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Old 06-15-2008, 12:29 AM   #1
johnzdrummer
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Non-functioning touchpad........making me upset!


I have an Acer Aspire 5315 and the touchpad used to work until I shut the computer down one night after working on it. I restarted the computer a couple of days later to fing that the touchpad no longer worked. What do I do to turn it back on or just make it work again.

Would love the help and glad to help in the future if I can.

Thanks.
 
Old 06-15-2008, 04:10 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ.

Would you mind posting what distro you are using ? Are you sure you didn't change anything before this happened.

As laptop touchpads usually use the psmouse module, and assuming that it is built as a module you can try running this as root to make it work:

Code:
modprobe psmouse
# or if that doesn't work, run
/sbin/modprobe psmouse
Also, you would run these command in a terminal or console such as rxvt or konsole. To log in to root type
Code:
su
then put in your root password. Some distros, notably Ubuntu, use 'sudo' instead of 'su', so you would use that to run it.

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Old 06-15-2008, 05:53 AM   #3
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It's likely nothing to do with the OS: I have an Acer Aspire 5520 and if it's anything like yours, there is a key sequence that turns the pad
on and off. On my computer it is <Fn>+<F7> or look for the key with a finger pointing at a square.

If that doesn't work and you haven't changed anything between then and now (say, a kernel recompile with option changes), I'm not sure what to
say except make sure that "psmouse" is loaded and sees it BEFORE YOU RUN X: X doesn't appear to handle dynamic pointer changes so when switching
from one to another (or from none) you have to restart it. But you didn't mention X so I'm assuming even "dmesg" is empty.

Mike
 
  


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