I bought my Inspiron M5030 in early 2011 and set it up to dual boot with Ubuntu and
windows. I only use windows for the few applications I can't get to run reliably on Ubuntu. (Thank you Netflix desktop)

Last September I upgraded to 12.04 and have been going with that since with no significant problems.

Now as near as I can tell, over the last week or so my touchpad has been giving out on me. I get no response from it at all.

If I reboot 'sometimes' it will work for a few seconds before it dies again. Most times it stays dead.

However if I plug in my Logitech wireless mouse or my Favi Wireless keyboard, they both work just fine.

Also if I boot Windows, the touchpad will work fine as well. So, I don't think it's a hardware problem.

My best guess is something changed during one of the updates.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?