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The touchpad suddenly stopped working in my HP Pavilion laptop. External mouse works. I'm running Ubuntu 10.10. What are my options?

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It started working when I tried this:… But now the Touchpad tab in the Mouse preferences dialog is gone :S – thameera Feb 26 '11 at 11:59
Does it stop working completely, or only moving the pointer doesn't work, but, say, scrolling does at the same time? I have such a problem with the touchpad in Ubuntu on my Toshiba AC100 -- ,… – imz -- Ivan Zakharyaschev Sep 20 '12 at 15:09

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I recommend you use " touchpad-indicator" - an indicator applet for easily managing your touchpad. Installation instructions are given in this link.

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I installed this and removed the edit I mentioned previously. After a restart, it works fine now. Dunno what happened. Thanks anyway! – thameera Feb 26 '11 at 13:04
you are welcome. – tinhed Feb 26 '11 at 14:44
Is there another source to download the app from? the code "sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator" no longer works. – Matthew Wilson Jan 7 '12 at 13:05
And ... it works on the 12.04 beta 2, also, which means it will probably work as well when 12.04 LTS is released. – Kelley Apr 20 '12 at 17:24

Perhaps, switching to the linux console (say, Ctrl-Alt-F1) and back to X (Ctrl-Alt-F7) will make the touchpad work again. (This is a workaround around the bug, wothout a good fix and explanation.) --

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Try restarting your mouse or touch pad using xinput. First you should know the id of your device, for doing so type in a terminal:

xinput list

A list with input devices will appear, notice the id of your target device, then type

xinput --disable [id]
xinput --enable [id]

replacing [id] with the device ID you want to restart. It should work now.

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The easiest way to solve this problem is to pulse the FN+F7 (or the F-number with the symbol of the touchpad), always with the mouse not plugged in.

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