palacs
1 Copper

Make my touchpad more responsive

Dear Dell Support Forum,

I'm very disappointed with Dell TouchPad behavior on Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, on my Dell Latitude E6430 and I'm sure all this is caused by the Windows touchpad driver, because on Linux it feels like I have a completely different touchpad.

The most annoying part is scrolling which now I would like to fix with your help. On Linux scrolling works just as it should, I put two of my fingers on the touchpad surface, pull them downwards and the scrolling takes place immediately.

On Windows 7 there is a 200-300 millisecond (or even half a second) delay, then a black scrolling cursor shows up and then it starts scrolling. Two things I don't need. The delay and the cursors. They give me an unprofessional and annoying experience.

On Linux my Alps Touchpad is handled by the open-source Synaptics driver for Xorg (xserver-xorg-input-synaptics package on Debian Jessie). This driver has support for Alps touchpads even they're not manufactured by Synaptics. So it's not really the hardware itself what counts, it's the driver.

Personally I dislike the configuration interface of Dell Touchpad. It's marketingish, too fancy and gives very few configuration options, not to mention fine tuning. As far as I have seen, the Alps driver that comes along with driver package called 'Dell Touchpad' will add a lot of registry fields and values.

These registry options might make it available for me to fine tune the settings for the Alps driver.

I would like to ask for a documentation / manual about the registry options under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Alps.

Best,
Pal Tamas Acs