I know that my touchpad is capable of it. I can enable glitch-free two-finger scrolling by running this script:

#! /bin/sh

synclient VertTwoFingerScroll=1
synclient HorizTwoFingerScroll=1
synclient EmulateTwoFingerMinW=10
synclient EmulateTwoFingerMinZ=48

However, in the "Mouse" preferences GUI, the "two-finger scrolling" option is greyed out. It worked fine on my old laptop.

Here is the output of sudo lshw -sanitize, if it makes a difference.

  • What version of Ubuntu are you running? And what laptop is this? – Mussnoon Nov 23 '10 at 13:18
  • It's Ubuntu 10.10 on a Dell Studio XPS 16 (but I've had this problem since at least 10.04). You can see the details of my hardware in the lshw output that I posted. – Matthew Nov 23 '10 at 16:00
  • Please use the synaptics tag instead of synaptic to put your question in the list of Synaptics (touchpad) questions, rather than with the Synaptic Package Manager questions. (Oh how I long to have 200 rep so I can just do this housekeeping myself.) – dgw Dec 16 '10 at 2:06
  • @Voyagerfan5761: Done. Good call, I was wondering why there were so many questions about touchpads. – Matthew Dec 16 '10 at 5:43
  • There are enough touchpad questions. I asked one myself. They can be finicky little buggers. Glad you found my suggestion useful. :) – dgw Dec 16 '10 at 5:56

This is my understanding of it. Ubuntu doesn't have support for the Synaptics touchpad officially out of the box, so what that script does is it emulates the multi-touch. I think. I don't know for sure, but that is my understanding of that. (I myself have a Synapatics trackpad on my Asus Eee PC, so I've spent a far amount of time working on this.)


Press Alt+F2, write gconf-editor, it will open gconf-editor, go to destkop, gnome, peripherals, touchpad and type 2 for the variable "scroll_method". The option will stay grayed but two finger scroll will be enable. Works for me.

  • I'm afraid this doesn't work for me. It's ok though--I've got two-finger scrolling working, I just want to know why I couldn't do it from the GUI. – Matthew Nov 24 '10 at 20:05
  • There's no variable named "scroll_method". – user Oct 7 '14 at 13:26

I don't have a laptop to test it with, but I recently stumbled upon this site: http://stuffivelearned.org/doku.php?id=os:linux:general:synapticstouchtricks

Perhaps this helps you.

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