Posted by: kurtsh | September 12, 2012

DOWNLOAD: Windows 8 Elan & Synaptics Touchpad drivers (for Samsung Series 9 ultrabooks)

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UPDATE 9/15/12 12:45PM:
I’ve gotten confirmation today that the Synaptics TouchPad drivers (v12.3) I’d originally linked to, when installed on Windows 8, do in fact provide Windows 8 Edge Swipe capabilities just as the Elan Drivers do below! 

This will reveal the Charms bar on the right, the Configuration Bar on the bottom, and the Task Bar on the left of the screen.  Yay!

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ORIGINAL POST:
It’s clear that my last post about this was not clear enough based on all the pings I’m getting so, here’s attempt #2:

If you have Windows 8 installed on a laptop with an Elan Touchpad on it such as many (not all) of the Samsung Series 9 ultrabooks, here’s a driver that will provide you with the following functionality on the touchpad:  (See below if you have a Samsung Series 9 ultrabook that doesn’t have an Elan touchpad in it.)

  1. Edge Swipe LEFT – “Reveal Windows 8 Charms bar”
  2. Edge Swipe RIGHT – “Change foreground task in Windows 8””
  3. Edge Swipe UP – “Reveal Windows 8 Configuration bar”
  4. Multitouch Scroll – Use two fingers to scroll up & down in a window
  5. Disable Tapping – Stop the cursor from moving when you accidentally graze the touchpad
  6. Disable Drag & Drop – Prevent accidental movement of icons & highlighted content
  7. Enable PalmTracking – Also known as Palm Rejection, prevent the pointer from moving when your palm accidentally rests on the touchpad
  8. Diminish Sensitivity – Reduce the sensitivity of the touchpad

(Note: Once this driver is installed this is all configurable from Control Panel – Mouse.)

Things to remember before installing the driver:

  1. ELAN1UNINSTALL PREVIOUS ELAN DRIVERS
    If you had previous ELAN drivers, uninstall them by going to CONTROL PANEL – PROGRAMS & FEATURES and get rid of anything that reads “ETD…” or “ELAN Technologies”.  If you fail to do this step, the Control Panel tab for your touchpad will not display correctly.
    (If you do screw this up, uninstall all the drivers again by plugging in a USB mouse to your system, and then reinstall the new Elan drivers and you should recover fine.)
  2. REBOOT AFTER EVERY STEP.
    After you uninstall the OLD Elan drivers (if you had them) reboot.  After you install the NEW Elan drivers, reboot.  If not, the Windows 8 specific functionality may not work.
  3. DOWNLOAD THE RIGHT ELAN DRIVER.
    Here’s a link to the driver you want. It appears to be for both x86/x64.
    Visit http://www.station-drivers.com/page/elantech.htm and click on the DISK icon for the 11.13.0.2 driver)

ELAN2CONFIGURATION
Once downloaded – go to CONTROL PANEL – MOUSE.  There should be an “ELAN” tab at the top.  Select it and click on the “Options…” button.  The following window should appear.  I recommend the following:

  1. DISABLE TAPPING
    Uncheck the “Enable” check box for Tapping.  It is what causes your mouse to jump all over the place.
  2. DISABLE DRAG & DROP
    It’s too easy to accidently move stuff when this is enabled.  Disable it by clicking on “Drag and Drop” and unchecking the “Enable” box.

ELAN3There are other options available in the “Additional” tab such as “Palm Tracking” and “Sensitivity” that you will need to play with to see what works for you.  See the photo to the right to see what options are available in this tab.

SYNAPTICS TOUCHPAD USERS:
What if you have a Synaptics Touchpad?  Here’s a quote from my previous post:

I have in fact found some Synaptics drivers with the version number of “16.2.12.3” published 9/7/12 for both 32bit & 64bit. Sound interesting? Yeah, I thought so. The problem is I don’t have a Synaptics touchpad to test this on any more so I have no idea if these work however here’s the link if you really feel daring. Caveat installer.)


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