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I've done a clean install of 12.10 on an HP DV7. According to xinput I do have a PS/2 Synaptics Touchpad. It shows PS/2 Synaptics Touchpad at ID=11 and Virtual core XTEST pointer listed above it at id=4.

I ran ps aux | grep syndaemon and it shows:

jason     5198  0.0  0.0  13580   888 pts/1    S+   09:40   0:00 grep --color=auto syndaemon

I can't get the touchpad menu to show up and the touchpad behaves odd but it could just be me. I should note that this is a clickpad and not just a touchpad.

I ran: egrep -i 'synap|alps|etps' /proc/bus/input/devices

Which resulted in: N: Name="PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad"

I ran: sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

But it says I already have the latest/newest version.

when I ran: xinput --list-props 11

Device 'PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad':
Device Enabled (137):   1
Coordinate Transformation Matrix (139): 1.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 1.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 1.000000
Device Accel Profile (258): 0
Device Accel Constant Deceleration (259):   1.000000
Device Accel Adaptive Deceleration (260):   1.000000
Device Accel Velocity Scaling (261):    10.000000
Device Product ID (254):    2, 1
Device Node (255):  "/dev/input/event10"
Evdev Axis Inversion (262): 0, 0
Evdev Axes Swap (264):  0
Axis Labels (265):  "Rel X" (147), "Rel Y" (148)
Button Labels (266):    "Button Left" (140), "Button Middle" (141), "Button Right" (142), "Button Wheel Up" (143), "Button Wheel Down" (144)
Evdev Middle Button Emulation (267):    0
Evdev Middle Button Timeout (268):  50
Evdev Third Button Emulation (269): 0
Evdev Third Button Emulation Timeout (270): 1000
Evdev Third Button Emulation Button (271):  3
Evdev Third Button Emulation Threshold (272):   20
Evdev Wheel Emulation (273):    0
Evdev Wheel Emulation Axes (274):   0, 0, 4, 5
Evdev Wheel Emulation Inertia (275):    10
Evdev Wheel Emulation Timeout (276):    200
Evdev Wheel Emulation Button (277): 4
Evdev Drag Lock Buttons (278):  0

I ran: cat /proc/bus/input/devices

I: Bus=0011 Vendor=0002 Product=0001 Version=0000
N: Name="PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad"
P: Phys=isa0060/serio1/input0
S: Sysfs=/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/input/input10
U: Uniq=
H: Handlers=mouse0 event10 
B: PROP=0
B: EV=7
B: KEY=70000 0 0 0 0
B: REL=3

Finally I ran: cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep -i synaptics

[   444.143] (II) config/udev: Adding input device PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad (/dev/input/event10)
[   444.143] (**) PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad: Applying InputClass "evdev pointer catchall"
[   444.143] (II) Using input driver 'evdev' for 'PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad'
[   444.143] (**) PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad: always reports core events
[   444.143] (**) evdev: PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad: Device: "/dev/input/event10"
[   444.143] (--) evdev: PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad: Vendor 0x2 Product 0x1
[   444.143] (--) evdev: PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad: Found 3 mouse buttons
[   444.143] (--) evdev: PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad: Found relative axes
[   444.143] (--) evdev: PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad: Found x and y relative axes
[   444.143] (II) evdev: PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad: Configuring as mouse
[   444.143] (**) evdev: PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad: YAxisMapping: buttons 4 and 5
[   444.143] (**) evdev: PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad: EmulateWheelButton: 4, EmulateWheelInertia: 10, EmulateWheelTimeout: 200
[   444.143] (II) XINPUT: Adding extended input device "PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" (type: MOUSE, id 11)
[   444.143] (II) evdev: PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad: initialized for relative axes.
[   444.143] (**) PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad: (accel) keeping acceleration scheme 1
[   444.143] (**) PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad: (accel) acceleration profile 0
[   444.143] (**) PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad: (accel) acceleration factor: 2.000
[   444.143] (**) PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad: (accel) acceleration threshold: 4
[   444.143] (II) config/udev: Adding input device PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad (/dev/input/mouse0)

I put all this information in to a pastebin for easier reading: http://pastebin.com/eAc3Bwpn

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