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I'd like to disable hardware buttons on the synaptic touchpad, but still be able to use the touchpad and "tap"-click on its surface. I don't find the related options in the output of synclient -l.

Note that I don't want to disable the touchpad completely. Only to make it ignore the hardware buttons, but still respond to taps.

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  • What you get when you type synclient -l in terminal.
    – karthick87
    Dec 7, 2010 at 10:52
  • pastebin.com/bcgKwqyG
    – sastanin
    Dec 7, 2010 at 11:24
  • I have updated my answer,have a look at it.
    – karthick87
    Dec 7, 2010 at 12:32
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    My question is not how to disable it completely, only how to disable its hardware buttons.
    – sastanin
    Dec 7, 2010 at 23:07
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    This should be retagged with synaptics; synaptic (without the final s) is the graphical package manager that comes with Ubuntu, while Synaptics is a type of touchpad.
    – dgw
    Dec 16, 2010 at 1:58

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Filed a bug against gpointing-device-settings #793440. It seems impossible to do what I want with the current version of the software. Question closed.

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This will disable the hardware buttons and the "tap" feature, but you will be able to move the pointer:

1) Create this file:

gedit ~/.Xmodmap  

2) Paste this into it:

pointer = 0 0 0  

3) Logout and log back in, or reboot, or run this:

xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap  

To get it back to normal:

1) Edit the file:

gedit ~/.Xmodmap  

2) And change to:

pointer = default  

3) Logout and log back in, or reboot, or run this:

xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap  

4) If this file doesn't have anything else, then you can delete it after step "3":

rm ~/.Xmodmap  
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    Won't this disable mouse clicks altogether, regardless of origin?
    – poolie
    Apr 14, 2011 at 2:03
  • :-/ You probably right, I will check that when I get to my computer (I'm on mobile now).
    – desgua
    Apr 14, 2011 at 10:35
  • Were you able to check whether this worked?
    – belacqua
    Apr 17, 2011 at 1:35
  • Sorry. It disables the hardware buttons AND the touchpad tap. I am searching for a better solution.
    – desgua
    Apr 17, 2011 at 1:54
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Disabling Touchpad:

Press Alt+F2 and type gconf-editor and click Run.

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Navigate to desktop>gnome>peripherals>touchpad,in the right panel uncheck the entry touchpad_enabled.

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Now your touchpad will be disabled.

To turn off touchpad completely install gpointing-device-settings Install gpointing-device-settings. After installation you can access it under System > Preferences > Touchpad

UPDATE:

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