Background: In loki-beta2 I have some troubles with my touchpad. Sometimes my touchpad becomes unresponsive mid-movement until I release finger from touchpad and put it down again. Trial-'n-Error and some comparison to ubuntu yielded that libinput might be involved in this.


  • Can I disable libinput-driver in loki and go back to stable synaptic-driver? Or will it have negative consequences else where?

  • If so, what is the proper way to do it? (At the moment I out-commented stuff in /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/90-libinput.conf)


I just posted a solution for another question that might help you for this as well on:

Way to enable vertical two-finger scrolling, but not horizontal?

I removed the libinput drivers for the touchpad and installed the synaptic drivers instead I did:

sudo apt-get remove xserver-xorg-input-libinput libinput-tools

This removes libinput touchpad driver. Then install synaptics:

sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-all xserver-xorg-input-evdev xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

Then restart.

This also allowed me to change Two Finger Horizontal scrolling and add palm detection (see above link) and also made the touchpad less sensitive.

I have not tested this extensively, but seems to work so far, use at your own risk. You could always remove the synaptics packages and reinstall the libinput ones if needed.


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