Im a new Ubuntu user, well new to Unix actually even if usually work with MacOS I had never really looked into it.
I installed Ubuntu on my laptop a few days ago and so far everything was going well, until all of a sudden the trackpad stopped responding. It does not move, nor it detects clicks.
Laptop is an Acer Aspire 5333-2880 running Ubuntu 11.04 64bits
After doing research I first thought the issue would be that my computer was not reading the trackpad, but doing:
ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad id=12 [slave pointer (2)]
I then thought that it might have to do with kde, since some posts mentioned trouble with kde and trackpads, so I deinstalled kde and went back to Gnome, still with no results.
Since I've just started using this computer solely with Ubuntu and had no real data saved yet, I decided to reinstall Ubuntu, so that everything went back to place. I didn't have anything to loose really, anyway. Then again, the problem is still there.
If I plug a USB mouse, there is no problem using it. That's how I got around to reinstall Ubuntu and all.
The problem began after I installed pidgin along with a few other packages, like chess, Synaptic and the flash plug in for browsers; after I restarted my computer. I really don't know what else to do, I've been browsing through different forums online for hours without finding an answer.
I can't deny I've learned more about using the terminal than I would have by poking it around by myself, but this is getting really irritating and using a mouse really beats the purpose of a laptop (One of them anyway, at least that's the way I see it).
I hope someone can help me here, if you need any information form my hardware or terminal output just say so.