On my Asus N550KL laptop (running Ubuntu Gnome 14.04), my touchpad is detected as "PS/2 Logitech Wheel Mouse".

xinput outputs:

⎡ Virtual core pointer                      id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ PS/2 Logitech Wheel Mouse                 id=13   [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)]
    ↳ Video Bus                                 id=8    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Sleep Button                              id=9    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ USB2.0 HD UVC WebCam                      id=10   [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Asus WMI hotkeys                          id=11   [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard              id=12   [slave  keyboard (3)]
  • FYI, this is an issue with more Asus laptop models. Last time I looked, a touchpad-specific driver was not yet written for this. – Lekensteyn Oct 23 '14 at 18:07
  • Thxs for the info, but can't this touchpad work with another touchpad driver? I don't know yet how drivers work and are coded, but I heard that there were just a few ones for a large ammount of existing hardware. Btw, I searched and couldn't find any drivers for ubuntu on the internet, only some sources for archlinux but it didnt compile with dkms build... – deb0ch Oct 25 '14 at 10:14
  • The problem with this specific hardware is that so far nobody has stepped up to write the driver. Does this help? askubuntu.com/questions/470388/… – Lekensteyn Oct 25 '14 at 11:14
  • It appears that there is some development activity for this device, see bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1110011#c125 and github.com/mgottschlag/linux/commit/… for technical details. – Lekensteyn Oct 25 '14 at 12:54
  • We need to know which touchpad is used. It seems that OP had a Focaltech, but there could be others, like Elantech or Alps. – Pilot6 May 16 '15 at 22:15

There seem to be a duplicate of the question here:

Touchpad not recognized on Asus N550JK - TP500L (FocalTech)

but since the answer worked for me I will re-post it here:

I finally came to this bug report: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1372609

It seems FocalTech touchpad needs a specific driver, and that work is in progress to integrate it into the mainline kernel.

currently, there seem to be a ppa to get a dkms driver for this touchpad : http://ppa.launchpad.net/hanipouspilot/focaltech-dkms

After trying this, I can confirm the following procedure works :

1. add ppa:

`sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hanipouspilot/focaltech-dkms`

2. update the packages database:

`sudo apt-get update`

3. install the dkms driver:

`sudo apt-get install focaltech-dkms`

4. reboot

The touchpad in now recognized. Two finger scrolling works, for example. Also, the zone where the buttons are won't make the cursor move.

Thanks for the community that retro-engeniered this (Asus just replied "no linux support nor technical information" to a request ! Very bad point to them (see the afore-mentioned bug report)).

(answered by alci, thanks a lot to you if you are reading me)

I just have a few things to add to this:

First, instead of rebooting, you can just run the following commands:

sudo modprobe -r psmouse
sudo modprobe psmouse

which will get it working just right =)

For those running Ubuntu 14.04:

I have not tested it myself, but the first command (sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hanipouspilot/focaltech-dkms) has a very nice verbose and explains the necessary steps for doing that on ubuntu 14.04, with the older kernel version.

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Follow this step by step and you will get it working

Multitouch fix for Alps touchpad

Then execute these lines in terminal:

sudo update-initramfs -u
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  • I tried following that guide on 12.04, but I got this: make KERNELRELEASE=3.5.0-23-generic -C /lib/modules/3.5.0-23-generic/build M=/var/lib/dkms/psmouse/alps-1.3/build/src psmouse.ko....(bad exit status: 2) and then this: ERROR (dkms apport): binary package for psmouse: alps-dst-0.41 not found (I have an Asus X453MA) – joeytwiddle Jun 3 '15 at 11:38

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