[SATLUG] how to turn off touchpad

Art Daddona art at but-is-it-art.org
Mon Mar 30 09:20:41 CDT 2009

The trackpad can be turned off in xorg.conf
Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "Synaptics Touchpad"
    Driver         "synaptics"
    Option         "SendCoreEvents" "false"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option         "Protocol" "auto-dev"
    Option         "MaxTapTime" "0"

The SendCoreEvenets false will do this in X11.

To turn off the trackpad at the command line... Turn off gpm.

Hope this helps

Borries Demeler wrote:
>> My HP laptop is not overly sensitive, but when typing I apparently touch
>> it ever so slightly.  Thankfully, there is a button between the keypad
>> and the touchpad whereby I can turn the touchpad off.  Maybe you have a
>> button, too?  Although, the touchpad gets reactivated on a boot, even
>> when the touchpad is switched off.  I just have to cycle the switch.
> You are blessed, I don't have such a button. I'll have to check with Dell, 
> supposedly one can disable the TP from the BIOS, but my computer is ignoring 
> this setting.
> -b.
>> Mike
>> On Mon, 2009-03-30 at 01:10 -0400, scs at worldlinkisp.com wrote:
>>>> The touchpad on my Dell inspiron 9400 is extremely sensity. Just hovering above
>>>> the TP without actually touching it can make the mouse pointer jump around. 
>>>> Since I use a USB mouse, I'd rather turn off the touchpad alltogether, but 
>>>> disabling it in the BIOS is not doing the trick. Any other suggestions? Is 
>>>> it possible to disable it in X?
>>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>> Agravating isn't it, my Acer 4420 is the same, and I too switched to a USB mouse.
>>> Sometimes mere proximity of my hand and fingers (typing) causes wild excursions.
>>> Believe the culprit is hand capacitance and static electricity. If I can locate
>>> my static wrist grounding strap, I'll share results.  It has worsened lately,
>>> wish I'd kept notes, relating to dates/weather conditions.  Low humidity increases 
>>> static intensity.  A USB KB in addition to the USB mouse would eliminte the PITA 
>>> factor (and increase my typing speed).
>>> Lou 
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