on my L460 thinkpad neither the trackpoint nor the trackpad work. I am only able to use the gui with an external mouse connected.

I tried with the kernels 4.5 rc 4, 4.5 rc 6, 4.2.0 16 and 4.2.0 30.

Am I missing something I can do about it? Will try latest 4.4 kernel in a few.

(latest synaptics package is installed and the xinput list is not showing a pointing device)

Thanks in advance.

  • no trackpoint or touchpad on 4.4.2 either
    – Matt
    Feb 29, 2016 at 18:17
  • On both of my Lenovos, the trackpad can be enabled and disabled in the BIOS. How about yours?
    – chili555
    Feb 29, 2016 at 19:41
  • thank you, I did not check that but as the trackpad and touchpoint were fine in windows 7 I suppose they are enabled. b4shyou provided an answer I wasn't hoping for but works as a workaround. On the other hand I am not able now to troubleshoot with the kernel...
    – Matt
    Mar 1, 2016 at 12:07

3 Answers 3


Modifying the file /etc/default/grub and inserting i8042.reset in the quote on the line starting with GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT. Then save your modification and start sudo update-grub. It should work.

  • This works! May I ask what is i8042.reset actually doing? Apr 30, 2016 at 2:57

I had the same problem

Get yourself a windows installation usb stick and then start installing windows. The first screen lets you choose your language. There you can check if the touchpad works. Just move the mouse a little. Then halt and start installing ubuntu. Now it worked for me

I hope that works for you too =) Greets

  • yes, thank you. it worked somehow. This was not the solution I was hoping for but at least the laptop is usable on the go. Do you have any good xorg.conf.d files to make the trackpoint more usable?
    – Matt
    Mar 1, 2016 at 12:06
  • nice to hear that Unfortunately, I dont have any xorg confs atm
    – b4shyou
    Mar 1, 2016 at 15:10
  • Did you know: as soon as you plug the power by pulling the battery the trackpoint and touchpad support is gone again.. will try later if I am able to revive with antoher go on the windows usb stick..
    – Matt
    Mar 1, 2016 at 17:01


$ synclient TouchPadOff=0

worked. I'm not yet sure, whether it is necessary to add this to ~/.profile as described in my source http://thinkwiki.de/Debian_Schnelleinstieg#Touchpad_deaktivieren (german).

  • Configuring hardware that's not detected is unlikely to work. Apr 8, 2016 at 8:59

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