Ubuntu – Dell vostro laptop, ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS, touchpad not working


I have DELL machine with UBUNTU 18.04.3 LTS operating system. I did a routine software update, when prompted by Ubuntu to update itself. And post it, I did a restart. After the restart my touchpad stopped responding.

PLEASE NOTE: i have a dual boot machine, with windows and ubuntu. And on windows touchpad seems to work fine.

I followed this link
Touchpad not working on Ubuntu 18.04
. And I tried everything mentioned in that link but nothing seems to help me. My touchpad still remains unresponsive.

Following are output of xinput

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As, you can see in the above image it is able to detect Synaptics
TM3108-002 (synaptic touchpad) but yet the touchpad is still unresponsive

Also when I do a apt list –installed , I do see xserver-xorg-input-synaptics and xserver-xorg-input-all

Can someone please help me out with making my touchpad responsive again. It is so painful to work on a laptop with unresponsive touchpad.

Best Answer

  • So, I found the solution here in the links posted above by @guiverc. So system update to kernel 4.15.0-72-generic made the synaptic touchpad unresponsive. So for the time being you can do one of the two things , you can either reboot your system with kernel 4.5.0-70-generic or follow the solution at this link https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1854798/comments/11

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mapengyu/bionic-oem
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt install linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-73-generic linux-modules-4.15.0-73-generic linux-modules-extra-4.15.0-73-generic

    and do a system restart after the above