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When I run the following commands in the terminal the radio button in the mouse options will enable two finger scrolling. If I do not run these commands first, then scrolling radio button no longer does anything and I lose scrolling completely if I tick the radio button. What would be the best solution?

xinput set-int-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Two-Finger Scrolling" 8 1
xinput set-int-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Two-Finger Scrolling" 8 1 1
xinput set-int-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Two-Finger Pressure" 32 10
xinput set-int-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Two-Finger Width" 32 8
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just search mouse in unity select and open Mouse and Touchpad. go to touch pad tab and enable two finger scrolling

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It's not completely clear, but he's tried that and it doesn't work. When you tick the "two finger" option, you lose all scrolling. Only the xinput commands above will activate it. I have the same problem on my Toshiba Sattelite Pro U400 and I've given up trying to get it to work reliably, even though the xinput commands will work for me too. The problem is that they often disappear when you suspend/resume. Too much hassle for such a small feature. I just use side-scrolling on that laptop now. – Scaine Oct 26 '11 at 7:55

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