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Anyone try this in Linux?

  • jboto Sunday, November 23, 2008 7:53 PM Reply
    Just curious if anyone has used this in Linux. I might try it out anyway just because of the cost.
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  • ScottJ Sunday, March 28, 2010 3:51 PM Reply
    yes, I was able to use a test program to capture hiddev0 and echo many bytes. Google for examples. The problem is that the usb-core gives error status results. So, technically the pad works, but Linux support seems buggy right now. I still think it's worth it for the cost, just to experiment.

    Some people report success adding to X11 event input and use the device as a mouse, but I have not had this success yet.

    dmesg | tail:

    usb 1-2: new low speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 7
    usb 1-2: New USB device found, idVendor=04b4, idProduct=fef3
    usb 1-2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
    usb 1-2: Product: PenPower Touchpad
    usb 1-2: Manufacturer: PenPower Touchpad
    usb 1-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
    generic-usb 0003:04B4:FEF3.0008: hiddev96,hidraw0: USB HID v1.10 Device [PenPower Touchpad PenPower Touchpad] on usb-0000:00:1d.0-2/input0

    I created a udev rule for this device also:

    SYSFS{idVendor}=="04b4", SYSFS{idProduct}=="fef3", MODE="664", GROUP="users"

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