Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 in MacbookPro8,1. I can't enable touchpad, how to enable?

share|improve this question

If you can get to the menu's find the mouse/touchpad settings in the system-settings. You can also talk to it via the command-line using synclient. So for instance synclient TouchpadOff=0 could switch back on the touchpad (if that was causing it). If it doesn't work or it complains with some errors, try to unload/reload the driver:

I made a small script that I've put in ~/bin (for instance reset_mouse) and made executable with chmod u+x ~/bin/reset_mouse. This is the script:

device="bcm5974" ;
xterm -e "sudo modprobe -r $device && sudo modprob $device"

You might have another device (this is mine on my Macbook Pro 6,2). You can Google it or search via lsmod.

Hope this helps.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.