switch off auto-selection of text (or what ever it is called ..)

Peter Flynn peter at silmaril.ie
Wed Dec 27 00:26:56 UTC 2017

On 26/12/17 13:57, robert wrote:
> On 26.12.2017 14:31, Peter Flynn wrote:
>> I have the identical problem...on my XPS 15, and AFAICS its the 
>> touchpad hardware settings.
> oh, good so we can start to console each other :)

Maybe a mutual moaning forum about the deficiencies of an otherwise 
excellent machine :-)

>> The XPS 15 touchpad is GROSSLY oversensitive, 
> yes, it is very sensitive

It's also much bigger than on my previous machine, so I keep brushing it 
with one hand while clicking or moving with the other. Just a matter of 

On 26/12/17 22:14, Owen Thomas wrote:
> I have a Dell Latitude E5570, and I know well the frustrations of
> the Dell touchpad. I had an HP once running Windows 8 (I think?), and
> I found the feature where the touchpad could be disabled while one
> is typing to be very useful. So far, I have not been able to find or
> enable the same functionality in Dell that can be used in Ubuntu.

I have seen that, either in the BIOS settings (hunt) or in the system 
settings, possibly while I was testing other distros (Bodhi would be a 
good start). I though of turning it on but (a) I had never used it 
before, so I didn't know how it would work (ie how would it detect 
starting to type continuously from just pressing a couple of keys in 
answer to a prompt?) and (b) at the time I didn't want to go changing 
something extra while I was still trying to get a full install to work.

> However, it seems that I may have provided a clue as to Robert's
> (and indeed my) problem. Perhaps something will come of this...
> perhaps someone from Dell is listening.
I don't think Dell are either listening or interested. Big corporations 
tend to lose interest once you have bought their kit.


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