HP Driver Unlocks Multi-Touch On Older Touchpad

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News Posted: Fri, Mar 19 2010 7:44 PM
If you haven't updated the driver for your laptop's touchpad lately, you may want to think about doing so, particularly if your laptop has a Synaptics touchpad. As a user on Hardware Zone forums discovered, there's a new driver from Synaptics that enables multitouch gestures as well as two-finger scrolling and three-finger click. What's really cool is that this driver enables this functionality for older laptops that didn't previously support these functions.

Although it was thought that older touchpads were not capable of multi-touch, this driver update appears to prove otherwise. Another pleasant surprise is the unlocking of two- and three-finger gestures since even modded drivers were not able to achieve this.

The drivers actually come from HP, but they will likely work on other laptops with Synaptics touchpads as well. There are drivers available for Windows XP, Vista, and 7.


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Super Dave replied on Sat, Mar 20 2010 12:56 AM

Kawabunga! This driver works on my old Compaq R4000 laptop (circa 2005)! I dug-up the original article HERE.

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Hey my Acer has a Synaptics touchpad. Where do I find these drivers?

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The drivers are in the original article that ArcticCheetah posted. Click on the link in my post!

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RyuGTX replied on Sat, Mar 20 2010 3:42 AM

Wow, so the technology was there, just not the programming.

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Inspector replied on Sat, Mar 20 2010 11:19 AM

So going to update and try this out when I get home! Thanks for leting us know

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Mar 20 2010 7:49 PM

And I wonder how Apple feels about this... since they own the patent on multi-touch operations and "totally have not been suing people over patents" lately.

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mhenriday replied on Sun, Mar 21 2010 6:13 AM

Thanks to Jennifer for the article and in particular to Super Dave for the link ! While I'm a mouse man myself (anyone familiar with the Scandinavian languages will understand why) and rarely boot to a Windows OS in the first place, this is cool ! Works like a charm on my HP Pavilion dv9000 with an AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile TL-64 2200 MHz CPU when booted to 32-bit Vista Business ; have to try it on an old XP laptop that I have lying around....

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It always amazes me when we discover new ways to upgrade old tech. Much like the ability to network outdated computers together to use as a render farm in 3D software.

Now if society could put all those hackers to good use by generating mod scripts such as this to transform old hardware to perform like their new counterparts?

My tablet has a Synaptics touchpad, it will be interesting to see how this update works on it.

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mhenriday replied on Sun, Mar 21 2010 10:44 AM

That «old XP laptop» is a Dell Inspiron 1300 with a Synaptics touchpad ; the driver update to 15.0.9.0 provided the latter with multi-touch functions, just as it did on the HP....

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digitaldd replied on Sun, Mar 21 2010 2:40 PM

So cool it works on my 4+ year old Compaq nc4000. Geeked

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Works on my aspire one. Big Smile Pinch and zoom FTW!

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realneil replied on Sun, Mar 21 2010 8:40 PM

Worked for me too on my HP lappy. Thanks for the heads up!

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Been messing with this since I posted last. It is really nice. The 3 finger scroll thing is AWESOME. I really am ecstatic about this. I even sent this link to my TF2 clans site, because I know a lot of them game on laptops. THIS IS AWESOME! So pumped about this.

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