How can I disable my Lenovo laptop's touchpad?

Polytropon freebsd at
Mon Jan 15 09:24:50 UTC 2018

On Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:26:50 +0100, Ralf Mardorf via freebsd-questions wrote:
> Dunno if it's helpful:

This particular suggestion doesn't disable the trackpad, it
just sets is threshold to a value where the pressure on the
surface should not cause any device action.

In /etc/sysctl, conf, the setting


should cause that effect and seems to require enabling the
Synaptics functionality beforehand:


I have no idea why one has quotes, the other hasn't.

Additionally, it would be interesting if this causes a
difference in console usage vs. X usage.

I have the same problem with a Lenovo Thinkpad R61i, but as
the console mode is "functionally dead", the problem persists
within X. Accidentally touching the trackpad causes the mouse
cursor to move whereas the only moving activity should be
initiated by using the TrackPoint ("red nub"). Both devices
seem to be combined into /dev/psm0... :-(

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