[PATCH] Intrepid: Mouse pointer frozen by default on bcm5974-based macbooks (#263451)

Henrik Rydberg rydberg at euromail.se
Sat Sep 6 08:18:25 UTC 2008

Matthew Garrett wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 01, 2008 at 05:47:41PM +0200, Henrik Rydberg wrote:
>> Starting up the CD on a Macbook Air or Macbook Pro Penryn, both of
>> which use the bcm5974 trackpad driver, the mouse pointer is initially
>> frozen. The reason is that the bcm5974 driver only mimics a synaptics
>> touchpad, not a mouse. After configuring the synaptics driver
>> everything is fine, but the default behavior is simply not going to
>> work well for first time users.  This patch upgrades Intrepid to
>> bcm5974-0.6, which by default operates as a regular mouse.
> This sounds wrong. The live CD is supposed to load the synaptics driver 
> by default, so this sounds like a bug in the hal fdi file that tells the 
> system to use this driver with this hardware.

This sounds right! A solution seems to have surfaced in debian
a couple of weeks ago:


The hal policy only needs to be extended with an fdi identifier for
the apple trackpads.


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