My laptop is running KDE on a Debian a testing/unstable mix. I recently did an upgrade, which pulled in a new xorg version (xserver-xorg-core:amd64 2:1.15.1-1 → 2:126.96.36.1994-1), including all the submodules such as xserver-xorg-input-synaptics:amd64 1.7.3-1+b1 → 1.8.0-1. There were a bunch of other things too.
After reboot, the trackpad moves the pointer ridiculously slowly. As in move my finger across it quickly over a dozen times to get across the screen. Yet, moving my finger slowly shows it clearly still has acceleration, just nowhere near enough.
First, of course, I tried the KDE Touchpad settings. I upped the maximum speed as far as it goes, and the same with the acceleration. That got it down to 5–6 times across quickly to get across the screen—still far too slow.
Second, I tried speeding it up with
xset m, changing the settings from 30/10 threshold 4 to even insane values like 100/2 didn't have any effect. Attempting to use
synclient let me set the MaxSpeed to 255, but that hasn't done anything. It wouldn't let me push the AccelFactor above 1 (same as the KDE settings pannel).
I downgraded the entire X stack to install synaptics 1.7 again (1.8 changed ABI). That works. The difference is immediately apparent: on the kdm login screen, it takes 1–2 swipes across the pad to go across the screen with 1.7; it takes 26 (yes, I counted) with 1.8. I logged into a failsafe session in both 1.7 and 1.8; the output of
xset q is identical; the output of
xinput list-props on the trackpad device is almost the same (the property numbers are different, 1.8 adds a new circular pad setting, value 0; 1.7 has grab event device set to 1, instead of 0 in 1.8). The xorg logs similarly don't seem to show much. I've put an tarball of them all on Dropbox if you wish to review them.
Is there some config setting I'm missing? Seems like X acceleration is just broken here, leading to unacceptably slow pointers.