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The touchpad of my laptop fails to work soon after I login to Ubuntu. I've gone through several threads in forums regarding the same matter and have tried out:

gconftool -set boolean ... command

I've even tried to reboot the system in recovery mode. I've unchecked the System -> Preferences -> Enable touchpad while key type and restarted as well.

None of the above methods which did work for few seem to work for me. Please help me. How can I fix the touchpad issue in Ubuntu 11.10 without a reinstall?

I am using 64 bit Oneiric, on an Dell Inspiron

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I had similar issue, my touchpad was working in a super basic (move and click only) mode.

After reading all the comments on I got it to work by installing Seth's psmouse-alps-dkms_0.10_all.deb from comment #492:

Now I have:

  • touchpad preferences in system settings
  • two finger vertical and horizontal scroll
  • tow finger right-click

My touchpad is "AlpsPS/2 ALPS DualPoint TouchPad".

Find out your touchpad brand running:

xinput list

good luck!


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I've only seen this happen sporadically on a Dell latop. While disabling the "Disable touchpad while typing" seemed to help, the best solution here was to set this also.

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.mouse active false    

An active bug on

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I had the exact same issue, I found a blog that had a command that actually fixed the issue synclient TouchpadOff=0

I ran the command as sudo synclient TouchpadOff=0, and it worked, exactly a

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I've tried running in a terminal sudo modprobe -r psmouse && sudo modprobe psmouse and it worked.

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