Whenever I use my touchpad and don't have my mouse with me, it stops working after about 10 - 15 minutes. If I try to move it it hangs a lot and moves a few pixels, really slow. TouchpadOff is set to 2 and whenever I set it to 0 with synclient TouchpadOff=0 it stays at 0 until I try to move the mouse with the touchpad and then goes back to 2. Any help?

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This always works for me to bring it back.

In terminal:

sudo modprobe -r psmouse
sudo modprobe psmouse

As far as I can tell, xorg kills the touchbad (see DebuggingTouchpadDetection) because it is buggy. Still investigating how to avoid this from happening.

  • Thanks for your answer. I kind of gave up on this but I'll try it next time I don't have my mouse available.
    – FreeLine
    Aug 9, 2017 at 14:21
  • Unfortunately this did not fix the problem.
    – FreeLine
    Aug 15, 2017 at 16:52

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