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    Can't right click while touching touchpad

    I have a new laptop (Asus X55A). When I try to right click while touching the touchpad, it counts as a left click. It doesn't even matter if I'm moving the cursor, any contact on the touchpad results in any click--left or right--registering as a left click. Is there any way to fix this? I am running Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS 64-bit. Thanks.

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    Re: Can't right click while touching touchpad

    Just to clarify- are you pressing a physical button on the touchpad to click, or are you tapping the pad itself?
    Please also post the output of

    Code:
    xinput
    Thanks!

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    Re: Can't right click while touching touchpad

    I am clicking the physical buttons, but they are part of the touchpad--i.e. they are sensitive, so if I move my finger along the buttons it moves the cursor. It looks like this. And clicking the right button works normally, as long as I am not touching the touchpad in any other place at the same time.

    Code:
    administrator@X55A:~$ xinput
    ⎡ Virtual core pointer                        id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
    ⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                  id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
    ⎜   ↳ ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad                    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)]
        ↳ Sleep Button                                id=8    [slave  keyboard (3)]
        ↳ ASUS USB2.0 Webcam                          id=9    [slave  keyboard (3)]
        ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard                id=11    [slave  keyboard (3)]
        ↳ Asus WMI hotkeys                            id=10    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    Thanks.

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    Re: Can't right click while touching touchpad

    Hm, try running

    Code:
    synclient PalmDetect=1
    or

    Code:
    synclient FingerHigh=50

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    Re: Can't right click while touching touchpad

    synclient PalmDetect=1 did nothing. synclient FingerHigh=50 made the touchpad very unresponsive (my USB mouse is unaffected), but didn't fix the right click issue.

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    Re: Can't right click while touching touchpad

    Well, run

    Code:
    synclient FingerHigh=30
    To reset that.

    I suppose you could try disabling tap to click?

    Code:
    synclient TapButton1=1

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    Re: Can't right click while touching touchpad

    That didn't seem to change anything. I'm thinking it might just be a hardware issue that can't be changed... but if you have any more ideas I'd love to hear them. Either way thanks for trying.

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    Re: Can't right click while touching touchpad

    Must not be thinking right. It's

    Code:
    synclient TapButton1=0
    1 means on, 0 means off.

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    Re: Can't right click while touching touchpad

    Still no change.

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    Re: Can't right click while touching touchpad

    I don't know if messing around with other synclient commands will help or not. You can try. Running

    Code:
    synclient
    will bring up a list of available commands/settings.
    Alternately, you can set it so that a two-finger tap equals right click (this is how I set all my laptops). The command is

    Code:
    synclient TapButton2=3

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