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Alternate UltraNav Drivers?

2008-07-29, 18:16 PM

The UltraNav driver that ships with the X300 - latest version included - does not generate mouse wheel messages in a manner that is universally recognized.  This is true for trackpoint with middle button pressed and for touchpad edge scrolling.  Most applications are working OK on my X300, but a couple of key applications don't work, yet they do work well with standard usb mouse, usb touchpad, and when run on other laptops using Alps touchpads with Synaptics drivers.

Does anyone know of a good alternative to the lenovo-supplied UltraNav touchpad/trackpoint driver?  I have tried every combination and permutation of settings for the UltraNav driver without success.

Thanks for your help,

Faz

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Re: Alternate UltraNav Drivers?

2008-07-29, 19:58 PM
the ultranav drivers are from synaptics.   perhaps you could find something on their site.

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Re: Alternate UltraNav Drivers?

2008-07-31, 22:48 PM

Thanks, Erik.

I looked around the Synaptics site earlier, and tried their generic touchpad driver.  This driver comes with warnings that certain manufacturer options may not work, and, per the warning, the generic driver left me with a PS-2 mouse interface in the control panel, and scrolling on the touchpad edge did not seem to work at all.  I was hoping someone would know about a driver that worked well with the X300, since I am not excited about continuing to experiment with drivers.  Maybe I will go ahead and try the Sony version of the Synaptics drivers, if I don't hear any better ideas.

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Re: Alternate UltraNav Drivers?

2008-08-01, 15:04 PM

the only driver that will work with all of the ultranav features is lenovo's own driver.   i doubt the sony driver would work any better.

 

sorry, i wish i had a better suggestion for you.

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Re: Alternate UltraNav Drivers?

2008-08-01, 17:01 PM

Erik,

If I find a driver that works better before Lenovo makes something that works better, I will let you know.  The Lenovo driver does everything I need except that scrolling on the trackpoint and the touchpad does not work on some older vb 6.0 com add-ins.  I can live with this.  It's the last start up problem on my list.  The important stuff is all worked out, and this X300 is the best laptop I have ever owned - and I have owned quite a few.

Faz

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Re: Alternate UltraNav Drivers?

2008-08-04, 7:17 AM

Erik,

Seems that my X300 has an Alps driver and Alps touchpad.  The driver is called Apoint.  In the registry, however, I also see Synaptics, perhaps because I have installed a Synaptics driver along the way.  When the Synaptics driver was installed, it showed the hardware as Synaptics; it had a lot more functionality in the control panel, but all but the very basic things were grayed out.   After installing the UltraNav driver from Lenovo, it shows the hardware as Alps, and things work better, although it does not scroll in some applications - the most important one being remote desktop.  Since the driver does not work with remote desktop, I get no scrolling if I am tunneling into work.  No one seems to have any help on this.  I have seen some other threads with complaints about various aspects of the Alps device and driver, but no one seems to have any solutions.

Do you know what is controlled by the "Scroll_HV" DWORD in the HKLM/Software/Alps section of the Registry?

Faz

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