Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 01-22-2009, 12:35 PM   #1
Registered: May 2003
Location: Oslo, Norway
Distribution: Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Posts: 655

Rep: Reputation: 40
Does the kernel recognize my touchpad?


How can I check if the kernel recognizes my touchpad? It's currently not working, and from what I can see in /proc/bus/input/devices it doesn't seem like the kernel know about the touchpad at all. Isn't is so that all devices connected to the computer should be listed here, even though they're not active (i.e. the drivers and such are not loaded)?
Old 01-22-2009, 01:40 PM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: Mar 2004
Distribution: SusE 8.2
Posts: 5,863
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
It sounds like it's probably not.

Take a look here (or Google for similar pages):

Other troubleshooting tips (besides looking in "/proc/bus/input/devices", which was definitely a good idea) include:

* dmesg
* lspci (for board-based h/w)
* lsusb (for USB devices)

'Hope that helps .. PSM
Old 01-23-2009, 01:29 AM   #3
Registered: May 2003
Location: Oslo, Norway
Distribution: Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Posts: 655

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 40
Thanks for the advice. I'll check out that link in a few days.
I've actually already tried those commands you mentioned, but with no sign of any touchpad.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Kernel doesn't recognize my touchpad? kenneho Linux - Newbie 1 11-06-2008 02:10 PM
2.6.11 kernel and touchpad polrus Linux - Laptop and Netbook 2 03-08-2005 04:07 AM
Tapping with Touchpad with Kernel 2.6 Dave Choy Linux - Laptop and Netbook 7 07-17-2004 09:37 AM
Synaptics touchpad with kernel 2.6.7 Toscana Linux - Hardware 2 07-03-2004 10:19 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:13 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration