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I have a touchscreen, but the drivers are not working properly and interfere with my mouse.

Is it possible to disable my touchscreen , so that I can work again properly?

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Not sure if this will solve your problem, but you can try disabling the input device with the xinput command.

First see what input devices you have, just type:


And you should see a list like:

$ xinput 
⎡ Virtual core pointer                      id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Atmel Atmel maXTouch Digitizer            id=9    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint                     id=13   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad                id=12   [slave  pointer  (2)]

Then you can disable the input device you want with this command:

xinput disable 9

In xinput version , you need to do this instead.

xinput set-prop 9 'Device Enabled' 0

Where 9 is the id of the device you want to disable.

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The xinput solution did not work for me. I instead followed the instructions in this thread.

  1. Edit /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-evdev.conf
  2. Add Option "Ignore" "on" to the end of touchscreen section
  3. Reboot

For the record (Google), I have a Samsung Series 7 and my touch screen was listed as ELAN Touchscreen in xinput.

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If your touchscreen is a touch panel screen like a USB monitor, you can add default kernel driver usbtouchscreen into modprobe's blacklist file (/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf) and use your custom driver such as touchkit or evtouch.

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Thank you! The following worked for me on my Lenovo x200 tablet running Ubuntu 14.04:

  1. Edited: " /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-evdev.conf "
  2. Add " Option "Ignore" "on" " to the end of touchscreen sections including pen stylus and erasure.

After suspend mode, the touchscreen reactivated so I just needed to logout and then login

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