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I was looking for software to manage touchpad and mouse and I found synaptiks but it dosn't work properly !!

For example i want to my laptop's tochpad been disable when i use a mouse but it doesn't happen with this software!!

Do others have this problem ? is there any other softwares that works well?


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This usually works best with a keyboard shortcut, though this varies my model. Edit your question with the type of laptop, or look in the owner's manual for 'disable touchpad'. It's usually something very simple. – Tom Brossman Feb 23 '12 at 9:04

You could try gpointing-device-settings :

sudo apt-get install gpointing-device-settings

It has additional options over the stock control panel. Good luck. Touchpad options in Ubuntu and linux in general appear to the new "WIFI Driver" - it's a bagatelle whether you get proper support for any given model. Modern clickpads (touchpads that incorporate their buttons under a single smooth surface) are particularly poorly supported. Support for certain features comes from the kernel, not the configuration tool itself, so if you can't, say, get two-fingered scrolling working from the stock options, it's unlikely that install gpointing-device-settings will make any difference.

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i installed that but when i run it, it returns this error (gpointing-device-settings:3943): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "pixmap", (gpointing-device-settings:3943): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "pixmap", (gpointing-device-settings:3943): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "pixmap", (gpointing-device-settings:3943): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "pixmap", An X error occurred. The error was BadAtom (invalid Atom parameter). but i don't know what it means :( – hamed Feb 23 '12 at 10:23
The pixmap stuff can be ignored. The real problem is that "X" error, which suggests that your touchpad isn't being detected as a touchpad at all. If you go into System Settings/Mouse, do you see a "touchpad" tab, or just "mouse"? Also, what version of Ubuntu are we talking about here and what's the laptop make/model if you know it? – Scaine Feb 23 '12 at 17:45
after the error my changes in gpointing-device-setting be wouldn't save !! and if i open it again, the options are unchanged ! – hamed Feb 23 '12 at 17:45
yes, there is "touchpad" tab – hamed Feb 23 '12 at 17:47

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