Opensuse 11.1 disable touchpad whilst typing


Been a opensuse user for a while now. Before 11.1 I could use this guide to disable the touchpad whilst typing
HowTo: Disable Synaptics Touchpad While Typing - Ubuntu Forums

However it now no longer works

My xorg.conf file already had this in

Section “InputDevice”
Driver “synaptics”
Identifier “Mouse[1]”
Option “Buttons” “5”
Option “Device” “/dev/input/mice”
Option “Emulate3Buttons” “on”
Option “HorizScrollDelta” “0”
Option “InputFashion” “Mouse”
Option “Name” “Synaptics;Touchpad”
Option “Protocol” “explorerps/2”
Option “SHMConfig” “on”
Option “Vendor” “Sysp”
Option “ZAxisMapping” “4 5”

and launching syndaemon -i 1 -d has no effect.

Any ideas please?



Have you managed to solve this problem?
I have the same trouble,
synclient always says that it
“Can’t access shared memory area. SHMConfig disabled?”,
In xorg.conf
SHMconfig is set to “on”,

I also added
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
to /etc/fstab, but nothing helps:(

there’s already a solution: touchfreeze, just install from Packman repo, start a first time, and you’re done. Using it right now on my laptop, wearing a wide sleeved sweater…

Thank you very much!

I’ve finally managed to run the synclient/syndaemon.
Touchfreeze as I understood is just a QT frontend for theese programs.

The solution was Yast > Hardware > Mouse > check “Enable this pointer” for the ALPS touchpad tab. Some time ago I played with theese settings and unchecked it.

But I still don`t understand why the touchpad did work with this checkbox unchecked! Us it a bug or it should be so?

Touchfreeze seems exactly what need and I have it but often I want to freeze the touchpad when I don’t have another mouse plugged in, and then it is a process of moving the mouse with arrow keys to un-freeze it again. Not quick.

I feel I may be missing something simple here but I can’t find it. Any chance a keyboard shortcut that freezes/unfreezes the touchpad? Or better idea?


 synclient TouchpadOff=1 

works for me. If you know how you can write a toggle script an assign it to a shortcut. Good luck!

Thanks for response.

I’m a newbie. Looks like a line for the terminal to me, I could do that but what will it do? Works with touchfreeze or seperate utility? How will I use it?

Your patience appreciated.

Yes, it’s comandline and works with Synaptics devices. In a shell “synclient TouchpadOff=1” will disable your touchpad and “synclient TouchpadOff=0” will enable it again. I don’t know Touchfreeze.

touchfreeze gives you an icon in the systemtray from where you can configure some behaviour.
On Factory touchfreeze segfaults.

thanks appreciated