whacky mouse, HP2740p Elitebook. Issue across several distributions

You need to use quotes (single or double) if specifying by device name (rather than numeric ID). For example

 xinput list-props "SynPS/2-Synaptics-TouchPad"

xinput list-props “SynPS/2-Synaptics-TouchPad”

unable to find device SynPS/2-Synaptics-TouchPad
linux-6570:~ #

But if I take out the hyphens, it works. Thanks, you did it!

Now how do I get this into a startup todo list so when I turn this laptop on, it will turn off the touchpad?

In “System Settings” “startup and shutdown” doesn’t work. Init.d/after.local doesn’t work either. Why do these exist when they don’t function?