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I have been using Ubuntu since 5.10 (Breezy) and never did it disappoint in the area of hardware support. Yeah there were some issues with broadcom wifi chips, but it was fixable.

But now since 10.04, I can not get my synaptics touchpad operational. I bought a new vaio laptop and its touchpad was not supported as well.

I want to know whether it is because of kernel update or change to udev from hal??

Is there a fix?

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I had a Vaio and it worked, not sure though I googled it and found that you need to add this to your grub: i8042.reset i8042.nomux i8042.nopnp i8042.noloop

Reference Ubuntu forum

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The reference points to a bug that was marked as fixed some time ago: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/334249 Citing: "Saïvann Carignan wrote on 2010-02-25: If you still get the issue, open a new bug report for "linux" package, by typing "ubuntu-bug linux" (without the quotes "") in a terminal and put a reference to this bug ( bug #334249 ) in your new bug description. This will help developer to track the issues individually. Thanks for your participation in launchpad!" –  MagicFab Nov 16 '10 at 15:06

Head on over to www.caseytinsley.com - He has a how-to on getting synaptics working on Ubuntu. It's very basic, And only 2 console commands to get it up.

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Like posted above, The fix over at caseytinsley.wordpress.com/2010/11/07/ubuntu-10-10-touchpad-fix works great! –  user9971 Jan 31 '11 at 18:38
    
Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. Also, currently the link in the body of this message is broken, so it would be good to fix it... –  Eliah Kagan Sep 6 '12 at 14:51

You may be interested in installing the gpointing-device-settings Install gpointing-device-settings package, which will provide more configuration options for your touchpad. BTW, in Ubuntu 10.04LTS+ this replaces gsynaptics

Once installed you find it under System -> Preferences -> Pointing Devices.

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