openSuse 11.1 to 11.2 upgrade - synclient & touchpad

After a fairly painful upgrade of openSuse 11.1 to 11.2, I got most everything working again except for a couple of things on my Compaq CPQ-214DX laptop, Intel Dual Core with a Synaptics touchpad. Running synclient has no effect on the touchpad anymore. From a terminal window (KDE), I used to run - synclient FingerHigh=100 - which effectively disabled the touchpad. Synclient doesn’t error and synclient -l shows FingerHigh=100. I also tried TouchPadOff=1, same results. Touchpad still functions. I can edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and add the line - Option “FingerHigh” “100” - to the synaptics section and that disables (after reboot) it. Apparently 11.2 doesn’t use synclient anymore? Thanks for any ideas.

First, xorg.conf is obsolete in 11.2. Try what happens if you rename it, then restart X.

Thanks, that did it, so much for my Google skills. Synclient works perfectly again. It’s kind of odd that the file xorg.conf has an effect on the system when it is obsolete.

It works like this:

As long as xorg.conf is not there, it’s OK, if it exists it overrides autodetected settings. So, there must be some corruption in the xorg.conf.
But, great you’ve got it working now.

I am working OK now but earlier this morning synclient wouldn’t work again. I found that /etc/X11/xorg.conf came back somehow. Deleted to fix, I’ll let you know if I find out what is writing that wretched file.