Acer Aspire E1 touch pad not working in Ubuntu 14.

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Using windows in my Acer Aspire in which laptop’s touchpad working fine. Few days ago shifted from windows OS to Ubuntu and touchpad of my laptop is not working. I have again installed windows to see is there any problem in my laptop’s touchpad but in windows it is working fine. Suggest some fix for this problem.

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Acer Aspire E1 touch pad not working in Ubuntu 14.


If your computer’s touchpad is not working on Linux Ubuntu then the problem is obviously the touchpad driver that Linux Ubuntu is using. Unlike in Microsoft Windows where it uses a generic touchpad driver after installing the operating system, I guess with Linux Ubuntu the supposed generic driver is not compatible with your touchpad.

That’s the only possible reason for this. Since the touchpad is not working on Linux Ubuntu, it is possible that the touchpad has not been detected by the operating system. To check if the touchpad has been detected, open a terminal then enter the following command and then press Enter:

  • xinput list

Check the result on the screen after executing the command. In case one of the lines in the message mentions glidepoint or touchpad, probably ALPS or Synaptics, this means your touchpad has been detected. But in case one of the lines states “ADB mouse” then this could mean that your touchpad is old.

If this is the case, try configuring it. Open a terminal then try running any of the following commands and then press Enter to switch between dragging and tapping:

  • sudo trackpad show​
  • sudo trackpad tap
  • sudo trackpad drag

For more information, visit Synaptics Touchpad.

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