Thinkpad x230 - trying to get TrackPoint / Touchpad working in X

Bryan C. Everly bryan at
Mon Jul 3 05:46:35 PDT 2017

Figured it out based on feedback from folks here as well as some
additional searching and digging through dmesg output on Linux,
OpenBSD and FreeBSD for this particular laptop (yeah, I'm the nutter
who put four operating systems on an x230 under UEFI with rEFInd)!

Here's what I ended up having to do.  The TrackPoint device is
actually a PS/2 mouse from a hardware perspective (at least according
to dmesg output), so I added the following to my /etc/rc.conf:


Once I did that, the /etc/X11/xorg.conf that was auto-generated by
Xorg -configure worked AOK and picked up the mouse.  Since I don't use
the microscopic touchpad on this laptop (I think I've licked postage
stamps bigger than this thing) I'm not sure if that works, but since
my primary use case is the red pencil eraser mouse and it's working,
I'll take the victory.

Thanks everyone for your help and patience as I try to shift OpenBSD
experience over to your platform and learn it.


On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 12:09 AM, Justin Sherrill
<justin at> wrote:
> Complete guess on my part, but maybe it's a synaptics device?  The
> Chromebook page on talks a bit about mousepad setup
> with that device type:
> Maybe, if you are lucky, what works there will work here.
> On Sun, Jul 2, 2017 at 2:22 PM, Bryan C. Everly <bryan at> wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> Sorry to be such a n00b but my Google-fu has let me down here.  I'm
>> trying to get a desktop going in my new DragonFlyBSD install on a
>> Thinkpad x230 and I have successfully configured WiFi and installed
>> xorg but when I do a simple "startx" to validate that everything is
>> working AOK, everything is (including Intel DRM graphics!) but I have
>> no ability to move the mouse.
>> I've done some reading on /dev/sysmouse and fiddled with my Xorg
>> -configure generated /etc/X11/xorg.conf file but to no avail.
>> Could someone please nudge me in the right direction to get a working
>> mouse so I can start installing a DE and try to make DragonFlyBSD my
>> daily driver?
>> Thanks,
>> Bryan

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