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Touchpad on Acer Aspire One Linux not working

I have an Acer Aspire One running on Linux and the touchpad has stopped working. I have an external mouse that I can use and I've tried using the recovery CD, but that doesn't fix it. Gsynaptics still doesn't work and the touchpad is still dead. How do I fix this?

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  • zencadet Nov 19, 2009

    Should have noted that Fn + F7 (touchpad un/lock) does not fix anything.

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The touchpad on the Acer Aspire is built into the notebook itself, which makes the device much harder to troubleshoot or replace. While you can connect a universal serial bus mouse to the notebook if the touchpad becomes unresponsive, attaching any external device reduces the notebook's portability. Although hardware failure can cause the touchpad to stop working, most device-related problems are due to software settings or other conflicts.

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