Acer 4810 Laptop touch pad with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS?

Asked by Raindog Raindog on 2011-05-25

Is it possible to use my touch pad on my Acer 4810T laptop running Ubuntu 10.04LTS? If so, what is it I need?

Cheers,

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actionparsnip
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2011-05-26
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Can you give the output of:

lsmod; lsb_release -a

Thanks

Raindog Raindog (circusclone) said : #2

Module Size Used by
nls_iso8859_1 3249 1
nls_cp437 4919 1
nls_utf8 1069 1
vfat 8933 1
fat 47767 1 vfat
isofs 29250 1
binfmt_misc 6587 1
ppdev 5259 0
snd_hda_codec_intelhdmi 11622 1
snd_hda_codec_realtek 203408 1
fbcon 35102 71
tileblit 2031 1 fbcon
font 7557 1 fbcon
bitblit 4707 1 fbcon
softcursor 1189 1 bitblit
vga16fb 11385 0
vgastate 8961 1 vga16fb
snd_hda_intel 22069 4
joydev 8740 0
snd_hda_codec 74201 3 snd_hda_codec_intelhdmi,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel
snd_hwdep 5412 1 snd_hda_codec
snd_pcm_oss 35308 0
snd_mixer_oss 13746 1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_pcm 70694 4 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_pcm_oss
arc4 1153 2
snd_seq_dummy 1338 0
snd_seq_oss 26722 0
snd_seq_midi 4557 0
snd_rawmidi 19056 1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq_midi_event 6003 2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
snd_seq 47263 6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_timer 19098 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
snd_seq_device 5700 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
iwlagn 106911 0
i915 287810 5
snd 54180 20 snd_hda_codec_intelhdmi,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
iwlcore 106050 1 iwlagn
drm_kms_helper 29329 1 i915
uvcvideo 57310 0
acer_wmi 13861 0
usbhid 36110 0
mac80211 205402 2 iwlagn,iwlcore
usb_storage 39841 1
intel_agp 24375 2 i915
drm 162345 6 i915,drm_kms_helper
i2c_algo_bit 5028 1 i915
soundcore 6620 1 snd
led_class 2864 2 iwlcore,acer_wmi
videodev 34361 1 uvcvideo
v4l1_compat 13251 2 uvcvideo,videodev
hid 67096 1 usbhid
psmouse 63245 0
serio_raw 3978 0
atl1c 28083 0
cfg80211 126528 3 iwlagn,iwlcore,mac80211
video 17375 1 i915
snd_page_alloc 7076 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
output 1871 1 video
agpgart 31724 2 intel_agp,drm
lp 7028 0
parport 32635 2 ppdev,lp
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS
Release: 10.04
Codename: lucid

Ok it is using the psmouse module. Try:

sudo modprobe -r psmouse && sudo modprobe psmouse

Does that make it work?

Raindog Raindog (circusclone) said : #4

No I'm afraid not. Would I need to reboot?

Try running:

gksudo gedit /etc/default/grub

Change:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
to:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="i8042.nomux quiet splash"

Save the new file, close gedit and run:

sudo update-grub

Reboot to test.

Raindog Raindog (circusclone) said : #6

Still no joy.

ok remove the boot option and rerun sudo update-grub.

Do you have a shortcut to disable and enable the touchpad?

Raindog Raindog (circusclone) said : #8

There's a button for disabling it. It's definitely set to enable, though I've tried it both ways. Don't know about a keyboard shortcut, I don't think sol

Raindog Raindog (circusclone) said : #9

I can't see anything that looks like a boot option for it.

Are there any bugs reported?

Raindog Raindog (circusclone) said : #11

Nothing has popped up, but I don't know where exactly to look?

run:

gconf-editor

Navigate to:

/desktop/gnome/peripherals/touchpad

Tick:
touchpad_enabled

Should be ok

Raindog Raindog (circusclone) said : #13

That worked. Thank you very much for your help.

Does it survive reboot?

Raindog Raindog (circusclone) said : #15

No, it doesn't survive reboot. If there's a way to make it do so that'll be great. Otherwise I'm satisfied to have a way of enabling it.

Raindog Raindog (circusclone) said : #16

Thanks actionparsnip, that solved my question.

add a startup item to run:

gconftool-2 --set /desktop/gnome/peripherals/touchpad/touchpad_enabled --type=bool true

It will do it automagically at logon

Raindog Raindog (circusclone) said : #18

Thank you, that's perfect.