I have an ASUS zenbook running Ubuntu 18.04, and everytime I opened up my laptop the touchpad stopped working, so I would open up the terminal and run this:

sudo rmmod i2c_hid

sudo modprobe i2c_hid

However, recently, even this stopped working. Diagnostics tools tell me that the touchpad isn't even recognized.

Gnome Shell Version: 3.28.3 Touchpad Indicator Version: 31 Touchpad(s): No Touchpad detected. Synclient: Not found or used on your system. Xinput: Is installed. Switch Method: XInput

So I tried reinstalling some things

sudo apt install --reinstall xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

And I have the most recent update for Ubuntu 18.04.

Here is what xinput shows

⎡ Virtual core pointer id=2 [master pointer (3)]

⎜ ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer id=4 [slave pointer (2)]

⎣ Virtual core keyboard id=3 [master keyboard (2)]

↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard id=5 [slave keyboard (3)]

↳ Power Button id=6 [slave keyboard (3)]

↳ Asus Wireless Radio Control id=7 [slave keyboard (3)]

↳ Video Bus id=8 [slave keyboard (3)]

↳ Video Bus id=9 [slave keyboard (3)]

↳ Power Button id=10 [slave keyboard (3)]

↳ Sleep Button id=11 [slave keyboard (3)]

↳ USB2.0 HD UVC WebCam: USB2.0 HD id=13 [slave keyboard (3)]

↳ Asus WMI hotkeys id=14 [slave keyboard (3)]

↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard id=15 [slave keyboard (3)]

Any suggestions? Thank you.

  • What is the full model of your laptop? – Aaron Franke Apr 16 at 3:51
  • UX430U ASUS notebook PC – Mr. E Apr 28 at 6:19

Had problems with my Asus Zenbook UX333F and


solved most of them, by installing the latest known kernel on 18.04 (5.2.8 as of today).


Updating to a newer distribution of Ubuntu fixes the problem.

No other solution, even involving the terminal, has permanently fixed the issue for 18.04

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