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I am using Ubuntu 12.10 and I really want to use two-finger scrolling on the Synaptics TouchPad.

I can't activate it in the System Preferences because the checkbox is disabled. Finally I managed to get it up and running as described here. But after rebooting the system it just doesn't work any more.

Any ideas how to fix that?

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Finally, I found a workaround. Dont't know if it is the way to go - but at least it works for me:

Step 1: I created a shell script as root in the directory /usr/local/bin/ and made it executable. (As described here:

Step 2: I pasted the commands as mentioned in the post that described how to enable multi-touch:

xinput --set-prop --type=int --format=32 "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Two-Finger Pressure" 4
xinput --set-prop --type=int --format=32 "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Two-Finger Width" 8
xinput --set-prop --type=int --format=8  "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Two-Finger Scrolling" 1 0

As described here: How to enable Two finger scrolling on Lenovo Thinkpad T400 in Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit

Step 3: Finally I added the script to the startup applications. And now two-finger-scrolling works just fine.

Hope this is somehow helpful...


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