MSI appears to have changed suppliers for the touchpad in the MSI Wind notebook. Blogeee reports that newer Wind laptops are using hardware and software from Sentelic instead of Synaptics.The change presents a few problems for end users:

  1. Synaptics touchpads are far more widely used, which means there’s much better support for them in the Linux community. There’s a better chance that a touchpad will work with your favorite Linux distro if it’s a Synaptics product.
  2. The Sentelic software doesn’t seem to be updated very regularly.
  3. The new touchpad doesn’t seem to support vertical page-scrolling by moving your finger over the right side of the touchpad.

Of course, you can always just plug in a mouse, but part of the appeal of an ulrtaportable laptop like the Wind is that it takes up little space in your bag. Once you start packing accessories like mice and power cords, your laptop becomes just a little less portable.

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5 replies on “MSI Wind gets new touchpad supplier, loses functionality”

  1. to disable “tap to click” install the standard microsoft ps2 mouse driver

  2. You missed the biggest problem: TAP TO CLICK is permanently enabled, even with Sentelic’s own driver, thanks to its firmware. Not sure how anyone else’s driver will resolve the problem either since the touchpad hardware masquerades as a PS2 Mouse instead of a touchpad.

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