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disable touchpad Fedora 21

asked 2015-01-19 04:57:34 -0500

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I just installed Fedora 21 (64-bit) on a Mouse notebook computer. I would like to disable the touchpad, but the "Settings - Mouse and Touchpad" item DOES NOT HAVE a tab for the touchpad = I cannot set anything. In fact, the ONLY settings offered there are "Primary button (left / right", double-click speed and pointer speed. Is that normal?

How can I disable the touchpad. Preferably toggle the setting with a shortcut key.

Thank you. Thomas

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answered 2015-01-19 07:19:27 -0500

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Thank you for your advice. I DID use this "Touchpad Indicator" extension on 2 different PCs with 3 different distros. It worked "as advertised" in 1 and did not work in 2 cases. That is a failure ratio of 66%. Not very attractive when you are looking for a RELIABLE tool for work.

AND this does neither explain nor excuse the fact, that the OS does neither recognize a working piece of hardware, nor allow any settings related to that hardware = touchpad. Since the hardware is there and working .. it should AT LEAST show up under "Mouse and Touchpad", shouldn't it?

Anyway, there were a whole bunch of other malfunctions with Fedora, like it froze constantly (and I MEAN constantly!), it did not allow any updates (said: "The package IDs are not valid". How am I to know the IDs of about 450 packaged to be updated??), installation of ...(more)

thosk69 gravatar imagethosk69 ( 2015-01-21 21:09:02 -0500 )edit

Sorry! The comment came up TWICE, but I don't know how to delete one of them ...

thosk69 gravatar imagethosk69 ( 2015-01-21 21:14:21 -0500 )edit

Thank you for your advice. I DID use this "Touchpad Indicator" extension on 2 different PCs with 3 different distros. It worked "as advertised" in 1 and did not work in 2 cases. That is a failure ratio of 66%. Not very attractive when you are looking for a RELIABLE tool for work.

AND this does neither explain nor excuse the fact, that the OS does neither recognize a working piece of hardware, nor allow any settings related to that hardware = touchpad. Since the hardware is there and working .. it should AT LEAST show up under "Mouse and Touchpad", shouldn't it?

Anyway, there were a whole bunch of other malfunctions with Fedora, like it froze constantly (and I MEAN constantly!), it did not allow any updates (said: "The package IDs are not valid". How am I to know the IDs of about 450 packaged to be updated??), installation of ...(more)

thosk69 gravatar imagethosk69 ( 2015-01-21 21:16:28 -0500 )edit

By any chance, did you log into GNOME on Wayland. On login screen, there will be a small gear icon just below the password field. Please click on it and make sure that you have "GNOME" selected, but not wayland. I faced a similar issue with touchpad on wayland.

And please post a different question about the freezing and update issue. Someone should know the answer to fix it.

deadrat gravatar imagedeadrat ( 2015-01-24 15:42:24 -0500 )edit

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