Macbook Air 2017 (7,2) Support

karu.pruun karu.pruun at
Tue Jun 30 01:04:44 PDT 2020


For what it's worth, I have a Macbookpro6,2 and /etc/rc.conf has


no hald or moused enabled, trackpad works fine.

Another test you could run is boot up FreeBSD using a usb stick and
see if the problem persists. If not, we can try figure out how to
patch the relevant drivers in DragonFly.




On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 8:47 PM Patrick McDonough <~patrick/dfly at> wrote:
> I wouldn't have been terribly surprised if it was, but it doesn't seem to be the case. I dug out some USB drives I had lying around that I presumed would have at least one live environment I could boot into. If only to give me a way to rule out anything DragonFly.
> The first was an old version of MacOS Mojave, which didn't display the symptoms in its graphical installer. I didn't think that was a particularly great test, so I also found a drive containing Xubuntu 20.04, which confirmed the trackpad was working normally.
> Patrick
> On 2020-06-29 17:55, David Walker wrote:
> Might the trackpad problem be a hardware problem?
> My 2013 MacBook Air trackpad often randomly throws the cursor back
> to irrelevant positions on earlier lines when I edit text with it.
> There is advice on the web for alleviating the problem by holding
> down diagonally opposite corners of the trackpad rather firmly for
> at least 5 seconds. The problem is not supposed to occur with
> new trackpads. After holding down say lower left and upper right
> corners as described, follow up with upper left and lower right,
> and repeat the whole treatment several times. (For me that
> made a difference, but the effect wears off so I use a mouse
> instead when I can.)
> David
> On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 6:32 PM Patrick McDonough <~patrick/dfly at> wrote:
>> Howdy. I'm working on getting Dragonfly 5.8 running on a reasonably
>> recent Macbook Air (2017), with the intent to update the
>> DragonFlyOnLaptops page with something a touch newer. The only real
>> issues I've faced are audio and trackpad related, as I've skirted around
>> dealing with Broadocm wifi using a cheap adapter board.
>> Audio mostly works with snd_hda_load="YES" in loader.conf without
>> further configuration. However this is only on pcm2, which is the
>> headphone output. For speakers (pcm1) to work, I had to fiddle with the
>> gpio configuration.
>> sysctl dev.hdaa.1.gpio_config=0=set
>> Dandy. The trackpad less so.
>> I'm seeing seemingly random middle and right clicks when using the
>> trackpad. It only happens when the trackpad is in use - so using a USB
>> mouse alleviates the problem entirely. However within seconds of moving
>> the cursor using the trackpad, I'm accosted by either middle or right
>> click events.
>> My configuration is a default XFCE4 desktop on Xorg, with everything
>> installed through pkg. dbus, moused, and hald are the only additional
>> services enabled in my rc.conf.
>> If anyone has a clue, that would be great. Failing that - a link to the
>> man/code for the relevant subsystem handling the trackpad
>> (xorg-input-something? moused?) would be welcome.
>> Patrick

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