Ubuntu – How to enable multi touch on a Dell inspiron n5110 with an ALPS touchpad


How can I enable touch pad gestures(multi touch effects) of alps touch pad which comes with dell inspiron n5110 in ubuntu 11.10. These gestures worked fine with windows.

Best Answer

This blog post contains instructions for installing patched mouse drivers, which enable correct recognition of your touchpad: http://nwoki.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/multitouch-fix-for-alps-touchpad/ Even this is a little outdated, as there have been several updates to the drivers since.

In short: Download psmouse-alps-1.3: http://www.dahetral.com/public-download/psmouse-alps-1.3.tbz/view Then (using sudo / root):

  • Extract the folder psmouse-alps-1.3 to /usr/source
  • cd to /usr/source
  • dkms add psmouse-alps-1.3
  • dkms autoinstall
  • rmmod psmouse && modprobe psmouse

Bam! Working multitouch! :-)

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