I have successfully installed Ubuntu on my Aspire E3 112 and after a bit of fannying around with setting a System Password in the BIOS and trusting the Grub2 EFI settings, I have a stable system that boots in to both Ubuntu and Windows 8.1 with Bing.

BUT

The right click doesn't work on the Synaptic Touchpad.

No matter where I click on the touchpad it is recognised as a left click. Grrrrrr

I've tried installing the GPointing Device Setting but there aren't any config settings for right click.

I've heard that Synaptics have a product (Synaptics Gesture Suite for Linux - SGS-L) but it's only available to OEM suppliers.

Has anybody else encountered this?

Has anybody got any suggestions worth trying or somewhere I can find a driver/application that will work?

I have run xinput and have the following printed for core pointer:

Virtual core pointer is=2 [master pointer (3)]

Virtual core XTEST pointer id=4 [slave pointer (2)]

SYN1B7D:01 06CB:2991 UNKNOWN id=11 [slave pointer (2)]

Just add:

Option "ClickPad"         "true"
Option "EmulateMidButtonTime" "0"

in /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf

Something like this:

Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "Default clickpad buttons"
        MatchDriver "synaptics"
        Option "ClickPad"         "true"
        Option "EmulateMidButtonTime" "0"
        Option "SoftButtonAreas" "50% 0 82% 0 0 0 0 0"
        Option "SecondarySoftButtonAreas" "58% 0 0 15% 42% 58% 0 15%"
EndSection
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A very kind person on the Acer Community Forum supplied me with a doc for ArchLinux and Synaptics Touchpads that has proven quite educational (always good).

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Touchpad_Synaptics#Buttonless_TouchPads_.28aka_ClickPads.29

xinput list-props "SYN1B7D:01 06CB:2991 UNKNOWN" | grep Capabilities

Gives me the following: Synaptics Capabilities (295): 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0

WHich shows, by the 3rd digit being 0, that I have no physical right button.

There are quite a few options using xorg to re-map the mouse buttons in the doc that don't look too difficult but I think I will give using a double finger click a go and see how I get on.

Here is what worked for me in Ubuntu 14.10

  1. Open a terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T and use the following command:

    sudo nautilus
    

This will open a window with sudo privileges and allow you to change and save root files.

  1. Find and open the file: /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf

  2. Locate the paragraph:

    # This option enables the bottom right corner to be a right button on clickpads
    # and the right and middle top areas to be right / middle buttons on clickpads
    # with a top button area.
    # This option is only interpreted by clickpads.
      Section "InputClass"
         Identifier "Default clickpad buttons"
         MatchDriver "synaptics"
         Option "SoftButtonAreas" "50% 0 82% 0 0 0 0 0"
         Option "SecondarySoftButtonAreas" "58% 0 0 15% 42% 58% 0 15%"
       EndSection
    
  3. Add two extra lines before Option "SoftButtonAreas" "50% 0 82% 0 0 0 0 0" :

         Option "ClickPad"         "true"
         Option "EmulateMidButtonTime" "0"
    

(first one enables right click and the second middle click)

  1. Now save the changes and Log out/Log in. The right click should be working now!

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