View Full Version : [ubuntu] Cannot change touchpad preferences or load synaptic

May 11th, 2011, 01:11 AM
This is for Lucid Lynx, using a new HP Pavilion g6 laptop:

My touchpad is working just fine -- including touchpad features, but I haven't been able to update any touchpad settings. "Mouse Preferences" doesn't show a "Touchpad" tab, and gsynaptics says I need to set SHMConfig to true in xorg.

From synclient -l I get: "Couldn't find synaptics properties. No synaptics driver loaded?"

From syndaemon I get: "Unable to find a synaptics device."

Here is the relevant section of my /usr/lib/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-synaptics.conf:

Section "InputClass"
Identifier "touchpad catchall"
Driver "synaptics"
MatchIsTouchpad "on"
MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
Option "SMHConfig" "true"

I've tried a variety of solutions I've found through many Google search, but I have not been able to get anything to work. If anyone here could help, they'd be a godsend! I'm so tired of the touchpad being so sensitive that it keeps moving my pointer position when I type.

May 11th, 2011, 10:13 PM
Oh, one thing I almost forgot -- here's the result of my xinput -list:

⎡ Virtual core pointer id=2 [master pointer (3)]
⎜ ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer id=4 [slave pointer (2)]
⎜ ↳ PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad id=11 [slave pointer (2)]
⎜ ↳ Macintosh mouse button emulation id=12 [slave pointer (2)]
⎣ Virtual core keyboard id=3 [master keyboard (2)]
↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard id=5 [slave keyboard (3)]
↳ Power Button id=6 [slave keyboard (3)]
↳ Video Bus id=7 [slave keyboard (3)]
↳ Power Button id=8 [slave keyboard (3)]
↳ HP Webcam-101 id=9 [slave keyboard (3)]
↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard id=10 [slave keyboard (3)]

Which shows that my touchpad has been identified (most of the stuff I've found online doesn't identify the touchpad -- those solutions haven't been of any help to me)

Sam Lars
May 24th, 2011, 11:04 PM
Maybe you already found this, but it has some good info:
Also, of course, you could try Natty, the latest Ubuntu version, to see if it works any differently.
I'm having the same thing on a different laptop... from the above guide, it is evidently a problem with HAL.