Re: HP touchpad/mousepad not working anymore :(
Hi, I was having the same issue. I believe that the Synaptics touchpad driver and Gnome both disable the touchpad individually. For some reason, Gnome (in particular gnome-settings-daemon) fails to re-enable it; which is why you end up with a dead touchpad, once you disable it.
Here is what fixed it for me (HP Pavilion DV6730ec):
First of all, open a terminal. Press Alt+F1 to open the applications menu and choose the Terminal application from the accessories or use an external mouse to so.
To bring your touchpad back to life, enter the following command:
The key "/desktop/gnome/peripherals/touchpad/touchpad_enabled" is where gnome-settings-daemon remembers that you disabled your touchpad. This is the reason, why it is disabled even after a reboot.
gconftool --type bool --set /desktop/gnome/peripherals/touchpad/touchpad_enabled true
The issue will re-appear, next time you disable your touchpad. You need to prevent gnome-settings-daemon from disabling your touchpad in the first place, because the Synaptics touchpad driver does this already. To do so, run the following command in a terminal:
This dissociates the key to lock your touchpad from gnome-settings-daemon.
gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/gnome_settings_daemon/keybindings/touchpad ""
Hope this helps. I recommend rebooting after this procedure and check if this really fixed it for good. I noticed that the error only occurs only once after a reboot.
You also might be interested in this Ubuntu bug tracker entry: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...7?comments=all
Last edited by quirks; June 25th, 2010 at 01:06 PM.
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