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Riverwolf Riverwolf is offline
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Question How to disable touchpad mouse when USB mouse attached - 10-05-2010, 12:17 AM

I did a search, quickly at first and then something a little more in depth, but still found nothing in the way of the issue I seem to be having.

I am looking for a way, in Ubuntu 10.04 on my Dell Inspiron 1012 with 2GB RAM, to disable the touchpad mouse when I plug in an external mouse. I don't care if it's a wired, wireless or bluetooth mouse; none will disable to touchpad as they will in any Windows distro using the settings menu for the mouse. The touchpad just gets in the way when I have an external mouse installed.

Thanks for any help that anyone can offer.
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Default 10-09-2010, 06:08 AM

you might try posting on Ubuntu Forums for a better answer but I found this article in the documentation. It has a lot of info on configuring touchpads. As I do not currently have one I cannot test them further but I am sure it's a good starting point

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Default 10-09-2010, 03:22 PM

I dunno how to automatically disable the touchpad when another pointing device is connected, Somewhere, there's probably some script that gets called upon device insertion, you could hook into that and call "synclient" to disable/enable the touchpad.

As a more straightforward solution, there should be a setting to disable the touchpad when typing in the "Mouse" options. It may help.

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