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Toughbooks and Linux

Discussion in 'Panasonic' started by Sadlmkr, Apr 2, 2010.

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  1. Sadlmkr

    Sadlmkr Freelance

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    TO SUMMARIZE THIS THREAD.WORKS ON #! Crunchbang Linux
    1.FOR TOUCHSCREEN SEE #79 FOR TOUCHPAD SEE #88. IF ON A MARK 3 #79 SHOWS NO RESPONSE "YOU MOST LIKELY HAVE A DEAD TOUCHSCREEN"
    2. THERE IS SOME VERY GOOD INFORMATION BY 9NINE9 STARTING ON PAGE TWO.
    3. THE TOUCHSCREEN INFORMATION HERE WORKS ON MARKS 2,3 and 4.
    4. PAGE 7 TOUCHPAD SENSITIVITY ISSUE. BREAK-THROUGH.

    Finally got it downloaded and I got wireless about ten minutes ago.

    Who's the Linux expert here?

    I'd like to have touch screen back.

    The touch pad is way slow even on highest settings. Driver?

    Got tired of M'sft telling me what to do and I have always wanted to play with Linux.

    It's Mint by the way and I do like the look of the desktop. Now if I could figure out what to do with it.

    This is on my stock so far CF-29LAQGZBM. The backlit keyboard works fine and the space between keys seems to help my hunt and peck style with my big hands.

    Any leads on the touch issues would be appreciated.:confused:
    Laptop Forums and Notebook Computer Discussion
    Jeff
    May have to apologize for starting this thread. Tell you later. My problem was not asking the right question in a search. So I am here now. CF-28 Touch Screen Installation with Recent Linux Distributions
     
  2. NTTD

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    What flavor of Linux are you using?
     
  3. KLonsdale

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    I have Mint as well, there were some who were trying but so far no one has been able to get the touchscreen working with any flavor of linux. Search the threads from about 6 months ago. I am trying to get Viking, which is a GPS mapping software, to talk with my GPS engine, so far no luck, but will try some more when I have time.
     
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    If I would only read and understand.:eek:

    When I first read through it I thought you were talking about the CONDITION!:eek:
     
  5. Sadlmkr

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    Yeah try doing a search for anything with Mint and Toughbook and see what you get.:eek:

    Is there an alternate driver for the touch pad? I would be fairly happy with that and am re-learning keyboard commands.
    That mouse is bad for carpal tunnel and it's outside the Toughbook.
    By the by I did read and "mess" with the post by Modly. Still working on that.
    The saga continues. My goal? Equipping the LAQ with totally freeware. I don't believe someone should work for nothing and am not opposed to a gratuity here and there but M is out of the pcture for this unit.:D
     
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    What is your touchpad doing? Mine works fine right out of the box with Mint, I have not installed any driver software, though I suppose I should use Wine to install the hotkey driver, but have just not gotten around to it yet. I know what you mean by MS. I love Windows 7 but refuse to pay such an exorbitant price for a product that at most is not worth more than $50.00. If MS would follow that logic then they would not have to spend so much time and energy trying to keep people from making illegal copies of it, but what do I know.
     
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    I might try to search the Linux Mint forums to see if anyone on there might have found out how to make a touch screen work.
     
  10. Sadlmkr

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    Just went through a small! update. Rolling again now.
    My pad is verrrrry slow and insensitive.
     
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    Ok, I know what you are talking about, mine drags a bit as well, I think that there is a way to adjust it but it has not been enough of a bother to deal with.
     
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    Ok, solved the touchpad problem, click menu, then click control center, scroll down to mouse, click mouse, set pointer speed to fast and sensitivity to low and that should make your touchpad more responsive, then adjust to your liking.
     
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    Klonsdale Mate,

    You have made my day!:) Did't make sense to me to do that but now I see I think.

    Jeff
     
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    Tried loading the hot key driver for XP using Wine, no joy. I also tried the same with the touchscreen driver, no joy.
     
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    Had a little fun last night this morning wee hours. Attempting to fool with the touch screen and no access allowed via sudo. Reloaded Mint three times so far 'cause I thought I messed the password up. Seems like we have three passwords on board. Grub, Admin, User.
    After three days you would think I knew everything about Linux.
    The saga continues.
    What's your take on GPS via Linux?

    Jeff
     
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    For the touchscreen on the CF-29 (and cf-18), you need the evtouch driver:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-evtouch
    unfortunately, the touchscreen calibration software doesn't work, you'll have to do the calibration by hand. Google has a bunch of help for how to do that
     
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    Nine,
    In the nick of time. I've been reading and using some of your earlier posts. Be right back.

    O.K. followed your post.
    The only change was in rebuilding dependency key. It already saw the file.
    Restart.
    On opening, the password manager came up saying the touch screen calibration tool required a password. That's new.
    Then it said no evtouch device found am I sure I have one.
    Another step.
    Tinker,tinker, tinker.
    Thanks.
    Jeff

    Dummy.....I clicked the button to place calibration on the start up menu.
     
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    As far as GPS goes, most linux GPS applications use gpsd to talk to the GPS receiver. It allows multiple apps to get GPS data at the same time, and isolates the applications from the specific GPS formats. To install:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gpsd gpsd-clients
    it should come up with a configuration dialog. for my internal GPS, the device is /dev/ttyS1

    the command 'cgps' should give you a quick overview of your gps status, so you can verify everything is working right.

    Not too up on the linux GPS applications. The last time I looked, the biggest issue was getting the data. For Topo data, there is now Topoquest.com, which has USGS DRG's (digital versions of the 1:24K Quads) for free download.

    Hotkeys. if your hotkeys are not working, make sure the panasonic_laptop kernel module is installed:
    Code:
    nine@cf29:~$ lsmod | grep pana
    panasonic_laptop        5468  0 
    nine@cf29:~$
    
    if it's installed, your hotkeys should be working. If it's not installed:
    Code:
    sudo modprobe panasonic_laptop
    should do it
     
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    Still showing no evtouch screen error message.
    Any insight?
    Thanks for all the above.
    I entered a couple of suggested lines of code and have been going through that to see if it lights any lights upstairs.
    As logical as computer's are I probably don't have a evtouch display.
    Jeff
     
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    ok, so I got the calibration thing figured out.
    it's actually fairly easy:
    1. get rid of /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Code:
    sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak
    2. create the file /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/20thirdparty/50-Toughbook.fdi with the following contents:
    Code:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!-- -*- SGML -*- -->
    
    <deviceinfo version="0.2">
    
      <device>
        <match key="info.product" contains="LBPS/2 Fujitsu Lifebook TouchScreen">
          <match key="info.capabilities" contains="input">
             <merge key="input.x11_driver" type="string">evtouch</merge>
             <merge key="input.x11_options.reportingmode" type="string">raw</merge>
             <merge key="input.x11_options.emulate3buttons" type="string">true</merge>
             <merge key="input.x11_options.emulate3timeout" type="string">50</merge>
             <merge key="input.x11_options.sendcoreevents" type="string">on</merge>
             <merge key="input.x11_options.minx" type="string">310</merge>
             <merge key="input.x11_options.miny" type="string">280</merge>
             <merge key="input.x11_options.maxx" type="string">3700</merge>
             <merge key="input.x11_options.maxy" type="string">4100</merge>
          </match>
        </match>
      </device>
    
    </deviceinfo>
    
    3. reboot
    4. run the calibration utility, follow the directions
    5. log out
    6. log in
    7. enjoy your calibrated touchscreen!
     
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