my laptop's touchpad stopped working
On Sun, Nov 09, 2008 at 08:29:55PM -0800, Pastor JW wrote:
> On Sunday 09 November 2008 2:30:17 pm ike ibekwe wrote:
> > please i recently upgraded to ubuntu 8.10 and everything seemed ok. now my
> > touchpad has stopped working. i can still use it to left-click and
> > right-click, but i cant move the mouse about. any way out? please?
> Man, I wish you could tell me how you did that!
The following is what I used to automatically turn off the touchpad when typing
starts, and turn it on again a selected number of seconds after I stop typing.
That avoids the need to support one's thumbs with rubber bands to the
IIRC, a recent post indicated problems with syndaemon on the latest
ubuntu version, which is also reported to have an emasculated
/etc/X11/xorg.conf. However, if you've been cautious enough to avoid the
bleeding edge, you can use:
In /etc/X11/xorg.conf, add the comment and following line: >>>
Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad"
# To allow touchpad to be turned off:
Option "SHMConfig" "on"
To provide automatic disabling during typing, use: syndaemon -i 1 -d
Default re-enable interval is: i = 2 seconds
On ubuntu, this may be inserted in:
Manual runtime touchpad disabling:
synclient touchpadoff=[0|1] # 0 = On, 1 = Off.
To list touchpad options, and their current settings: synclient -l
If you have moved to Ibex, then you may be on a backwardly incompatible
I have long felt that most computers today do not use electricity. They
instead seem to be powered by the "pumping" motion of the mouse!
- William Shotts, Jr. on http://linuxcommand.org/learning_the_shell.php
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