I wanted to have a more smooth cursor movement while using touchpad, much like Windows (8.1 for that matter). Now it's very wobbly - when I put a finger on the touchpad, the cursor shakes randomly within a few pixel range, so I can't, for example, click precisely where I want. I've read somewhere that mousetweaks might resolve this, but I have no idea if it even works on elementary - and if it does, I can't seem to figure out how. I believe it worked somehow like this - it takes movements from a ~30ms (?) timespan, and inputs an average of these. I don't know if I can do it manually. Does anyone know anything about it?

Touchpad is standard SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad

edit: system info, per inxi -b:

Kernel: 4.4.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: Gnome Distro: elementary 0.4 loki

System: SAMSUNG product: 350V5C/351V5C/3540VC/3440VC v: P09ABE.012.
Mobo: SAMSUNG model: NP350V5C-S08PL v: BOARD 00 Bios: American Megatrends v: P09ABE date: 07/04/2013

Dual core Intel Core i5-3210M (-HT-MCP-) speed/max: 1466/3100 MHz

Card-1: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller
Card-2: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Thames [Radeon HD 7500M/7600M Series]
Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 drivers: ati,radeon,intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
Resolution: [email protected]
GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Mobile GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.2.0

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    What hardware are you using? Can you describe the touchpad problem in a little more detail? Thanks! Oct 4, 2016 at 20:53
  • @ryandebeasi, edited!
    – Antoni S
    Oct 4, 2016 at 21:32
  • It seems like touchpad is controlled by the xinput command. man xinput and man libinput might help.
    – Salix alba
    Oct 15, 2016 at 15:00

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Okay so I did some things I'm not entirely sure about, but I think sudo apt remove xserver-xorg-input-libinput did what I wanted. I also did sudo apt install xserver-xorg-input-all xserver-xorg-input-evdev xserver-xorg-input-synaptics but I don't remember if I hadn't had that installed in the first place.

Thanks to Jason Gambrel, btw.

  • That did not fix the issue for me. Running Dell Latitude E7440 and elementaryOS 0.4 (Loki) 64-bit. The issue with the wobbling mouse cursor is still present.
    – KEK
    Oct 14, 2016 at 9:18
  • Well I'll be damned. The mouse wobbling is suddenly gone... after a PC reboot! Either that, or my laptop just needed a much appreciated break in the weekend. Holy crap, this is fantastic. Hereby giving you an upvote and thanks for the tip!
    – KEK
    Oct 17, 2016 at 7:41

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