Trackpad firmware update
(07-26-2020, 06:10 PM)MtnSk8 Wrote:
(07-26-2020, 08:29 AM)rfm83 Wrote: This update doesn't apply to the units produced and shipped in May of 2020, correct?
I keep checking back for an answer to this question. I hope someone in the know will answer it at some point. Smile

I just tried updating it on my PBP from the May 2020 batch. Right now I have a bricked keyboard (ANSI) and trackpad. Not sure if this is an isolated issue or if I should not have tried on this version of PBP. 

I’ll be trying to fix it later tonight. Anyone know how I can flash the old firmware back?
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There was a long thread on this back when they first suggested doing the firmware update.

  I imagine there are some good ideas posted there that should still be helpful today.

  Just sometimes it can be frustrating trying to look up older threads.
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(07-29-2020, 03:25 PM)guiltydoggy Wrote:
(07-26-2020, 06:10 PM)MtnSk8 Wrote:
(07-26-2020, 08:29 AM)rfm83 Wrote: This update doesn't apply to the units produced and shipped in May of 2020, correct?
I keep checking back for an answer to this question. I hope someone in the know will answer it at some point. Smile

I just tried updating it on my PBP from the May 2020 batch. Right now I have a bricked keyboard (ANSI) and trackpad. Not sure if this is an isolated issue or if I should not have tried on this version of PBP. 

I’ll be trying to fix it later tonight. Anyone know how I can flash the old firmware back?

Okay, I was able to fix it by running the updater in tty and doing a full shutdown (not reboot) after steps 1 and 2. Trackpad seems to work a bit better than it used to.
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(07-29-2020, 06:54 PM)guiltydoggy Wrote: Okay, I was able to fix it by running the updater in tty and doing a full shutdown (not reboot) after steps 1 and 2. Trackpad seems to work a bit better than it used to.

Thanks for posting your results!  I was wondering if you now have additional touchpad functions like `2 finger tap for right click` or `sensitivity settings in kde systemsettings.`
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+1, Just flashed this custom firmware, and the trackpad is much more usable. I'm a happy camper.
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(07-29-2020, 11:02 PM)MtnSk8 Wrote:
(07-29-2020, 06:54 PM)guiltydoggy Wrote: Okay, I was able to fix it by running the updater in tty and doing a full shutdown (not reboot) after steps 1 and 2. Trackpad seems to work a bit better than it used to.

Thanks for posting your results!  I was wondering if you now have additional touchpad functions like `2 finger tap for right click` or `sensitivity settings in kde systemsettings.`

No, those settings are greyed out
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IIRC the trackpad isn't improved, just the keyboard -- however the perception/experience is often connected.
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@xmixahlx
On the other hand, I think Jack's replacement firmware has a small modification or 2 for the trackpad. It's not in the trackpad software it's self. Just that the keyboard controller has the connection to the trackpad. So, some communication modifications on the keyboard controller's software, (for the trackpad), has improved the trackpad slightly.

Got my ANSI keyboard replacement for my ISO Pinebook Pro. So I may move to Jack's keyboard firmware on both my ISO and ANSI.
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Hello,

Am I the only one who can't change the sensitivity parameters in the touchpad settings?
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I've been using the firmware update from jackhumbert, and it vastly improves my touchpad experience, but it doesn't seem to persist a reboot. Has anyone else experienced this?

I'm using debian from the pinebook pro installer.  Its not like the firmware somehow is getting reverted, because if I modify the updater to purely enter boot mode and then do a reset (skipping the actual firmware flashing), the touchpad is suddenly usable and great again.  As far as I can tell, nothing is different when Xorg detects the device the second time -- the logs indicate the same parameters with respect to acceleration, the only thing that changes is the ID (event11 instead of event7 in my case), probably because its rediscovered.

I'm tempted to just trigger this on my xsession.
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