I updated ubuntu 18.04 to 20.04. All worked fine for weeks until today. Touchpad on lenovo y580 stopped working just like that. I didn't install any new updates yesterday.

Xinput log:

Virtual core pointer                        id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
↳ PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad                   id=14   [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)]
↳ Video Bus                                 id=7    [slave  keyboard (3)]
↳ Power Button                              id=8    [slave  keyboard (3)]
↳ Sleep Button                              id=9    [slave  keyboard (3)]
↳ Video Bus                                 id=10   [slave  keyboard (3)]
↳ Lenovo EasyCamera: Lenovo EasyC           id=11   [slave  keyboard (3)]
↳ Ideapad extra buttons                     id=12   [slave  keyboard (3)]
↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard              id=13   [slave  keyboard (3)]
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    Do you have errors in output of dmesg | grep psmouse? Does it work before you log in? Can you check if it works in openbox session?
    – int_ua
    May 5, 2020 at 18:17
  • Seems related to this bug Dec 18, 2020 at 17:52

8 Answers 8


This is solution, that has worked for me:

sudo rmmod psmouse
sudo modprobe psmouse proto=imps


sudo modprobe -r psmouse && sudo modprobe psmouse proto=imps

To make it permanent, edit:

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/options

and add line:

options psmouse proto=imps


This fix will make the touchpad be recognized as a mouse instead, which might remove some features specific to touchpads such as disable while typing.

Hope this helps.

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    @monkut you can try this to add the command to be executed at startup: stackoverflow.com/a/9683384/12731060 Sep 7, 2020 at 4:05
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    Hmmm... Just re-installed 20.04 and have the same issue. I guess some update messed up the system. My hw works fine in my windows boot.
    – monkut
    Sep 8, 2020 at 2:27
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    Looks like the problem may have been introduced in the kernel, 5.4.0-47-generic. I selected the previous, 5.4.0-42-generic, at grub boot load and the trackpad/trackpoint work fine now.
    – monkut
    Sep 8, 2020 at 12:35
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    That was it @monkut! I think that deserves to be an answer, so that more can see this simple solution instead of the 2h of complex commands I had to live through
    – oma
    Sep 10, 2020 at 20:17
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    @GopalS wow, how did I miss the fact that you put note in bold. My fault haha!
    – joshpetit
    Dec 17, 2020 at 11:33

I've been using 20.04 since august and just and at the end of August 2020, suddenly the touchpad/trackpoint stopped working on my Lenovo Thinkpad X1 extreme.

After struggling, getting it partially working, and eventually trying to re-install 20.04 3 or 4 times to fix the issue (initial install was fine), I found that the problem may have been introduced in the kernel 5.4.0-47-generic.

To work around this, I select the older kernel 5.4.0-42-generic at boot time by accessing the GRUB menu and going to Advanced Options.

Now I'm able to use the trackpad/trackpoint as before.

I still have a bit of a display issue with suspend, but at least I can work on my laptop again.

To configure the kernels and defaults to set, this Ask Ubuntu question is a good resource.


I raised a bug with ubuntu, and managed to resolve the issue in my case by changing the Config->Graphics Device value from Discrete Graphics to Hybrid Graphics. With Hybrid Graphics set in BIOS and running the lastest kernal/updates as of 2020-11-6 I'm able to use my trackpad/trackpoint.

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    This worked for me, way simpler and fast to test. None of the other commands worked for me, touchpad was not showing in /proc/bus/input/devices list when booting on new linux kernel. I'm also on ubuntu 20.04. Thanks monkut
    – oma
    Sep 11, 2020 at 7:19
  • That also worked for me, my two cents here is to save the last kernel you have previously run, changing the file /etc/default/grub adding the entries: GRUB_DEFAULT=saved and GRUB_SAVEDEFAULT=true. After that, executing sudo update-grub. Source: askubuntu.com/questions/216398/… Nov 6, 2020 at 8:17
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    Could you link the bug you reported to Ubuntu? I'm having a similar issue, but it's not solved with the steps here. Dec 5, 2020 at 16:27
  • Hybrid graphics seemed to be the issue for me too on an Extreme Gen1, weird Jan 8, 2021 at 15:57
  • Had the issue also with hybrid graphic. 5.8.0-36-generic kernel version fixed all issues for me.
    – wasserholz
    Feb 15, 2021 at 12:19

You can try reinstalling touchpad driver (synaptics in your case):

sudo apt purge xserver-xorg-input-synaptics
sudo apt autoremove
sudo apt update
sudo apt install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

Restart and check.

