HP Touchpad tapping not persistent ...

I have a HP Pavilion ze4420us laptop with a Synaptic touch pad that will not use “tapping” feature when I boot the laptop. If I go to the menu and bring up the touch pad utility I can enable the “tapping” feature. BUT, it is not persistent. It has to be redone every time I boot. Which is real a pain in the backside.

Everything else works with left/right buttons, the scroll bar/thing on the right side and the pad itself. Just no “tapping”

Questions:

  1. Is this a bug? If so who “owns” it? openSUSE, HP, Synaptic or ?
  2. Can I make a change it the correct .conf file to make it persistent? If so where?
  3. Or is this a “feature” that I just have to put up with? (I hope not!)

Thansk,

George

  1. Gnome, KDE, or…?
  2. Which openSUSE version?

Specific advice might come from knowing the DE and OS version , but for now you might want to check out the configuration in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-synaptics.conf

Mine for reference (I don’t have tapping enabled)

Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "touchpad catchall"
        Driver  "synaptics"
        MatchIsTouchpad "on"
        MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
        Option  "HorizScrollDelta"      "0"
EndSection

You could try to explicitly enable tapping by editing (with root privileges) by adjusting like this

Section "InputClass"
Identifier "touchpad catchall"
Driver "synaptics"
MatchIsTouchpad "on"
MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
Option "TouchpadOff" "0"
Option "HorizScrollDelta" "0"
Option "TapButton1" "1"
EndSection

Once the changes are made, restart the X-server with CTRL-ALT-Backspace (twice). See if that helps.