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Where do i get generic Synaptics drivers for Windows 8?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    Where do i get generic Synaptics drivers for Windows 8?


    My Acer V5-571G has an awesome trackpad, but acer only provides Elantech drivers, which aren't as great.
    This, is great: Synaptics Gesture Suite
    but it refers you to your manufacturer for drivers.

    help/ thanks

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  2. #2


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    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    If Acer is only providing Elantech drivers for your laptop, it's because the touchpad is by Elantech. You can't use Synaptics drivers for a non-Synaptics device.
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8.1


    Actually you can.
    and it is a Synaptics.
    Review Acer Aspire V5-571G Notebook - Notebookcheck.net Reviews

    I don't know why they want you to use Elantech drivers (which actually screw up if there's a mouse plugged in), when the generic Synaptics support multitiouch and the whole nine yards.

    My trackpad is just as good as an Apple trackpad, once you disable the redundant features (edges of trackpad for scrolling, right corner is rightclick)
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  4. #4


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    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    What did it originally come with, Elantech or Synaptics? I found the Synaptics drivers under Windows 7 60-bit. It's possible that Acer hasn't release a Synaptics Windows 8 driver (either because Synaptics hasn't sent Acer one for testing or because Synaptics hasn't released one for "older" hardware).
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    Windows 8.1


    The acer drivers are Elantech, but when i tried reinstalling it installed itself as a ps/2 mouse driver and killed multitouch.

    I guess the Windows 8 synaptics drivers are just not out yet.
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  6. #6


    if it is a Synaptics pad then Synaptics do have win 8 driver up on there site
    there version 16.2.21..
    just go to the drivers page and not the OEM supported page
    Drivers | Synaptics
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  7. #7


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    My Acer V5-571G has an awesome trackpad, but acer only provides Elantech drivers, which aren't as great.
    This, is great: Synaptics Gesture Suite
    but it refers you to your manufacturer for drivers.

    help/ thanks
    Hi there
    C'mon guys

    Took me 0.5 sec with Google

    anywhere this is what you need

    Drivers | Synaptics

    Hi there James Bond !!!!!
    you beat me to it !!!!!!!!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8. #8


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    Windows 8.1


    yay they just arrived

    I'm trying to download but it's going pretty slow

    update: I just got it installed. adds three edge swipes:
    Swipe from left to switch to previous application used
    Swipe from right to open charms bar
    Swipe from top to open the applications menu (or fullscreen mode in Chrome)
    Last edited by FuturDreamz; 08 Nov 2012 at 10:49.
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  9. #9


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    Windows 8.1


    I discovered something cool. To get to all apps from the Start screen, just swipe down and hit enter. Swiping down brings up the app menu for the start screen, and All Apps is already selected. Don't have to bring your cursor to the bottom right corner.
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  10. #10


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    Windows 8.1


    So decided to go back to Windows 8. Acer's drivers have not improved, and it seems the new Synaptics drivers reject touchpads that identify themselves as elantech. I ended up somehow killing both my touchpad and keyboard, and a refresh deleted ALL drivers and updates.
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