Disable touchpad (was: Re: switch off auto-selection of text (or what ever it is called ..))

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Wed Dec 27 08:59:23 UTC 2017

On 27 December 2017 at 09:46, Karl Auer <kauer at biplane.com.au> wrote:
> I've started a new thread as this seemed to have nothing to do with
> autoselection of text.
> There is a settings option to turn your touchpad on and off. It seems
> to be global. It does not affect a mouse, trackball or touchpoint, just
> the touchpad. OR use the same method as given below for a touchpoint,
> making the obvious substitutions.
> To turn your mouse off, unplug it :-)
> To turn off your trackpoint, use xinput list to locate the device, then
> to list the properties of it, then to set the enabled property to off.
> E.g. on my Lenovo:
> xinput list
> ...
> ...AlpsPS/2 ALPS DualPoint Stick id=13 ...
> ...
> xinput -list-props 13
> Device 'AlpsPS/2 ALPS DualPoint Stick':
>         Device Enabled (143):   1
> ...
> xinput -set-prop "AlpsPS/2 ALPS DualPoint Stick" "Device Enabled" 0
> Regards, K.
> PS: Written in haste. Usual provisos.

So you have an Alps driver.

Another poster had a Synaptics driver.

Neither of our Dell owners seems to know what trackpad they have or
what, if any, driver they are using.

As I already said: they need to make sure they're using the right driver.

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