KDE touchpad configuration disabled in Kubuntu Maverick

After upgrade from Kubuntu Lucid 10.04 to Maverick 10.10 the touchpad configuration was disabled in KDE system settings (System settings -> Input devices -> Touchpad). All the controls were disabled, the “Informations” section reading “Touchpad Name: Device not found”.

I have Apple Macbook Pro (macbook5,5) which uses bcm5974 driver. Apparently the driver is included in the recent linux kernels, but it can also be installed from the Mactel Support repository. First thing to do is to check if the drive is loaded in the kernel:
lsmod | grep bcm5974
If the command doesn’t print anything, you need to install the driver.

If the driver is installed, like in my case, but the KDE configuration is still disabled, check if xserver synaptics package is installed:
sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

The KDE touchpad configuration module is provided by the package kde-config-touchpad.


Duplex printing for HP Color printers in Ubuntu

In office we have this fast HP Color LaserJet CP3505 printer, that should be able to print on both sides. I installed the driver using some GUI (system-config-printer I think) and everything worked like a charm, except the duplex printing. Trying to enable duplex printing in kprinter, for example, resulted an error “Some options selected are in conflict” as the Duplex Unit was not installed.

The printer setup can be changed (as instructed in this thread) in the CUPS HTML interface, accessible via any browser:


1) Choose Manage Printers and Set Printer Options of the printer at hand.

2) In Options Installed change radio button to Duplex Unit : Installed.

3) Click Set Printer Options.
You may be asked for a user name and password. Type in your local login user name and password. Sometimes, as in my case, you may need to input root and the superuser password.

Presumably the same configuration can be done in the GUIs as well, for example:
sudo system-config-printer and tick Duplex Unit in Installable Options tab. (In KDE use kdesu instead of sudo.)

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