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Two finger scrolling on a PC touchpad?

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by dylanemcgregor, Feb 9, 2008.

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  1. dylanemcgregor

    dylanemcgregor Notebook Consultant

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    I've been using my girlfriend's Macbook for the last few months and really like the two finger scrolling option, it seems to work so much more reliably than the scrolling feature on my PC laptops that have you run your finger alongte edge of the trackpad. Is there a 3rd party driver somewhere that can give that support to my new Windows PC? It is a P1 SXS37 (which is based off an Asus barebones) and I've seen reports of people getting this to work on Asus machines with Linux.
     
  2. Han Bao Quan

    Han Bao Quan The Assassin

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    No, that design is trademark of Apple, I don't think there would be any 3rd party driver that can do it.
     
  3. notyou

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    What about in the synaptics control panel? You can customize a lot of stuff in there.
     
  4. dylanemcgregor

    dylanemcgregor Notebook Consultant

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    Unfortunately this is not one of the options in the standard driver.

    As I said apparently some people have got this working using Linux on Asus hardware, so the hardware should support it.

    I was pretty dismissive when Apple launched the two finger scrolling thing. I remember thinking how my laptop from back in 1995 could do this, and 10 years later Apple finally released a laptop with scrolling and they wanted to be considered innovators?

    ...but after using it for a few months I have to say it does work better than any PC solution I've used (and it works well in both OS X and XP). The edge scrolling just has never been that reliable for me. IT only seems to work on about 50% of the pages I want.
     
  5. dylanemcgregor

    dylanemcgregor Notebook Consultant

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    So I haven't completely given up on this, and I was looking through the registry today and I found a bunch of entries for 2FingerGestures and 3FingerGestures. I don't really want to go mucking about in the registry changing settings since I don't have any idea what I'm doing, but I'd imagine that changing some of the values here might get us somewhere?

    If you have a Synaptics touchpad and are interested search the registry for "2finger"

    Dylan
     
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    oh, it's TOTALLY doable. just ignore the above poster who said it wasn't. you can also look for finger_swipe, finger_flip, and finger_scroll, registry entries. you will need them each enabled (DWORD value) and set to 1.

    download the touchpad driver from the apple site. you simply need to run it with the WINE (windows emulator). it will allow low level software/applications (like drivers) to run regardless of hardware and/or OS. you DO NOT WANT the linux version of WINE. you have to use the Windows version (duh!).

    good luck.
     
  7. dylanemcgregor

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    That's awesome.

    Just to be clear though, are these two separate ways to get to the same thing?

    In the registry I have a bunch of items with ab next to the name. All of these have REG_SZ under type. If I need to enable these how would I change the type to REG_DWORD?

    Thanks again,
    Dylan
     
  8. XCan

    XCan Notebook Guru

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    If you find out more dylanemcgregor, please share, this is something I have wanted to do as well! :)
     
  9. mixxster

    mixxster Notebook Consultant

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    I would love to see this working. Please keep us updated with any news on this topic.
     
  10. iNoob.x

    iNoob.x Notebook Evangelist

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    Wow, that's interesting, I didn't know it was possible to do this on a PC touchpad. However, is WINE completely necessary? I mean if there are already registry codes for finger gestures then maybe simply setting them to true will do the job?

    Please keep us posted! :D
     
  11. ilkka

    ilkka Notebook Enthusiast

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    so does this work with pc's?
     
  12. ViciousXUSMC

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    The new EEE from Asus can, thats the only one I know of.
     
  13. iNoob.x

    iNoob.x Notebook Evangelist

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    What kind of touchpad does the Eee PC use? Maybe someone could extract the driver package so people with a similar touchpad model can also do that 2 finger dance? :D
     
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    I dunno, I just know there are youtube vids of it being done. Maybe its just the stuff listed above with the registry, or maybe its more than that. I am interested in trying the above method tho. Thing is I almost never use my touchpad. Click & Drag is a major pain ....
     
  15. Tusin

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    It is possible for sure. It is not a hardware thing, but a software setting. As in, if you install the OS (that is not to be mentioned here) on your PC, you can do two finger scrolling.
     
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    I went to go thru the steps to get wine & the mac driver but the wine stuff is abit much its multiple files to download and it looks like its designed for use in a "fake" windows environment.

    I actually dont understand why you would want a windows emulator thing, you need a mac emulator you would think. Oh well maybe somebody else will give it a shot its not important enough for me to mess with the hassles right now.
     
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    Hi,

    Any news on getting the two finger to work?
     
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    alibasbas Newbie

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  19. dmacfour

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    Video was lame, but I really want the 2 finger scrolling like they have on Macs.
     
  20. conejeitor

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    Any news on this?
     
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