Many older TouchPad on laptop, netbook or notebooks that were launched prior to the release of Windows 7 does not have multitouch gesture support enabled (trackPad), even though the TouchPad hardware itself may support multi-touch with two or even three finger scrolling and gesture. To make the matter worse, for marketing reason or patent issue, many PC manufacturers decide to disable multitouch function on the TouchPad and TrackPad.
Fortunately there is a solution to fix this as the locking and disabling of multitouch gesture feature is done on the software driver for the TouchPad. The OEM simply doesn’t provide the required driver to enable multitouch support and various finger gestures.
Earlier, users who want to enable multitouch and gesture support on a Synaptics TouchPad have to download and install a modded and hacked for multitouch support Synatics TouchPad driver. But now HP has released an updated version of Synaptics TouchPad driver for Windows 7 systems, that can be used to unlock and activate multi-touch in netbooks and laptops with older TouchPads and TrackPads that doesn’t support multi-touch.
The Synaptics TouchPad driver from HP is originally meant for HP OEM machine with Synaptics TouchPad (SYN1E18), but can be installed on any computer the comes with a Synaptics TouchPad or TrackPad, with a hardware version of at least 5.30
The multitouch driver won’t work for the Synaptics device as it does not support hardware version earlier than 5.30, such as 5.20 or older.
Enable MultiTouch Gestures on Synaptics TouchPad
After installing the Synaptics TouchPad driver, multi-touch and application gesture features that may be available include two-finger scrolling, two-finger double tap, three-finger tap, three-finger tap, three-finger flick, pinch-to-zoom, and etc. Users with unsupported Synaptics TouchPad, try the two-finger-scroll utility to force enable 2 fingers gesture.
Note that currently only drivers for 32-bit XP and Windows 7 systems and may not work on X64 systems. Windows Vista users can try the driver for Windows 7.