Disable Touchpad

Tommy Trussell tommy.trussell at gmail.com
Thu Apr 23 16:00:19 UTC 2009

On Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 6:32 PM, Raquel <raquel at thericehouse.net> wrote:
> On Wed, 22 Apr 2009 17:19:03 -0400
> Shannon McMackin <smcmackin at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Raquel wrote:
>> > My HP G70 has a touchpad that was able to be disabled using the
>> > keyboard switch with Vista installed.  However, with Ubuntu
>> > Intrepid installed the switch does not disable the touchpad.  Is
>> > there any way in Ubuntu to accomplish that task?
>> >
>> Is it a synaptics touchpad?
>> If so, you can install gsynaptics and the xorg driver from wgrant's
>> PPA and have software control.
>> You can always disable it in the BIOS...
> I haven't been able to determine whether it's a synaptics touchpad or
> not.
> Isn't disabling it in the BIOS kind of like using a chainsaw to take
> a speck out of my eye?
> I'm currently using a little program called 'touchfreeze'.  I'll let
> you know how it works out.  So far so good.

If you just want the touchpad disabled while you're typing, you might
also look at syndaemon -- though again it may be synaptics-only.

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