Touchpad not working on Acer Nitro 5

The touchpad on the Nitro5 acer laptop with EndeavourOS installed has suddenly stopped moving the cursor or showing any immediate signs of movement on screen when tapped or attempting any other sort of command.

xinput provides the following output:

⎡ Virtual core pointer id=2 [master pointer (3)]
⎜ ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer id=4 [slave pointer (2)]
⎜ ↳ ELAN050A:01 04F3:3158 Mouse id=14 [slave pointer (2)]
⎜ ↳ ELAN050A:01 04F3:3158 Touchpad id=15 [slave pointer (2)]

The touchpad on this laptop had never malfunctioned before and was working for a bit with endeavouros installed, but hasn’t shown any signs of recovery since it stopped working.

Welcome to the forum! :smile:

Could you show some info about your hardware:

inxi -Faz
pacman -Qs xf86-input

And which Desktop are you using?

Here is a list of laptops tested for Arch Linux.
Scroll down to the Nitro section.
It lists the results of multiple features and if they work or not.

If the touchpad is listed as working, then you probably have a legitimate problem.
If the touchpad is listed as not working, hopefully someone has a work around.


Have you tried the kernel parameter in the default grub command line and then update grub?


Edit: Is the Touchpad not being recognized or just not working?

inxi -Faz
System: Kernel: 5.14.16-arch1-1 x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-linux root=UUID=3a49a0cb-5c08-4b68-a50b-5b6360ecbc93 rw quiet
loglevel=3 nowatchdog
Desktop: Xfce 4.16.0 tk: Gtk 3.24.29 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm 4.16.1 vt: 7 dm: LightDM 1.30.0
Distro: EndeavourOS base: Arch Linux
Machine: Type: Laptop System: Acer product: Nitro AN515-55 v: V1.10 serial:
Mobo: CML model: Stonic_CMS v: V1.10 serial: UEFI: Insyde v: 1.10 date: 11/19/2020
Battery: ID-1: BAT1 charge: 55.6 Wh (100.0%) condition: 55.6/57.5 Wh (96.7%) volts: 17.4 min: 15.4
model: LGC AP18E8M type: Li-ion serial: status: Full
CPU: Info: Quad Core model: Intel Core i5-10300H bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Comet Lake family: 6
model-id: A5 (165) stepping: 2 microcode: EA cache: L2: 8 MiB
flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 40009
Speed: 843 MHz min/max: 800/4500 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 843 2: 893 3: 825 4: 900 5: 900 6: 858
7: 900 8: 900
Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
Type: l1tf status: Not affected
Type: mds status: Not affected
Type: meltdown status: Not affected
Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp
Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Enhanced IBRS, IBPB: conditional, RSB filling
Type: srbds status: Not affected
Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics: Device-1: Intel CometLake-H GT2 [UHD Graphics] vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: i915 v: kernel
bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:9bc4 class-ID: 0300
Device-2: NVIDIA TU117M vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: nvidia v: 495.44
alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1f99 class-ID: 0300
Device-3: Quanta HD User Facing type: USB driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 1-5:3 chip-ID: 0408:a061
class-ID: 0e02
Display: x11 server: compositor: xfwm4 v: 4.16.1 driver: loaded: intel,nvidia
unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa alternate: nouveau,nv resolution: <missing: xdpyinfo>
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel UHD Graphics (CML GT2) v: 4.6 Mesa 21.2.4 direct render: Yes
Audio: Device-1: Intel Comet Lake PCH cAVS vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
alternate: snd_soc_skl,snd_sof_pci_intel_cnl bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:06c8 class-ID: 0403
Device-2: NVIDIA vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1
chip-ID: 10de:10fa class-ID: 0403
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.14.16-arch1-1 running: yes
Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no
Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: yes
Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.39 running: no
Network: Device-1: Intel Comet Lake PCH CNVi WiFi driver: iwlwifi v: kernel bus-ID: 00:14.3 chip-ID: 8086:06f0
class-ID: 0280
IF: wlan0 state: up mac:
Device-2: Realtek vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: r8168 v: 8.049.02-NAPI modules: r8169
port: 3000 bus-ID: 07:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:2600 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp7s0 state: down mac:
Bluetooth: Device-1: Intel AX201 Bluetooth type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8 bus-ID: 1-14:4 chip-ID: 8087:0026
class-ID: e001
Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 2 state: up address: see --recommends
Drives: Local Storage: total: 238.47 GiB used: 51.89 GiB (21.8%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Western Digital model: PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-256G-1014
size: 238.47 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 type: SSD
serial: rev: 21103900 temp: 37.9 C scheme: GPT
Partition: ID-1: / raw-size: 237.97 GiB size: 233.17 GiB (97.99%) used: 51.89 GiB (22.3%) fs: ext4
dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 512 MiB size: 511 MiB (99.80%) used: 296 KiB (0.1%) fs: vfat
dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
Swap: Alert: No swap data was found.
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 50.0 C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info: Processes: 271 Uptime: 3d 2h 52m wakeups: 8 Memory: 7.6 GiB used: 4.72 GiB (62.1%) Init: systemd
v: 249 tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 11.1.0 clang: 12.0.1 Packages: pacman: 1043 lib: 312
Shell: Bash v: 5.1.8 running-in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.3.07

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I’m using xfce4 and since the your comment appears to request pacman -Qs xf86's output:
local/xf86-input-libinput 1.2.0-2 (xorg-drivers)
Generic input driver for the X.Org server based on libinput

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Things to check

Fn +F7 turns touchpad on and off. Have you checked that you didn’t accidentally turn it off somehow.

Edit: Touchpad is Configured from the Mouse and Touchpad submenu in xfce4-settings

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That pain of that realization was surreal

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