This morning I had a nice surprise when I booted my laptop to Ubuntu 10.10. After the automatic login my mousepad had stopped working. My laptop, a HP Pavilion dv7, has a button to disable the mousepad. This button actually works under Ubuntu, albeit a bit slow. Pressing this a few times did not seem to help.
Apparently my mousepad was disabled before my laptop was shutdown. I did not do this and I still don’t know what caused it. After a little searching I came across a community docs page giving this solution:
$ gconftool-2 –set –type boolean /desktop/gnome/peripherals/touchpad/touchpad_enabled true
ps: The commandline options are double-dashes. My website template seems to convert this…