Scripts for “Mending” ThinkPad Touchpad Issues on Ubuntu

A good friend who doesn’t wish to be credited passed on a link to a set of scripts found on github that lay claim to “fixing” touchpad and trackpad issues on ThinkPad laptops running Ubuntu.

Sad to say that without a ThinkPad of my own I cannot attest how well these scripts do or do not work, how ever i will try them out at some point on my Ideapad.

The touchpad scripts included in the pack lets you to ’emulate’ the three trackpad buttons that newer Lenovo laptops ship with, but which many pre-2014 series ThinkPads don’t.

The touchpad scripts also lets you disable movements for part of the touchpad or the complete touchpad to prevent accidental pointer movements (i.e. if you plan on using the TrackPoint as the sole input).

There is also a script in the repo for accelerating the TrackPoint speed.

Where to Download

Now the scripts are known for both, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and are well worth checking out if you’re annoyed by Ubuntu’s default touchpad handling.

Please do pay attention to the GitHub instructions before running any of the scripts included. The scripts will add repositories, download source packages, configure drivers and install new software.

Do not use idly, and we are not liable for any damages, like most scripts found online this purely at your own risk.

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p.s if you run a distro based on ubuntu and found these working well for you why not share the heads up with others in the comments section.