Turning off the touchpad on Asus Zenbook Ux21 in ubuntu 11.10
Feb 28, 2012 — Here’s how to turn off the (extremely!) annoying Elantech touchpad on the Asus Ux21 zenbook running Ubuntu 11.10.
On booting up, the touchpad will be active.
Get a shell, and:
scameron@sleekness:~$ synclient -l | grep TouchpadOff TouchpadOff = 1
That will tell you whether it thinks the touchpad is off (1) or on (0). Regardless of what it says, after a fresh boot, the touch pad is probably on. You can tell whether it’s really on (or off) by how annoyed you are (or aren’t).
To turn it off, first, turn it on, then off, like so:
scameron@sleekness:~$ synclient TouchpadOff=0 scameron@sleekness:~$ synclient TouchpadOff=1
Initially, if it thinks the touchpad is already off, but it’s on, trying to turn it off does nothing (I am guessing that it inspects the supposed state, and if you are requesting the same state, it does nothing. So turning it on, then off will actually do something even if the system thinks it’s already off.)