I recently installed Ubuntu 16.04 on my 5 year old Lenovo and immediately my touchpad didn't work. I looked around and found a solution (can't find the link) which told me to do this:

sudo apt-get install aptitude
sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

aptitude told me that a bunch of other xserver-xorg items would be removed to deal with the dependencies (apologies but I did not write down which ones though there were about 10 of them all related to xserver-xorg), and after installing and rebooting, my touchpad, keyboard and touchscreen all worked. I rebooted again the other day and now only my touchpad works.

I've looked online for other solutions, but none of the ones I've looked at have been helpful. I was thinking it might just be a case of reinstalling all the xserver-xorg packages that I uninstalled, but I'm not sure how to go about this since there are so many of them. Also any deeper insight into why my touchpad wouldn't work would be appreciated - it used to do the same thing to me on Windows until I installed the Synaptics drivers.

EDIT: The mouse and keyboard which I plugged in to my laptop were also not recognised.

EDIT #2: I ran sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-all and now I'm right back where I started - touchpad not working, everything else fine.

  • So this was on a fresh install? I suggest booting from a Live USB, which should reproduce the original situation with the touchpad, to see (and save for reference) the packages involved. – Ratler Jul 10 '18 at 0:09
  • Also, test 18.04. You might be lucky and everything just works out of the box! – Ratler Jul 10 '18 at 0:11
  • @Ratler So actually 18.04 had the same problem as well as a bunch of others so I installed 16.04 instead. Booting from USB could be a good idea though – Sebastian Jul 10 '18 at 11:47
  • Try what I suggested here to fix your scrolling. – Eugene Frakt Dec 14 '18 at 9:39

I followed this answer which solved the issue, though I can't scroll as of yet. Weird that this bug is still an issue after 5 years.

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