Touchpad not working in ubuntu 10.10 Maverick? Resolve it!

I recently installed Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick in my Sony Vaio E series laptop (VPCEB46FG) and its working just great. After installing, i got frequent net disconnection issues which i fixed as mentioned in my previous post. The next issue was with the touch pad and i had to find a way to make it work. This is how i managed to fix it:


Open terminal and type the following:

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub/

Note: If you get error stating Grub: File not found (missing)

sudo gedit /boot/grub/grub.cfg

Edit the line


and add


Now run:

sudo update-grub

and finally reboot. Thats it! Your touchpad is ready with multitouch :)

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23 Responses to “Touchpad not working in ubuntu 10.10 Maverick? Resolve it!”

  1. Anony-mouse says:

    I did follow your instructions, but added a sudo before the gedit command to save it. I restarted and nothing. It’s not working ;(

    Same model and 10.10

  2. Anony-mouse says:

    Nevermind, it worked.

  3. sam says:

    hey how do i open a terminal

  4. Satya says:

    yes it worked man……….believe me …..just try it :)

  5. Brian says:

    Hi I’m a complete novice, I opened the grub but it’s read only!
    How do I make it editable?
    Thanks in advance.

  6. Brian says:

    Thanks Vincent when I run update grub I get the following message:
    /etc/default/grub: 33: File:: not found

  7. mike jakes says:

    didnt work on ubuntu 11.04

  8. shanu says:

    in vaio VPCEA36FG i installed ubuntu 10.10. but its touch pad not working. what shall i do.

  9. Ahmed says:

    hi friends,

    i have sony vaio VPCEA43FX and i installed ubuntu 10.10 desktop edition
    i did what you said but still not woking with me
    i bookmarked this page
    please help me
    i’m new with ubuntu but lovin it
    thanks in advance…


  10. Ahmed says:

    Dear Friend,

    after i wrote my comment i open the file again and i noticed that i copy what above and past it but the ( ” ) was different form the others in the file so i change it to ( ” ) and restart my laptop and it’s works now.
    try it with ” not ”
    sorry for my English…

    thank you Vijesh

  11. DIVYA K V says:

    Mine Sony Vaio E series laptop (VPCEB46FG). I followed the instructions above. But it didn’t work.

  12. debdeep says:

    i have tried the same.
    but still touch pad is not working. :(

  13. balaram says:

    hi friends,

    Mine Sony Vaio E series laptop (VPCEB46FG).

    i installed ubuntu 10.10. but its touch pad not working. what shall i do.

    thanks in advance…


  14. sahil bhatia says:

    sudo gedit /etc/default/grub when i type this in terrminal it says command not found what to do ???? help

  15. Jothimurugan says:

    Hi friend,

    Thanks for your post. This correction
    make my touch pad work in the sony vaio laptop version VPCEB46FG.

    Thank you very much.


  16. Taleb says:

    Dear friend’
    I had the same problem on Ubuntu 10.10 and I solved it in this way:

    sudo gedit /etc/default/grub/
    Edit the line:
    1.GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash”
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash i8042.reset i8042.nomux i8042.nopnp i8042.noloop”

    and then:
    sudo update-grub
    sudo reboot

    have fun ;-)

  17. Govindarajan says:

    This page was helpful. this worked for sony vaio e series in ubuntu 10.04

  18. kailash says:

    Thank you my touchpad is working nicely with multitouch..!:)
    thanks a lot..:)

  19. Bob says:

    Worked for me!!!

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