Touchpad not working on 11.4

After a power outage my touchpad does not work.

synclient -l


Couldn't find synaptics properties. No synaptics driver loaded?

I’ve googled it but didn’t find any suitable answer, I don’t know how to load the driver.

I had that problem on my newer laptop.

With an older 2004 laptop, there was no problem. But on a newer (one year old) laptop, the synaptics driver would sometimes load and sometimes fail to load.

Now, with opensuse 12.1, it works just fine - that’s probably due to newer drivers with the 3.x kernel.

You might consider an upgrade to 12.1 as a possible solution.

You are right. It seems so weird to me that after modifying /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf to look like this:

Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "touchpad catchall"
        Driver "synaptics"
        MatchIsTouchpad "on"
        MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"

and rebooting, the touchpad was still non-functional. However, I simply powered off the laptop (shutdown now :slight_smile: ) and started it again. Miraculously, the touchpad is now working. It’s really strange.