Hardware Linux

Fix: Laptop Touchpad disabled after Ubuntu 18.04 Update

I upgraded to Ubuntu 18.04 without issues. However, after a certain update suddenly the laptop touchpad stopped working. I tried few fixes suggested and ended up disabling even the keyboard.

I didn’t have time to debug and left it as it is for few days. Today, finally I looked into it and found a simple fix.

You need to install Ubuntu Hardware Enablement. The Ubuntu LTS enablement aka HWE or Hardware Enablement stacks provide newer kernel and X support for existing Ubuntu LTS releases. The process is simple:

sudo apt install --install-recommends linux-generic-hwe-18.04 xserver-xorg-hwe-18.04

Reboot and everything should be working fine.

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