I have Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat installed. The problem is that the tap to click feature on my touchpad is too sensitive in ubuntu. It works fine with windows. I randomly end up clicking things while moving the mouse. Its very irritating. Any solutions ? I have a HP Probook 4410s laptop.

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    Would it be acceptable to turn it off? I assume the trackpad has real buttons nearby. – Cajunluke Jan 6 '11 at 15:16
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    i mean i could probably get used to it being off. But i would prefer a fix rather than avoiding the problem. – tapan Jan 6 '11 at 15:30

This works for me in Ubuntu 10.10

To see what trackpad you've got and what it's called, try:

xinput list

My device is called "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad"

There are 3 finger pressure settings: low, high & press. See what their current values are with something like:

xinput list-props "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" |grep -i finger

Change the values with something like:

xinput set-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Finger" 50 90 255

By increasing the second parameter, you require more finger pressure for the trackpad to respond. The first parameter controls release pressure, the third is to detect a button press (I think).

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    I needed to put commas in between the numerical values, as running it without commas resulted in a non-functioning trackpad. Also, my values were 12, 35, 255, in case someone tries it and 50, 90, 255 makes clicking not work at all. I have an ALPS GlidePoint. – user125456 Mar 29 '12 at 13:03
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    Works on 13.10 too, 10, 50, 0 seems to be a good setting on macbook 4.1 – NoBugs Aug 27 '13 at 3:33
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    on my macbook pro unibody the commannd was: $ sudo xinput set-prop "bcm5974" "Synaptics Finger" 10, 50, 0 – elviejo79 Sep 14 '13 at 18:31
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    This works, but on restart, it goes back to old values. How do I fix the values so that it sticks? – Zeynel Oct 20 '13 at 12:37
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    I have an HP Pavilion with a SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad running XUbuntu 15.10. I put this in .profile so it runs each time the laptop boots: xinput set-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Finger" 12, 35, 255 – Mike Slinn Feb 8 '16 at 6:28

This may be silly but do you have gpointing-device-settings installed?

dpkg --get-selections | grep gpointing

Should show it if you do have it installed. If not try installing it with apt-get or aptitude.

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    i do have it installed. No options from there really helped. – tapan Jan 7 '11 at 8:27

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