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Thread: Trackpad

  1. #1
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    Trackpad

    Hi,
    Acer Aspire V running Ubuntu 20.04

    I've recently noticed that the trackpad no longer works.
    I actually use a mouse but I'd like to use the trackpad.
    Strangely the touchscreen works.

    Any fixes available?

    Phil
    Ubuntu 18.04 Acer Aspire V CPU 1.6 8 Gb RAM 1Tb

  2. #2
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    Re: Trackpad

    Try the boot option:
    Code:
    i8042.nopnp
    May help

  3. #3
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    Re: Trackpad

    Hi, What do I do with that piece of code.
    It did nothing in Terminal.
    Phil
    Ubuntu 18.04 Acer Aspire V CPU 1.6 8 Gb RAM 1Tb

  4. #4
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    Re: Trackpad

    Run:
    Code:
    sudoedit /etc/default/grub
    change the line
    Code:
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
    to:
    Code:
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash i8042.nopnp"
    Save the new file, close the editor and run:
    Code:
    sudo update-grub
    Reboot to test

  5. #5
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    Re: Trackpad

    Hi, I got stuck on "Save the new file".
    I could make the changes but couldn't see how to save them.
    Phil
    Ubuntu 18.04 Acer Aspire V CPU 1.6 8 Gb RAM 1Tb

  6. #6
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    Re: Trackpad

    Try Ctrl + O, then enter and finish with Ctrl + X

  7. #7
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    Re: Trackpad

    Hi, Now I'm getting this. I think I might give up before I make a huge mistake.

    E325: ATTENTION
    Found a swap file by the name "/etc/default/.grub.swp"
    owned by: root dated: Thu Jan 21 12:55:50 2021
    file name: /etc/default/grub
    modified: YES
    user name: root host name: phil-Aspire-V5-573P
    process ID: 11947
    While opening file "/etc/default/grub"
    dated: Thu Dec 03 09:30:04 2020


    (1) Another program may be editing the same file. If this is the case,
    be careful not to end up with two different instances of the same
    file when making changes. Quit, or continue with caution.
    (2) An edit session for this file crashed.
    If this is the case, use ":recover" or "vim -r /etc/default/grub"
    to recover the changes (see ":help recovery").
    If you did this already, delete the swap file "/etc/default/.grub.swp"
    to avoid this message.
    "/etc/default/grub" 33 lines, 1210 characters
    Ubuntu 18.04 Acer Aspire V CPU 1.6 8 Gb RAM 1Tb

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