Friday, 6 September 2013

Linux Mint Maya Trackpad trouble

I just got a new thinkpad T430 that has a synaptics trackpad.   Strangely the trackpad would not work correctly once the laptop goes to sleep and wakes up. The little red knob IBM thingy would work fine but the trackpad and the associated buttons were not working fine.    Found a nice workaround for it that I thought I will share.

The idea was to disable and enable the psmouse driver so that it would reset itself.  Here is the script to do the same.  It should be placed in /etc/pm/sleep.d and marked as executable

vivekv@Vivek-Laptop /etc/pm/sleep.d $ cat 71input-reset 
# Reload the AT keyboard interface.

case "$1" in
                rmmod psmouse
                modprobe psmouse

Here is my virtual pointer information.

⎡ Virtual core pointer                        id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                  id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad                  id=11    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint                       id=13    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎣ Virtual core keyboard                       id=3    [master keyboard (2)]
    ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard                 id=5    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                                id=6    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Video Bus                                   id=7    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Sleep Button                                id=8    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Integrated Camera                           id=9    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard                id=10    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ ThinkPad Extra Buttons                      id=12    [slave  keyboard (3)]

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