Enable full touchpad functionality in Ubuntu
I have laptop Asus K53SV and the touchpad was recognized as a mouse only. All of the features that it offered were just navigating the pointer, no scrolling, no disable when typing etc.
There is a patch available (elantech) which solves this issue and the touchpad is recognized with all (at least some 🙂 ) features.
First, install the dkms (Dynamic Kernel Module Support) package if it is not already installed on your machine:
sudo apt-get install dkms
Then, download the patch:
sudo wget http://planet76.com/drivers/elantech/psmouse-elantech-v6.tar.bz2
Unpack the patch:
sudo tar jxvf psmouse-elantech-v6.tar.bz2
Add the patch to the psmouse module:
sudo dkms add -m psmouse -v elantech-v6
sudo dkms build -m psmouse -v elantech-v6
sudo dkms install -m psmouse -v elantech-v6
For successful installation you should get something like this at the end: DKMS: install Completed.
Now, to load the new module with the patch included, you will need to either reboot your machine or reload the new module by executing the following command:
sudo rmmod psmouse && sudo modprobe psmouse
Now, go to System -> Preferences -> Mouse -> Touchpad and you will see all the settings that are available for the touchpad! 🙂