it.

    I have a correction to make to my first post on the page (or rather addition, since I suspected this might happen, as I said in my 2nd post). The touchpad toggle button now works after 1 more restart, so I'll be keeping the driver. Without much additional benefit though :(

    Don't know... did you uninstall the old driver properly and restart before installing the new driver? If not, redo it, this time with restarts after uninstall/install.

    Note that the Chiral motion which is arguably the most useful option of this driver, is in the Virtual Scrolling tab. Which you probably have access to.
     
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    can you specify how you configure/enable multitouch gesture? I can't understand if my multitouch actually supports multitouch: chiral scroll and other coll things work fine, but I can't see how to configure any multitouch option...
     
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    Hmm, I don't know, it's not working with me either, my last two are pointer and sensitivity.

    I have chiral settings in scrolling, but they only work with the "practice" section, and all my scrolling is disabled when I try to use it (even hori and verti scrolling) so I have to disable Chiral in order to get those back.

    I really liked it, I can really see myself use the touch pad much more with such settings.
     
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