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Old 10-14-2015, 10:10 AM   #1
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touchpad on Dell laptop doesn't work


Greetings. I just purchased a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series, uninstalled Windows, successfully installed Linux Mint 17.1 Everything works including the touchscreen, except the touchpad. Sure, I added a mouse but it takes up a USB port.
I have tried various fixes involving the grub default file without success. All of Dell's drivers listed on their site for touchpad are intended for Windows. I have heard that Debian or someone has a fix for this, a way to enable drivers designed for Windows to function under Linux. Or any advice would be appreciated.
 
Old 10-14-2015, 08:04 PM   #2
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I guess this is what you tried already? (It describes booting with particular kernel boot parameters applied)

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopi...0640&p=1043334
http://askubuntu.com/questions/59292...nsive-touchpad

FWIW, the touchpad support issue is described in this blog as well

http://alloutput.com/amateur-radio/n...-no-5748.html/

What is reported by the following?
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xinput list
 
Old 10-15-2015, 12:51 AM   #3
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xinput --list
Virtual core pointer id=2 [master pointer (3)]
Virtual core XTEST pointer id=4 [slave pointer (2)]
Logitech Unifying Device. Wireless PID:400a id=11 [slave pointer (2)]
id=12 [slave pointer (2)]
ELAN Touchscreen id=13 [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)]
Power Button id=8 [slave keyboard (3)]
Sleep Button id=9 [slave keyboard (3)]
Integrated_Webcam_HD id=10 [slave keyboard (3)]
AT Translated Set 2 keyboard id=14 [slave keyboard (3)]
Dell WMI hotkeys id=15 [slave keyboard (3)]
 
Old 10-15-2015, 02:02 PM   #4
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You should always use code tags when posting output to preserve the formatting. Your touchpad device doesnt appear in the output, unlike the pages I linked to (two of which discuss the same model), so it may need to be enabled first? Is this a dual boot machine? (If so, does the touchpad work there?)
 
Old 10-15-2015, 06:13 PM   #5
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From all I can tell, I enabled the touchpad properly in Preferences. The fact that it doesn't show up in the xinput list is bad, right? It means the system is not recognizing the touchpad at all. When I bought the Dell Inspiron 15 5555, it came with Windows 10. I never even booted it with Windows, but copied over the Windows partition with Linux Mint 17, and after some juggling got the system to run properly except for the touchpad (the touchscreen works :-). Am I being punished somehow for erasing Windows before it had identified devices and turned on the proper BIOS switches? I am speculating out of my league here...this problem is not urgent because I can function with a Logitech mouse, but it is a curious puzzle: how do we force the system to recognize the touchpad device and assign it an IRQ?
Thanks for responding.
 
Old 10-15-2015, 07:36 PM   #6
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Well, I guess the first thing you could check the BIOS to see if the touchpad can be disabled/enabled from there. Even if it wasn't supported by a kernel driver, it should be enumerated by xinput AFAIU.
 
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Just in case you've booted with kernel boot parameters that may have influenced the touchpad status (although unlikely), check/post the output of the following
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cat /proc/cmdline
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lsmod|grep i2c
 
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Old 10-16-2015, 02:15 PM   #8
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#Despite the prompt, the machine is a Dell Inspiron 15 5555
#The i8042 stuff was added to the cmdline as suggested on linux forums
robert@robert-Satellite-L675D ~ $ cat /proc/cmdline
BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-3.13.0-24-generic root=UUID=d311c786-8500-4b6b-a714-6e397bf004cf ro i8042.nomux=1 locale=fr_FR i8042.reset quiet splash i8042.nopnp
#This command is to list the driver modules? What does the output tell me?
#I see you told grep to search the output for i2c, but why?
robert@robert-Satellite-L675D ~ $ lsmod|grep i2c
i2c_piix4 22155 0
robert@robert-Satellite-L675D ~ $

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Old 10-16-2015, 04:34 PM   #9
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I would remove those 'i8042.' boot options again, reboot, and examine the xinput output again.
 
Old 10-19-2015, 09:25 PM   #10
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A reasonable suggestion...I tried it, remembering to update-grub before rebooting. xinput has no touchpad that I recognize:
robert@robert-Satellite-L675D ~ $ xinput --list
Virtual core pointer id=2 [master pointer (3)]
Virtual core XTEST pointer id=4 [slave pointer (2)]
Logitech Unifying Device. Wireless PID:400a id=11 [slave pointer (2)]
id=12 [slave pointer (2)]
ELAN Touchscreen id=13 [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)]
Power Button id=8 [slave keyboard (3)]
Sleep Button id=9 [slave keyboard (3)]
Integrated_Webcam_HD id=10 [slave keyboard (3)]
AT Translated Set 2 keyboard id=14 [slave keyboard (3)]
Dell WMI hotkeys id=15 [slave keyboard (3)]
robert@robert-Satellite-L675D ~ $
 
Old 10-19-2015, 10:02 PM   #11
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You could always try running a newer kernel on Mint using one of Extons builds.

http://www.exton.se/?p=437

Up to you though. My Dell XT2 touchscreen runs OK on a 4.2 kernel.
Everything is seen and works, including touchscreen (I use onboard). But I do not use Linux Mint on it. Instead I run the below

https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/s...6396/#msg16396
 
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Old 10-26-2015, 08:48 PM   #12
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Thanks, I installed the new kernel; no help. I fear it is a driver problem, and Dell only provides touchpad drivers for Windows and Macs. In the past I heard of a hack around this, but I've forgotten...
 
Old 10-26-2015, 09:01 PM   #13
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Just a stupid question, but since noone has asked it, did you make sure that xserver-xorg-input-synaptics is installed?
 
Old 10-27-2015, 02:01 AM   #14
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No one asked because 'xinput list' doesn't even report a touchpad device present (as would be expected).
 
Old 10-30-2015, 12:49 AM   #15
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I am running Fedora 22 and having the same issue. USB mouse works and gets me by.
 
  


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