I have just installed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on my laptop (coming over from Windows) and I have found that most of my hardware works exactly like it did on windows however I have a soft touchpad and I often put a finger on the left click area while I move the touchpad with my right hand.

On Windows this worked perfectly (I could keep my left finger lightly on the touchpad and use my right hand to move the mouse around) but on Ubuntu as soon as I put two fingers on my touchpad the touchpad does not move around anymore (It starts working again once I lift a finger off). It also works if I actually press my left finger to click but not if I just lightly hold my finger on the touchpad. How should I fix this? I know I have a synaptics touchpad. Thanks.

  • What is the model number of your laptop? There may be drivers you need to install and configure since it is a synaptics touchpad. – Kyle H Jan 1 '17 at 15:44
  • I am using an Acer Cloudbook 11, its model number is AO1-131-C9PM. Threre appear to be no special Linux drivers for it. – Abdul Hadi Khan Jan 1 '17 at 16:27
  • There are several posts about getting chrome book touch pads to work using chrubuntu. Could you trey modifying one of those for your model, or use this link to help? wiki.ubuntu.com/DebuggingTouchpadDetection – Kyle H Jan 1 '17 at 16:34
  • @Kyle_H Its not a Chromebook, the name sounds very similar but it came with Windows 10 installed and has never had Linux on it before. – Abdul Hadi Khan Jan 1 '17 at 16:39
  • This post sounds promising, possibly applies to you? Its about 14.04, but the solution could be similar. ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2297290 – Kyle H Jan 1 '17 at 17:10

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