Ubuntu: How do I get the touchpad working on a Dell Vostro 3460?


The scroll function of this touchpad does not work with Ubuntu 11.10, 12.04 nor 12.10 (3.5.0-9-generic). xinput shows a PS/2 Generic Mouse.

The pointer function works well, though I cannot disable while typing.

Any hint on how to enable multi-gesture or just the side scroll on this machine?


If you created factory image, you can mount it and find there debs folder. There will be all drivers for your laptop, if you didn't, here x64 package from my factory image for alps touchpad vostro 3460. In terminal run:

sudo dpkg -i glidepoint_3.6-10_amd64.deb
sudo reboot

Multi-gesture are working and you can turn touchpad off by pressing fn+F3. Tested on ubuntu 12.04 x64 with 3.2.x and 3.3.x kernels


Try installing the Synaptiks package (with a "k") and launch it. I had the same issue on my Lenovo Thinkpad. The options were available but for some reason not shown or editable in the normal mouse tools. The Synaptiks package from the Kubuntu desktop seems to be more versatile.

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