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I'm trying to determine why horizontal scrolling isn't working for me on Ubuntu 10.10, but I'm not sure how to tell what type of touchpad is in my Lenovo thinkpad T400. I tried running lspci and lsusb but neither one showed anything along the lines of touchpad, mouse, or anything that felt like it was my touch pad. How do I tell?

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You can use the xinput command to list all of your input devices including mice and keyboards:

xinput list

My output looks like this:

⎡ Virtual core pointer                      id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad                  id=11   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Macintosh mouse button emulation          id=12   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Wacom Intuos3 4x6 eraser                  id=15   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Wacom Intuos3 4x6 cursor                  id=16   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Wacom Intuos3 4x6 pad                     id=17   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Wacom Intuos3 4x6 stylus                  id=18   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎣ Virtual core keyboard                     id=3    [master keyboard (2)]
    ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard               id=5    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                              id=6    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Video Bus                                 id=7    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                              id=8    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ USB 2.0 Camera                            id=9    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard              id=10   [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ LITEON Technology USB Multimedia Keyboard id=13   [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ LITEON Technology USB Multimedia Keyboard id=14   [slave  keyboard (3)]
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You may also be interested in installing the gpointing-device-settings Install gpointing-device-settings package, which will provide more configuration options for your touchpad.

Once installed you can find it under System -> Preferences -> Pointing Devices.

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One place to look is in /var/log/Xorg.0.log, where you can search for Touchpad. I'm not sure how specific it will be, but it shows me lines such as:

(II) config/udev: Adding input device SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad (/dev/input/event13)

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