turning off the touchpad

doug doug at fledge.watson.org
Fri Sep 9 17:02:23 UTC 2016

With the lastest version of Xorg they seem to have removed the ability to do 
this. AFAIK from google, the x11 mailing list and X.org this is not considered 
an issue or a bug. I found some stuff in FreeBSD 11.0 with sysctrls that might 
work there (although their issue was turning it on, if only...) those controls 
do not exist in FreeBSD 10.3.

It appears that the change in integrating all support for pointing devices in a 
single driver. In my 10.1 system the touchpad was supported by a driver using 
ps2 interface, so adding [moused_port="/dev/ums0"] to rc.conf fixed the problem.

I am posting here as I hope someone has found a workaround. On some laptops (esp 
mine) it is very hard to touch type and miss the touchpad. I wish you could turn 
it off in the BIOS, but no such luck.

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