Saturday, February 02, 2008

Asus eeePC, ubuntu, firefox and the synaptic touchpad

Im playing around with the Asus eeePC and have since tried out different linux flavours on it. Ive settled with Ubuntu mainly because of familiarity. And after a reinstall, its fast enough.

A surprising discovery is that the synaptics touchpad features horizontal scrolling too. To enable it,

1) Go to System / Preference / Mouse
2) Click the "Touchpad" tab
3) Enable "Horizontal Scrolling"

Firefox will then become impossible to use, because the horizontal action is defaulted to "back" and "forward". So just like the Mighty Mouse settings, adjust these about:config settings:

4) mousewheel.horizscroll.withnokey.action from "2" to "0"
5) mousewheel.horizscroll.withnokey.numlines from "-1" to "1"

And there you have it, vertical and horizontal scrolling on the little eeePC.

My thoughts on this device in a later post.


5 lewsers:

Anonymous said...

I want to know how well it works to play AVI even better RMVB files?

Yoon Kit said...

it plays videos, but quit choppy. Audio is consistent, but video stutters and not smooth. Ive tried VLC, Totem and YouTube(Flash) all with the same results.

So not recommended for a small media center yet.


Chris said...

Plays videos fine using xine and mplayer at my end, and thats using either the "i810" or "intel" driver for Xorg. If its stuttering, you've not set it up properly.

Shiv said...

I faced that problem with the audio stuttering during video/audio playback. I resolved it by removing pulseaudio and installing esound.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful, thank you! I was having this trouble with Flock 1.2.5 in Mandriva 2008.0.