  • I did that. After restart on the screen where you choose user i try to move cursor but he weirdly and fast jumps all over the screen and after few moments touchpad stop working. Also in xinput log now "PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad " is not visible.
    – scof93
    May 4, 2020 at 8:48
  • Issue this command to see if libinput is installed: sudo apt list --installed | grep libinput, if it's not there, you have to install the xserver-xorg-input-libinput package
    – Calico Cat
    May 4, 2020 at 8:56
  • Among other things I got: libinput-bin/focal,now 1.15.5-1 amd64 [installed], libinput10/focal,now 1.15.5-1 amd64 [installed], xserver-xorg-input-libinput/focal,now 0.29.0-1 amd64 [installed,automatic]
    – scof93
    May 4, 2020 at 9:01
  • It seems you already have libinput, which is weird because I have had this issue before and installing xserver-xorg-input-synaptics fix the problem. It might also be that your touchpad is disabled (accidentally?). i suggest that you take a look at these wiki: Touchpad not working after login and DebuggingTouchpadDetection. The former provide some simple workarounds, while the latter gives more details and scenarios.
    – Calico Cat
    May 4, 2020 at 11:25
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    Looks like reinstalling xserver-xorg-input-libinput works for me on Yoga 13 and Ubuntu 20.04.
    – ZhukovRA
    Aug 17, 2020 at 21:24

I solved my touchpad problem on Ubuntu 20.04 with this:

  1. Edit (create it if doesn't exist) the psmouse.conf file:

    sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/psmouse.conf
  2. Add the line:

    options psmouse synaptics_intertouch=1
  3. Then run:

    sudo modprobe -r psmouse && sudo modprobe psmouse
  • Which touchpad?
    – jmunsch
    Jul 20, 2021 at 22:58
  • It Worked for me. Nov 2, 2021 at 5:15
  • after everytime restarting or logging out, i need to again run sudo modprobe -r psmouse && sudo modprobe psmouse Nov 2, 2021 at 8:19

Disabling and enabling the touchpad in Settings somehow solves the problem.

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    Not seeing any settings like that Apr 3 at 18:27
  • Go to Settings >> Mouse & Touchpad >> Toggle Touchpad to disable or enable. NOTE: You might need a mouse to control the pointer when the touchpad is disabled. Apr 4 at 9:43
  • Didn't work for me :( May 20 at 13:35

Here's an easy and quick way to do solve the problem:

Just press Alt+F2 and enter the command r. This will be restarting your environment for a while and then everything will work properly.


I'm running into this situation every now and then on my Lenovo laptop. Trackpad suddenly stops working; sometimes the keyboard stops too. I can rescue things a bit with the virtual keyboard. ALt-F-R doesn't solve the problem. Reboots usually restore mouse/keyboard function. Recently, none of this worked, but plugging in the dongle of a Bluetooth mouse (I think) forced a bus rescan and restored mouse/keyboard function.


This just happened to me today with Ubuntu 20.04 5.4.0-100-generic kernel: just restarting the system with "shutdown -r now" fixed the issue.

  • Strange after that update on all 6 of my machines the update required a restart. So are you saying a second restart fixed it?
    – David
    Feb 18 at 15:27
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    This was my problem showup use case: i was playing normally with ubuntu, then suddenly, for no apparent reason, the touchpad was like inexistent. The "sudo rmmod psmouse sudo modprobe psmouse proto=imps" suggested solution was transforming the touchpad in a mouse ie disablind the multitouch features so I didn't like it. Before trying more solutions I just restarted the system for double check and the problem was gone. My 2 cents Feb 21 at 15:10

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