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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:

cd /usr/src/
sudo wget

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

Build it:

sudo dkms build -m psmouse -v elantech-v6

Install it:

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! 🙂


Hibernate on Ubuntu

If the default hibernate does not work on your Ubuntu installation, try installing the package hibernate.

sudo apt-get install hibernate

To use that script then, you can run it via the terminal

sudo hibernate

or create a shortcut on your panel, right-click and Add To Panel, then select Custom Application Launcher and set it up as follows:

After you click Add, there will be a new icon added to your Panel.

Note: when you run the newly created icon it will ask for a password because you are executing it with sudo.

This is tested on ASUS K53SV with Ubuntu 11.04.

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