Jun 28, 2010

Disabling Synaptics Touchpad with Ubuntu 10.04 at Andrew Ferrier

Disabling Synaptics Touchpad with Ubuntu 10.04

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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:

  1. Install two packages if they aren’t already installed (gpointing-device-settings is the more modern version of gsynaptics and will uninstall it if it’s installed):
    sudo aptitude install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics gpointing-device-settings
  2. Start gpointing-device-settings from the command line and select “Touchpad off”, as shown here:
  3. 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'

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  1. 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 :)

    Anton Piatek

    4 Jun 10 at 08:06:22

  2. Fair enough. I’d never even noticed that shortcut was there!


    4 Jun 10 at 08:06:02

  3. 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

    Anton Piatek

    5 Jun 10 at 16:06:14

  4. 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. :(

    Randy Noseworthy

    28 Jun 10 at 21:06:07

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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)

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