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I have a dell inspiron computer. I installed Ubuntu 11.10. I don't want to use its touchpad but I could not disable it. gconf-editor cannot be useful because touchpad is not seen in peripherals although it is properly working.

What should I do?

My hardware: Alps Touchpad for Inspiron N5110

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator

After installation, open the indicator from Applications -> Accessories -> Touchpad Indicator and set your touchpad in top-right

This is the easiest way to disable.

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It's apparent that the touchpad is not detected as such by the system. What would the indicator be good for? – mikewhatever Nov 9 '11 at 11:00
My touchpad is properly working. I would like to disable it. Gaurav_Java's method works fine. – adba Nov 9 '11 at 21:10
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator

This didn't work for me until I unplugged and plugged my mouse back in... -12.04Beta

Works great now though!

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touchpad-indicator didn't work for me, so I wrote a little script to do it instead, and bound it to a shortcut key (Ctrl-F1).

it's a wee Python script, only a dozen lines, just sharing it in case anyone else finds it useful:

grab the code from:

save as /usr/local/bin/, eg by opening

gksudo gedit /usr/local/bin/

and pasting the code in.

then, sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/

then, go to settings-->keyboard-->shortcuts-->custom shortcuts add a new shortcut, call it eg toggle touchpad on/off, and give the command as

Click OK, then click on the new row. Now click where it says "Disabed" in the new row, it will say it's waiting for a new shortcut key. I chose ctrl+F1

important: then log off and log back on again

voila! feedback, comment, suggestions appreciated

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If the touchpad is still not working, go in bios menu and search touchpad and change the TP from Advanced to Basic. that was my experience to run my touchpad.

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