i really like freya. but i have tried everything and it does not recognize the synaptic touchpad. Help, please?

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    Would you mind to add a list of "everything" you tried? It's easier to help you if we know what did not work :)
    – embik
    Jul 27, 2015 at 18:54
  • at first i thought it must be disabled from bios, it wasn't. i tried getting the id and enable it from the terminal, it din not have an id. i also tried sudo modprobe -r psmouse sudo modprobe psmouse proto=imps did nothing. Jul 29, 2015 at 6:57
  • i tried reinstalling sudo apt-get --purge autoremove xserver-xorg-input-synaptics && sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics. still nothing. updated kernels, nothing Jul 29, 2015 at 6:57

3 Answers 3


Answered already in the previous answer's comments. Restating here for the upcoming users, so it would be easy to follow.


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

Note: This works on all debian based distros (Ubuntu, elementary OS and so on)

  • I'm facing the same issue on Asus X555U. If i run xinput list i don't even see any touchpad... it just list Virtual core XTEST pointer. Does this solution will work for me even if i don't see FocalTech emulation mode?
    – Luciano
    Dec 18, 2015 at 7:57

X55 series uses elantech touchpad. Upgrade to kernel 4.0 or above it will solve the problem.

  • updating kernel did not work for me :( but thank you Jul 29, 2015 at 7:03
  • can you post the result of xinput list Jul 29, 2015 at 7:52
  • Virtual core pointer id=2 [master pointer (3)] ⎜ ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer id=4 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ Microsoft Microsoft Nano Transceiver 1.1 id=12 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ Microsoft Microsoft Nano Transceiver 1.1 id=13 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ PS/2 FocalTech FocalTech Touchpad in mouse emulation mode id=16 [slave pointer (2)] Jul 29, 2015 at 7:57
  • 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)] ↳ Video Bus id=8 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ Sleep Button id=9 [slave keyboard (3)] Jul 29, 2015 at 7:57
  • ↳ USB Camera id=10 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ Microsoft Microsoft Nano Transceiver 1.1 id=11 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ Asus WMI hotkeys id=14 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard id=15 [slave keyboard (3)] Jul 29, 2015 at 7:57

I have similar issues.so i tried different kernel and works only fine in 4.2.0-36-lowlatency . When i tried linux-image-4.4.0-31-generic the touch pad was not stable and had some random issues with clicks

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