[arch-general] Keyboard AND/OR Mouse issue (OR Xorg)

Nicolás Adamo nicoadamo at gmail.com
Sat Feb 12 22:34:39 EST 2011

Hi all! I'm glad to use Arch; and it's my first post in here.

I've an Asus Eee PC 1201HA which doesn't appear in the ArchWiki; but 
reading a mix of another Eee's I could make it work fairly good; 
although there's one issue left.
To begin with, it's "special" features which need extra packages are:

-Intel GMA500 graphics with POULSBO driver. (Say no more... someday 
there will be AMD netbooks easily available in Argentina)
-Synaptics Keypad (xf86-input-synaptics)
-Can't remember the brand of the HD, bur it needs to set APM in zero so 
it stops parking randomly.
-Some APM package so the netbook manages power more efficiently and some 
other package to recognize function keys. "Fn" key PLUS other things 
work ok.

The issue is that whenever I'm writting, regardless of what application 
I'm working in, there's some sort of random "paste" of some signal text. 
Examples are: "MouseNavigationClick"; "GoogleSearch" if there's an open 
firefox, etc. I have no certain evidence, but I suspect it's when some 
of my fingers touch the mousepad.
Example of what I see:
$ pacman -S k3...
and suddenly it comes out: $ pacman -S k3SignalSlotMouseb

Understandable right?

I suspect it's something to do with Xorg.conf, although the problem was 
there even when that file didn't exist.
The actual xorg.conf is the one on the wiki for poulsbo; it doesn't have 
any mention to Mouse or keyboard.

If anyone had a similar problem, any suggestion would be welcome.
Thanks in advance,


PD: From ArchWiki:

Build and Install from AUR (xorg 1.9)

Build and install the following packages in this exact order

1)psb-firmware  <http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=31993>
2)psb-kmod  <http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=31992>
3)libdrm-poulsbo  <http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=31991>
4)xpsb-glx  <http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=31994>
5)xorg-x11-drv-psb  <http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=31995>.

        Configure xorg.conf

To tell Xorg to use this driver, change the Driver line in 
|/etc/X11/xorg.conf| to read as:

Driver "psb"

You can also try adding a couple options to try improving acceleration 
or stability:


Option "ShadowFB" "true"

and possibly:

Option      "MigrationHeuristic" "greedy"

Cross fingers and restart X.

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