I have installed Elementary OS recently. At some point my touchpad stopped to work. Not completely, but I cannot move it, all I can do is click.

I have tried to enable it at settings. Turning on/off on laptop shortcuts. Nothing really worked.

It worked before, but somehow stopped. Any ideas guys?

Laptop Lenovo Y510P, ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad.

Best, Jacob

2 Answers 2


I have fixed it somehow while struggling with Bumblebee and Primus.

I believe sudo apt-get install xorg-x11-drv-mouse might be the answer.


If you don't already have these drivers, I would recommend installing them:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hanipouspilot/focaltech-dkms
sudo apt update
sudo apt install focaltech-dkms
sudo modprobe -r psmouse 

modprobe psmouse

If this doesn't help try the following command as root:

echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio4/reg_07

These worked for me when I had that laptop, but that was about 6 months ago, so not sure if that's still the problem. I just know that Elantech touch-pads don;t seem to like debian based distros.

if neither of these works, you can try install the gcc drivers (I haven't personally tried these though):

sudo apt install switchboard-plug-gcc-mouse

Some helpful links, for reference:

  • I believe I have these drivers installed, but just for sure followed commands. And the echo didn't work at all. bash: /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio4/reg_07: No such file or directory I have also GCC drivers installed. Maybe that's the reason why? EDIT: Uninstalled GCC drivers and didn't help.
    – Murkee
    Commented May 3, 2016 at 7:13

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