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Mon, Mar 14, 2016 10:39 pm

Correcting an issue with the touchpad not working under Ubuntu 12.04

When I booted an eMachines 250-1162 netbook running Ubuntu 12.04 today, I was able to tab between fields on a webpage, but the touchpad was not working - I could not move the mouse pointer. I hit the Ctrl-Alt-F2 keys simultaneously to obtain a console window where I entered the following command:
$ gksudo modprobe -r psmouse

(gksudo:2607): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display:

I then switched back to the graphical user interface (GUI) console by hitting Ctrl-Alt-F7. I was then able to move the mouse pointer using the touchpad.

References:

  1. Resetting the mouse in Ubuntu
    Date: August 1, 2015
    MoonPoint Support

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