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I Installed ubuntu 12.10 on a Dell Vostro 1710 (yes, this is old hardware ;-).

Everything works great except for the touchpad ! (wifi see here)

The touchpad doesn't work at all, and is recognised as "USB OPTICAL MOUSE" :

Vostro1710:~$ xinput list

⎡ Virtual core pointer                      id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳  USB OPTICAL MOUSE                        id=10   [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)]
↳ Sleep Button                              id=9    [slave  keyboard (3)]
↳ Integrated Webcam                         id=11   [slave  keyboard (3)]
↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard              id=12   [slave  keyboard (3)]
↳ Dell WMI hotkeys                          id=13   [slave  keyboard (3)]

Vostro1710:~$ cat /proc/bus/input/devices

I: Bus=0003 Vendor=15d9 Product=0a4d Version=0111
P: Phys=usb-0000:00:1d.1-2/input0
S: Sysfs=/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.1/usb6/6-2/6-2:1.0/input/input11
U: Uniq=
H: Handlers=mouse0 event5 
B: EV=17
B: KEY=70000 0 0 0 0
B: REL=103
B: MSC=10

I followed logging instructions on this page, so you can read my evtest as well as my Xorg.0.log.

Thanks folks !

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My laptop was having this same problem. I followed this solution:

It was as simple as doing the following:

sudo nano /etc/default/grub

Editing this line:


to be this:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="i8042.reset quiet splash"

then I ran:

sudo update-grub

I then rebooted the computer, and everything has been working fine.

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