Re: Powerbook mouse freeze

Subject: Re: Powerbook mouse freeze
From: Harold Bolton (
Date: Thu Sep 02 1999 - 08:49:36 MDT


Here is the response that I got when I was having trouble with mouse freeze with
my PB. After simply learning that it was tapping the track pad that was giving
me my freezes, I've learned to exploit the use of it, and now prefer the 'tap'
to using the actual mouse button.


X-Unix-From: Fri Aug 27 14:28:18 1999
X-BadHeader: Fri Aug 27 14:28:18 1999
Mailing-List: contact; run by
X-No-Archive: yes
Delivered-To: mailing list
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 1999 15:28:48 -0600
From: "Ben Beachy" <>
Mime-version: 1.0
X-Priority: 3
Content-transfer-encoding: 7bit
Subject: Re: gnome freezes

How sure are you the problem's not with the mouse pad (which I assume is a
trackpad)? I thought I had a similar problem and it turned out to be related
to the trackpad's default setting in YDL 1.1 -- a setting that causes it to
react to trackpad taps as if they're mouse clicks. Of coursetrackpads are
insanley sensitive and you can lock up YDL waiting for a mouseup even that
never comes.

Fortunately the solution is simple:

Get a program called trackpad from

compile it with: egcs -o trackpad trackpad.c
chown root.root trackpad and move it to /usr/bin

Then in your /etc/rc.d/rc.local add a line like:

/usr/bin/trackpad notap

(shamelessly stolen from previous mail list messages : )

Hope that fixes the problem for ya'



> Mailing-List: contact; run by
> X-No-Archive: yes
> Delivered-To: mailing list
> Mime-Version: 1.0
> X-Sender:
> Date: Thu, 2 Sep 1999 07:14:34 -0700
> To:
> From: "Daniel P. Hembree" <>
> Subject: Powerbook mouse freeze
> I've looked all over and can't find the post for this
> problem. Someone posted a URL for a trackpad fix. Would you mind
> reposting it?

Harold Bolton
Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory
U.S. Geological Survey
Building 10002, Kirtland AFB-East
Albuquerque, NM 87115-5000

Phone: (505) 846-5646 (x3032 to use voice mail)
FAX: (505) 846-6973
Web page:

This archive was generated by hypermail 2a24 : Sun Sep 05 1999 - 13:46:33 MDT