I recently installed Ubuntu 10.04 on my Thinkpad T61 and set about disabling the touchpad, which I always find irritating. There seemed to be lots of guides to this, including this one, but none of them seemed to work for me. Eventually I figured some fairly simple steps which did work:
- Install two packages if they aren’t already installed (
gpointing-device-settingsis the more modern version of
gsynapticsand will uninstall it if it’s installed):sudo aptitude install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics gpointing-device-settings
gpointing-device-settingsfrom the command line and select “Touchpad off”, as shown here:
- Exit the tool and reboot.
Written by andrewferrier
June 4th, 2010 at 7:22 am
4 Responses to 'Disabling Synaptics Touchpad with Ubuntu 10.04'
I simply use Fn+F8 after startup to disable the trackpad – Sometimes I like to enable it for other people using it, and thats easy with Fn+F8
Of course I have to do this for every reboot, but thats only about twice a month
Fair enough. I’d never even noticed that shortcut was there!
Actually it wasn’t on my T43p, but is on my W500, so it was new at some point though I have no idea when
Actually, I found that I didn’t have to even reboot, and it worked well. Thanks!
Also, on my Toshiba A-135, I tried to use an extented fn key combo, and couldn’t find one.
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I'm going to have to add this to my list of things to do to Linux Mint 9 (or Ubuntu 10.04)