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openSUSE 11.1 GNOME User Guide
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2.2 Hardware

In the following sections, find examples of how to configure some hardware aspects of your GNOME desktop like keyboard or mouse preferences, handling of removable drives and media, or the screen resolution.

2.2.1 Modifying Keyboard Preferences

To modify some keyboard settings such as autorepeat preferences or typing break sessions, click Computer > Control Center > Hardware > Keyboard.

Figure 2-2 Keyboard Preferences Dialog

  1. On the Keyboard tab, you can set some general keyboard preferences, such as enabling keyboard repeat with individual delay and speed options, or enabling or disabling the blinking of the cursor and defining the speed. For more information about the individual options, click Help.

  2. To select your keyboard model, click the Layouts tab, click the Browse button and select your model from the list.

  3. To add a new language layout, click Add and choose a language layout to add to the list. You can select different layouts to suit different locales. Select one layout as Default.

  4. On the Typing Break tab, you can set typing break preferences. For more information about the individual options, click Help.

  5. If all options are set according to your wishes, click Close.

2.2.2 Configuring the Mouse

To modify some mouse options, click Computer > Control Panel > Hardware > Mouse to open the Mouse Preferences.

Figure 2-3 Mouse Preferences Dialog

  1. Use the Buttons tab to specify whether the mouse buttons are configured for left-hand use. You can also specify the delay between clicks for a double-click.

  2. To select a different cursor theme, switch to the Cursors tab. There, you can also enable a mouse pointer animation when you press and release Ctrl. This feature can help you locate the mouse pointer.

  3. On the Motion tab, define the Acceleration and Sensitivity of your mouse pointer. You can also modify the distance that you must move an item with the pointer before the action is interpreted as a drag and drop action.

  4. If all options are set according to your wishes, click Close.

2.2.3 Installing and Configuring Printers

Use the Printers module to install and configure printers.

To start the Printers module, click Computer > Control Center > Hardware > Printers.

Figure 2-4 Printers Dialog

2.2.4 Configuring Removable Drives and Media

You can use a wide variety of removable drives and media, including storage devices, cameras, scanners, and more. The configurations for many of these devices are set up automatically during installation. To change the configuration for a drive or other removable device, click Computer > Control Center > Hardware > Removable Drives and Media.

Some of the possible configuration settings include:

  • What happens when a blank CD is inserted in the CD drive

  • What happens when an audio CD is inserted in the drive

  • Whether images are automatically imported from a digital camera when it is attached to the computer

  • Whether removable storage devices are mounted when they are plugged in to the computer

  • Whether PDAs are automatically synced when attached to the computer

In general, you do not need to change the settings that are already configured unless you want to change the behavior when a device is connected or if you want to connect a new device that is not yet configured. If you attach a device for the first time and it behaves in an unexpected or undesired way, check the Removable Drives and Media settings.

2.2.5 Specifying Screen Resolution Settings

To specify the resolution and refresh rate for your screen, click Computer > Control Center > Hardware > Screen Resolution and modify the options.

Figure 2-5 Screen Resolution Preferences Dialog

2.2.6 Configuring a Touchpad

Use this module to configure the behavior of a touchpad. This module is only available on computers containing touchpads, such as laptops. In most cases, the default behavior should remain unchanged. Click Computer > Control Center > Hardware > Touchpad to start the Touchpad module.

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