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I have an AMD A8 based HP laptop, Pavilion G6 2201AX running Windows 8. It has a Synaptics touchpad. My problem is whenever i run Virtualbox or Vmware player all the gestures on trackpad stop working, even though i can still move the pointer and can perform left click and right click using one and two fingers respectively. I have to restart the laptop in order to get these gestures work again.

What may be the cause of this? Is it a hardware or a software issue? Is there any solution?

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Are your touchpad drivers up to date? Try updating them to the latest version from Synaptics website. –  gronostaj Apr 28 '13 at 16:58
Yes, i have upgraded to the latest version but still having the same problem. –  Ammy6Teen Apr 28 '13 at 20:25
Have you had any luck working around this? I just ran into the same problem and also tracked it down to my recent installation of Virtualbox on a Samsung 700T Windows 8 machine. –  mlms13 Oct 11 '13 at 14:39
No. I updated the synaptics drivers to the latest version but without any luck. As a work around I start the VMs in headless mode (By pressing shift while clicking on start VM) and then connect to it either by RDP, VNC or ssh. I guess this issue has got something to do with guest mouse pointer integration. –  Ammy6Teen Oct 11 '13 at 18:31

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