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Registered: ‎09-21-2008
Location: Austria
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SL300 Trackpoint & Touchpad unusable

Hi,

 

Finally I got my SL300 extremely fast and I'm very happy with it except for the Pointing devices. Both the Trackpoint and the touchpad are practically unusable because of their significant lag time. The Trackpoint reacts quickly but while moving it hops around jerking. It's like it will stick some times and then it hops and moves on. Otherwise the touchpad reacts much smoother but with a significant delay. If you move the finger left-right-left, I guess there's a delay of 500ms until the pointer arrives.

I did notice this behaviour in Vista and XP (both original Recovery left-unchanged OS). I've noticed that this behaviour does not when you're in the Recovery menu while booting from the Recovery CD until the OS gets installed.

 

Hope Lenovo/Alps will fix the drivers.

Why didn't you choose the Synaptics pointing devices like in the SL400/SL500? 

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Re: SL300 Trackpoint & Touchpad unusable

What is the trick to overcome SL300 problems? Please show me your strategies that you had to take to overcome minor bugs encountered for the SL300. Thanks
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Location: Denver, CO
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Re: SL300 Trackpoint & Touchpad unusable

Playing with my new SL300 tonight, I found the Touchpad to be borderline unusable, but the Trackpoint to work fine.
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Re: SL300 Trackpoint & Touchpad unusable

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tket wrote:
What is the trick to overcome SL300 problems? Please show me your strategies that you had to take to overcome minor bugs encountered for the SL300. Thanks

 

When you say "unusable", what do you mean?  What kind of problem is occurring?

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Registered: ‎09-27-2008
Location: US-California
Message 5 of 15 (12,131 Views)

Re: SL300 Trackpoint & Touchpad unusable

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I had the same problem. I have simply uninstalled the custom drivers and now it works fine with the default windows drivers.

 

Arne

 

Message Edited by Arne on 10-03-2008 09:19 AM
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Registered: ‎10-07-2008
Location: Idaho
Message 6 of 15 (12,055 Views)

Re: SL300 Trackpoint & Touchpad unusable

OMG!!!  I am currently returning two new Dell computers because their touchpads do not work well.  I have worked with techs for three months trying to resolve the problem to no avail.  I am going with Lenova so I can get XP back and felt any other computer would have a better touchpad than Dell, but if their touchpads do not work well either they will also be going back!!!

Have they improved since your message?

Token Ring
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Registered: ‎10-01-2008
Location: Denver, CO
Message 7 of 15 (12,042 Views)

Re: SL300 Trackpoint & Touchpad unusable

Is this an SL-300 only issue?  I have an SL-400 and both work pretty well.  I have had a lot of uncommanded single clicks, but I'm pretty sure that's my fat thumbs wandering down near the trackpad.  Which is why I disabled it.

 

I'm running a triple boot Vista home, ubuntu 8.04 and ubuntu 8.10.  All seem to work reasonably well for me.  8.04 is my primary environment, and there the touchpad is usually turned off, but it's so easy to turn it on or off that I can enable it for paint programs and such then turn it back off, keeping it out of the way when I'm trying to touch type and the thing keeps wantind to highlight text if my thumbs wander.

 

If this is an SL300 only issue, the question becomes, what's so different between it and the SL-400?

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Location: Austria
Message 8 of 15 (12,023 Views)

Re: SL300 Trackpoint & Touchpad unusable

SL300 has an ALPS trackpoint/touchpad, whereas SL400 and SL500 have Synaptics...
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Re: SL300 Trackpoint & Touchpad unusable

And that is good...to have synaptics touch pad?  Dell has Alps and that is not good I know.
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Message 10 of 15 (11,962 Views)

Re: SL300 Trackpoint & Touchpad unusable

The opinion here is that the synaptics are much better.  Having used a few Dells, and having owned a T42 and SL400 I would agree.  The Dell touchpads are kinda sketchy / jumpy to me.
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