Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 115572
Synaptics Touchpad-equipped Compaq N600c cannot install
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:36 EST
Installation on Compaq EVO N600c with Synaptics Touchpad fails: after
starting anaconda the cursor is frozen in it's position.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start installer. Pass by the media check test.
2. Anaconda starts. Anaconda can only be manouvered using the keyboard.
Workaround: start the installer. When the kernel has booted, but
before anaconda starts, insert a PS/2 mouse into the laptop. If
inserted at the right moment in time, X will seemingly detect it and
use it properly. The touchpad never works, though.
You cannot start the installer with the PS/2 mouse connected to the
machine: even the keyboard will be disabled if you do this, and you
cannot even pass the media check screen.
Perhaps the Synaptics touchpad patch needs to be applied to X:
The XF86config needs alteration (loads separate module) if used with
this patch, so anaconda need to detect it's presence first. I don't
know if this patch will appear in XFree86 4.4.0.
This might be partly an X bug.
See also bug 99351 and bug 116091
With the newer kernels (like 2.6.3-1) the situation is even worse: the
kernel won't find the mouse even if it is plugged in at a later time.
Last kernel that works on this machine is 2.6.2-1.79.
Keyboard probing got some more rewrites, is this still a problem in
The anaconda installer runs fine nowadays atleast, will test the
kernel install too and see if it works as fine.
OK verified that test3 has it working all the way. There is still bug
116091, but this issue may be closed now.
This bug should be closed, but it's still open. Linus, you should
close it yourself if possible (I would suggest resolving the bug as
Oh my God, sorry for leaving it in limbo for so long...