I'm using a laptop with built-in touch-pad that works in Windows 7. But after I switched to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, it's not working now.

  • can you check whether it is on? more info here: askubuntu.com/questions/257035/…
    – don.joey
    Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 12:05
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    I have enable it, but it's still not working.
    – Herks
    Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 12:11
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    I had a similar issue on 12.04.02. Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open a terminal and paste those commands to check if they solve your problem: sudo modprobe -r psmouse && sudo modprobe psmouse proto=imps
    – Salem
    Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 13:19
  • @Salem please turn your comment info an answer..
    – don.joey
    Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 14:08

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This seems to be a bug in 12.04.2. As stated in comments, a simple fix would be unloading the mouse driver and load it again like this:

sudo modprobe -r psmouse
sudo modprobe psmouse proto=imps

This only keeps the touchpad working on this session. To make it permanent one can create a file like /etc/modprobe.d/psmouse.conf (you can choose the name you want, but you must keep the extension) with the following content:

options psmouse proto=imps
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    This still happens in 14.04 but this fix still fixes it although I can't get it to execute on start of the machine so I am currently stuck running it manually each time...
    – Ed Bishop
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 16:40
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    This just helped years late on Ubuntu 15.10
    – Andrew
    Commented Nov 7, 2015 at 3:13
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    2016 still same bug and this fixed it
    – D.Snap
    Commented Apr 16, 2016 at 23:38
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    I came across this issue upgrading from 16.04 to 18.04 on a Dell XPS 13. However: The edit to add psmouse.conf does not work, the fix does not stick after a reboot.
    – irwinr
    Commented Jul 6, 2018 at 7:50
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    Had the same issue with 18.04 on Dell XPS 13. Unloading psmouse removes scrolling and stuff though :(
    – David Yell
    Commented Dec 14, 2018 at 20:01

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