31 October 2009

Of Trackpads and Other Quirks Part II : ApplePS2 or VoodooPS2?

So basically we've got 2 options so far to enable Trackpad on the Mini:
1. ApplePS2 (Download)
ApplePS2Controller.kext and AppleACPIPS2Nub.kext can be loaded in /Extra/Extensions.
Synaptics Trackpad.prefPane needs to be installed (double click prefPane; it will get installed in System Preferences under "Other")
com.meklort.ps2.helper.plist needs to be placed in
/Library/LaunchAgents to save your Trackpad settings after reboot.
This is how your System Preferences would look like:

and if you click on the Trackpad prefPane under "Other" category:

2. VoodooPS2 (Download)
VoodooPS2Controller.kext and VoodooPS2Trackpad.kext can be loaded from /Extra/Extensions. (After installing kexts and restart, there should now be a Trackpad prefPane icon beside Mouse under Hardware in System Preferences).
VoodooPS2.prefPane to be installed (double click to install in System Preferences under "Other").

This is how your System Preferences would look like:

Notice the VoodooPS2 pefPane under Other
If you click on the VoodooPS2 prefPane in "Other":

The Trackpad prefPane, which can now be found under "Hardware" category, contains almost the same settings, but with a few differences:
Personally, I prefer ApplePS2 since it's less quirky than VoodooPS2; when I enable dragging option in VoodooPS2, if I tap clic once or left clic on my Dock items, it brings up a context menu instead of launching the app directly, it's like I did a ctrl-clic or right clic when I obviously did not. But then it's up to you; whichever your preference is (pun intended) ;)


Anonymous said...

Thanks! My Elantech touchpad on Acer Aspire now works fine with first kext!

LeMaurien19 said...

So for the record, that's ApplePS2 kexts? :D