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I tried what switchcode said in post #8, even had to go to recovery mode, but now Ubuntu doesn't boot. I select it from the boot menu, it starts to boot, then turns off. I am still able to boot to recovery mode, though. Is there a way that I can fix this without a fresh install? I have some important files there, and programs that I don't want to have to reinstall. Any help would be much appreciated.
Restore your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file from the backup you made before editing it. Or it you didn't make a backup, edit it again to get it back to the state it was previously in. Failing that try removing your /etc/X11/xorg.conf (ie rename/mv it).
Finally, if you still can't get it to work, please look in your log files, starting with /var/log/Xorg.0.log (or similar).
Don't stuff with the x.org file. Ubuntu comes pre configured for it. All you have to do is go into the system menu, then go down to mouse settings, and then there's a tab at the top of the window for trackpad. click the tab and in there, their is the apropriate settings that you can edit to suit your needs. (if my mind remembers correctly) (Maverick)
I can't read the contents of the page linked to, in the first post because i'm not a member of the Ubuntu community, and i'm not signing up to read an article. If you edited it, you should be able to edit it back..