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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:

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ps: The commandline options are double-dashes. My website template seems to convert this…