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    Xenarc 705TSV Touchscreen - Totally Dead in Ubuntu 9.0.4

    Alrighty everyone, so here's where I'm at:

    I have my carPC installed, up and running, currently working with a PS2 mouse and keyboard on my passenger seat (lol).

    My touchscreen is totally dead. It's a Xenarc 705TSV. It turns on, I can adjust the resolution and make it look normal with the mouse, and I can use it fine, but when I touch it I get no response at all. It just does NOTHING. I have searched Google endlessly and read tutorial after tutorial about how to get these screens calibrated properly but I can't even get to the point of being able to calibrate it.

    I am sure this has something to do with the driver, but I am pretty new to Linux and don't know a whole lot about how the system works yet. I am getting there, but I need some help!

    So I found instructions to download and try the eGalax driver which I did. (BTW, the screen is plugged in via USB and if I do a lsusb it shows up there, so I'm pretty sure its recognizing the hardware). Anyway, I extracted the .tar.gz, ran sudo sh setup.sh, it asked me if I wanted to blacklist the usbtouchscreen module which I did successfully, then it asked me to reboot and run sudo TouchKit, which I did. When I run sudo TouchKit I just get an error that says "No Touch Controller Found" and all I can do is click OK, which pops up a window about the driver and which OSes it supports, etc etc. Click ok to that and still nothing.

    The touch portion of the screen still does nothing.

    I am currently on my laptop and have about 50 tabs open so I can use them when I go out to my car where there is no internet access, but I figured I'd post this here and hope for some replies by the time my battery dies on my laptop and I have to come back inside to charge it...lol

    I also have a nice thick book on Unix using Linux which has some helpful information in it for when I have no internet access; it will become my Google.

    On a side note, the screen looks great and the computer itself is fast, quiet, and efficient. I sat in the car for 5+ hours yesterday messing with it and it never killed my battery even with two amps powerd up as well!

    Thanks for ANY help you can all give me!


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    BTW, resources I have available are as follows:

    - Laptop w/ CDROM
    - Driver CD that came with the Xenarc (claims to have drivers for Debian)
    - 8GB USB Flash Drive
    - VirtualBox for installing/running different OSes on the laptop so I can test things. I currently have Fedora installed as a VM
    - Strong knowledge of computers in general (I'm a network administrator by day )
    - Time and determination (lol)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePistonDoctor View Post
    BTW, resources I have available are as follows:

    - Laptop w/ CDROM
    - Driver CD that came with the Xenarc (claims to have drivers for Debian)
    - 8GB USB Flash Drive
    - VirtualBox for installing/running different OSes on the laptop so I can test things. I currently have Fedora installed as a VM
    - Strong knowledge of computers in general (I'm a network administrator by day )
    - Time and determination (lol)
    as far as ive read, touchscreen drivers are broken on
    9.04. i am using netbook remix. my biggest problem is xserver takes a dive when i run the update. at this point im not sure 9.04 is ready to use.

    ive been hoping moblin will come along quicker and hopefully kev will make nghost work on it. id be happy

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    And of course, 10 minutes after I posted this, I found THIS SITE: http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=69919

    I think the issue is that the installer in the TouchKit archive I had installed the driver for xorg version 1.4x, but I am using 1.6 in Jaunty (9.04). I downloaded the driver from the site in that thread, copied it into /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input to replace the other one and rebooted and VOILA!

    Then when I typed sudo TouchKit I got the config utility, ran the 25pt calibration and draw test and it's working perfectly. I am running a TINY resolution too and I can click on the Xs in the corners of boxes with no problem. I'd say the accuracy is good to +/- 2px. Good thing I have a stylus! Now all I need to do is figure out how to right click...lol

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    TouchKit has drivers for 1.6 now? Right on!!!

    cheers,
    -Kev

    PS I hope they support 1.7 soon, cuz that get's XInput2, and multi-pointer support. And will also support 9.10, which should be even faster...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kev000 View Post
    TouchKit has drivers for 1.6 now? Right on!!!

    cheers,
    -Kev

    PS I hope they support 1.7 soon, cuz that get's XInput2, and multi-pointer support. And will also support 9.10, which should be even faster...
    Kev, I know your interested in multi-pointer so you can use multiple touchscreens. Do you know if multi-pointer also allows for multi-touch (tracking 2+ points on 1 touchscreen)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by unsungboxer View Post
    Kev, I know your interested in multi-pointer so you can use multiple touchscreens. Do you know if multi-pointer also allows for multi-touch (tracking 2+ points on 1 touchscreen)?
    No, it doesn't sadly. There has been some work with getting touchpads to replicate multi-touch actions, but I haven't heard of anything on the touchscreen side without specific hardware and drivers.
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