This HOWTO page is going to instruct you to change files that help your computer to run in a functional manner. Modifying these files is dangerous to say the least and will require use of "sudo." With that being said, if you are careful to follow the instructions you should end up with no problems.

Use at your own risk

Touchpad does not work correctly under Edgy Eft(6.10)

Open a Terminal. Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal

Backup xorg.conf first

sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.orig

Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

gksudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

and put this info in

Section "InputDevice"
 Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad"
 Driver "synaptics"
 Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
 Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
 Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
 Option "HorizScrollDelta" "0"

and insert the following line into the "ServerLayout" section

InputDevice "Synaptics Touchpad"

Now save the file

and then in terminal run:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Example of xorg.conf file

Display does not use correct resolution

Dapper Drake(6.01-1) refer to this page i915Driver

Edgy Eft(6.10) from terminal run:

sudo apt-get install 915resolution

Then restart X

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Wireless does not work under Edgy Eft(6.10)

You are missing the drivers for it and you have to install the Linux Restricted Modules. From console type:

sudo apt-get install linux-restricted-modules-$(uname -r)

Now Reboot

5 in 1 card reader does not work under Edgy Eft(6.10)

refer to bug #63386

Below has been tested under Edgy 6.10

NOTE: I have tested the drivers with a Canon 16MB SD card and SanDisk 512MB SD card and have been able to read both cards with no problem, and both the cards auto mounted.

Open a Terminal. Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal

Loading the drivers from terminal type:

sudo modprobe tifm_sd

Now to insert a SD media card and it should auto mount.

If all went well you can now edit the the /etc/modules file so you can load the drivers for the card reader on boot up

From terminal type:

sudo gedit /etc/modules

Add the drivers to the modules file


save the file

No sound under Dapper(6.06.1) with HDA-Intel Realtek ALC883

WARNING you will need experience with compiling, for this fix

1. download the alsa.patch from Here

2. download and unpacked alsa-driver 1.0.12rc3 from

3. patch the the alsa driver source

patch -p1 < /path/to/acer.patch

and if get prompted for the file to patch, enter this


4. Compile the driver:

cd /path/to/alsa-driver-1.0.12rc3

./configure --with-cards=hda-intel


sudo make install

5. Add to /etc/modules:

snd-hda-intel model=ACER

6. Add to /etc/modprobe.d/snd-hda-intel.modprobe

options snd-hda-intel model=ACER

7. Add to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base

options snd-hda-intel model=ACER

8. Reboot

Notes: Thanks to lodp for this HOWTO

It seems like the sound fix is coming to a Dapper kernel update near you (if not arrived already).;a=commit;h=dc02624f941c0b279d3f58f263aede1d777323a3

Synaptics Touchpad does not disable while typing

Part 1

Open a Terminal. Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal

Backup xorg.conf first

sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.orig

Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

gksudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Search for a section that looks like this:

Section "InputDevice"
   Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad"
End Section

Add a line above the End Section line and put this into it:

        Option          "SHMConfig"             "on"

Now save the file

Now to restart X

Ctrl + Alt + Backspace

Example of xorg.conf file

Part 2

Open the sessions manager: System -> Preferences -> Sessions

Click the far right tab labeled Startup Programs

Click the Add button

Type in the following:

syndaemon -i 1 -d

Hit ok then hit close

Now restart X

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Logitech Orbicam (046d:0896)

The (spca5xx) module has been tried, but result in the same effect: the module loads cleanly without making any device nodes. The OrbiCam works with the newest gspca drivers. Check out

For HowTo to get the cam running visit


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