After upgrading Ubuntu 14.04 -> 14.10 -> 15.04, the Synaptics Touchpad no longer works properly. In 14.04 it was fine, in 14.10 it did not work at all, but in 15.04 it works minimally in that I can do everything except scroll.

The Ubuntu help page says:

Basic Configuration with a Graphical Interface

Ubuntu provides basic configuration of your touchpad options in System -> Preferences -> Mouse, under the Touchpad tab.

Try the touchpad after unchecking the Enable mouse clicks with touchpad check box.

Check operation after Enable horizontal scrolling is checked. This may not have been the default setting.

However, when I open the system configuration tool and select, "Mouse and Touchpad" (I assume that is what System -> Preferences -> Touchpad is referring to), these options don't exist.

If I try to use synclient, I get:

"Couldn't find synaptics properties. No synaptics driver loaded?"

Is there anything I can do to get scrolling working?



  • Search for Additional Drivers in Unity Dash and see if mousepad drivers are available. – TheWanderer Apr 27 '15 at 23:48
  • A search for "additional drivers" in the dash return nothing. Do I need to install something? – Peter Apr 29 '15 at 16:06
  • Ah!! But a search for 'controladores aditionales' returns something :-/ It shows the driver for the wireless card, an unspecified non-functioning device, and nothing else. – Peter Apr 29 '15 at 16:09
  • You might just have to wait for an update. – TheWanderer Apr 29 '15 at 16:43
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    This fixes it for a single session: peter@peter-HP-Pavilion-15-Notebook-PC:~$ sudo rmmod psmouse peter@peter-HP-Pavilion-15-Notebook-PC:~$ sudo modprobe -v psmouse insmod /lib/modules/3.16.0-34-generic/kernel/drivers/input/mouse/psmouse.ko peter@peter-HP-Pavilion-15-Notebook-PC:~$ Can't find any way of making it permanent, though. – Peter Apr 29 '15 at 19:59

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