Fedora 6: Firefox Browser Clicking Back

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at verizon.net
Tue Mar 27 12:15:33 UTC 2007

On Tuesday 27 March 2007, Keith G. Robertson-Turner wrote:
>Verily I say unto thee, that rookie99 spake thusly:
>> I installed Fedora Core 6. It connects fine, but when I launch Firefox
>> and begin to surf, the browser keeps clicking back to the page it
>> started from, one page at a time, for no apparent reason.
>> Is there a fix for this?
>It's magic.
>No, actually it's the Synaptics Touchpad driver bindings.
>Try this:
>Open Firefox.
>Go to a new URL (so you have something in the history).
>Now look at the touchpad.
>Place your finger at the very bottom right.
>Look at the Firefox window.
>In a quick jerk, move your finger from right to left on the touchpad
>(keep to the bottom 1cm of the touchhpad)
>Voila! Magic.
>The trick is, keep your finger away from the bottom 1cm of the pad,
>unless you want to go back to the previous page.
>Also, up and down on the extreme right 1cm of the pad, will give you an
>up and down scroll.
>After a while, you get used to it. You don't need much force, it's very
>sensitive, so you can be quite subtle with it.
>If you don't like that behaviour, checkout the man page:
>man synaptics
>Basically you need to add/change the options for 'Section "InputDevice"
>Identifier  "Synaptics"' in xorg.conf.
There is also a synaptics control utility, which allows you to turn it 
completely off and use one of those small, usb dongle based mice.  Get 
one that has a pocket to store the dongle in the bottom of the mouse 
because this also turns the mouse off when the dongle is stored there.  
This is the best of all worlds because it totally disable that &^#*)*^&% 
spastic touchpad, which can go off while you are typing with your thumbs 
never coming within an inch of it, switching screens and launching other 
apps or typing strange commands into a shell on screen 3 when you were 
answering an email on screen 8.  Or it can just as easily send your 
cursor half a screen offscreen and overwrite what you had already 
written, or erase portions of the previous text as it goes into overwrite 
mode instead of insert.

A %&&$#% synaptics touchpad has to be a tool of the devil, it sure as hell 
has cost me what little religion I might have had.  I've been typing 
along, had it bounce to the top of the screen or beyond, highlighting 
text as it went, and of course with the next keystroke, all the 
highlighted text was gone forever.

>| "Future archaeologists will be able to identify a 'Vista Upgrade
>| Layer' when they go through our landfill sites" - Sian Berry, the
>| Green Party.
>Fedora Core release 5 (Bordeaux) on sky, running kernel
> 2.6.20-1.2300.fc5 09:48:31 up 7 days,  8:02,  3 users,  load average:
> 0.10, 0.14, 0.21

Cheers, Gene
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