Touchpad not working after login – Ubuntu 10.10

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…

5 thoughts on “Touchpad not working after login – Ubuntu 10.10”

  1. thank you… this code saved me a lot of frustrations today… now to figure out what disabled the mouse in the first place.

  2. Glad to be of help. I still haven’t got a clue why it disabled for me as well.

    If you do, please let me know. My guess is that something just went wrong after installing an update.

  3. Just had to comment and say thank you. Cat walked across my keyboard computer never got reset and it somehow just stopped working, but hey the code worked wonderfully thank you.

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