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Old 02-08-2020, 03:29 PM   #1
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where are trackpad settings?


I only see mouse settings - no trackpad. Is there someplace to find it or is there a download? 1 laptop works great and the other is sketchy. mouse works great but i do not always use a mouse. Thanks.
 
Old 02-08-2020, 06:23 PM   #2
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You're missing some important details to help us help you:

1. Distribution and version information
Code:
cat /etc/os-release
2. Kernel version
Code:
uname -r
3. To obtain input device info, run the following commands in a terminal
Code:
xinput list
Find the line in the output pertaining to your touchpad (even when reported as a mouse) eg for device 10 you would do
Code:
xinput list-props 10
Code:
dmesg |grep -i "input"
It can be the case that newer touchpad devices are not fully supported by the current running kernel, and will often be treated as a basic mouse device instead. That is why I asked for the kernel version and touchpad hardware details. Sometimes, installing a newer kernel is required to gain the necessary support.
 
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Old 02-08-2020, 06:40 PM   #3
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installing xserver-xorg-input-synaptics helped me with some trackpad issues like vertical scrolling and tap to click.
 
Old 02-08-2020, 06:43 PM   #4
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xinput list

Command 'xinput' not found, but can be installed with:

sudo apt install xinput

got that - i am running bodhi 5 by the way.
 
Old 02-08-2020, 07:28 PM   #5
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Where's the requested output? Don't leave us to speculate please.
 
Old 02-08-2020, 07:49 PM   #6
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cat /etc/os-release
NAME="Ubuntu"
VERSION="18.04.4 LTS (Bionic Beaver)"
ID=ubuntu
ID_LIKE=debian
PRETTY_NAME="Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS"
VERSION_ID="18.04"
HOME_URL="https://www.ubuntu.com/"
SUPPORT_URL="https://help.ubuntu.com/"
BUG_REPORT_URL="https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/"
PRIVACY_POLICY_URL="https://www.ubuntu.com/legal/terms-and-policies/privacy-policy"
VERSION_CODENAME=bionic
UBUNTU_CODENAME=bionic


uname -r
4.15.0-20-generic


sorry i thought it was going to mean bodhi 5 so that is why i did not run it.
 
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Old 02-08-2020, 10:54 PM   #7
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....and the touchpad hardware details? The xinput and dmesg commands I gave earlier would give us that information.

Some guidance for you...
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DebuggingTou...debugging_tips
https://askubuntu.com/questions/1109...in-my-notebook

At the very least you could post the output of
Code:
cat /proc/bus/input/devices

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Old 02-09-2020, 06:56 AM   #8
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listen, i appreciate your help but i am hesitant from eearlier past experiences running commands i have no clue what the heck i am doing. been there and done that 15 years ago with forum help that 75% of the time crashed my laptops. so don't be nasty; i was just being cautious and hesitant to run stuff.
 
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Old 02-09-2020, 08:19 AM   #9
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cautious can certainly be prudent since it is your system that will have to be cleaned up if it gets messy. do you have any questions about the commands you have been asked to run? dmesg shows some system info and cat just displays file text in your terminal so those are usually fairly benign to run if asked. they don't start any other processes.

for example, my trackpad shows up after running dmesg | grep -i "input" as:
input: SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad as /devices/platform/i8042/serio1/input/input5
 
Old 02-09-2020, 08:24 AM   #10
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ok thank you!

xinput list-props 10

Command 'xinput' not found, but can be installed with:

sudo apt install xinput

dmesg |grep -i "input" doesn't come back with any response but goes back to commnd prompt. tried it 2x.
 
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listen, i appreciate your help but i am hesitant from eearlier past experiences running commands i have no clue what the heck i am doing. been there and done that 15 years ago with forum help that 75% of the time crashed my laptops. so don't be nasty; i was just being cautious and hesitant to run stuff.
??? No one is being nasty. None of the above commands do anything other than elicit definitive information about your system. Remember we're not over your shoulder to look for ourselves. If you follow the link to the Ubuntu wiki I gave (post #7), it will also show you how to diagnose this for yourself with similar steps/commands.

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Old 02-09-2020, 11:59 AM   #12
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ok thank you!

xinput list-props 10

Command 'xinput' not found, but can be installed with:

sudo apt install xinput
It is asking you to install the 'xinput' package (that is why the command is not found). Do
Code:
sudo apt install xinput
The device '10' was just an example. You need to run
Code:
xinput list
first, and from that determine which ID pertains to the touchpad device (if any). Then you run 'xinput list-props <numeric device ID>'

As mentioned before you can also do
Code:
cat /proc/bus/input/devices
to get a list of Xorg input devices registered in the system.

BTW, when posting output, it's best if you enclose it within CODE tags (refer to the '#' button in the advanced forum editor).

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Old 02-21-2020, 06:29 AM   #13
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installing xserver-xorg-input-synaptics helped me with some trackpad issues like vertical scrolling and tap to click.
This is also what I use to get synaptics and tap to click - very easy. Just type this in the terminal

sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

after hitting return then

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

(hit return after both)

Then you need to reboot for it to become effective :-). Don't worry it can't do any harm. I am also limited in my knowledge of terminal commands.
 
  


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