Acer laptop trackpad toggle freezess mouse until restart

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Acer laptop trackpad toggle freezess mouse until restart

Postby THX1138b » 2017-10-22 16:45

I have an old Acer Aspire 7535G laptop and it has a button next to the trackpad which toggles the trackpad on and off which is useful to be able to type without accidentally touching the trackpad and moving the cursor. I've installed Linux Mint 18.2 Cinammon 64-bit, Debian 9.2.1 AMD64 and tried a live Lubuntu 16.04.3 64-bit and antiX 16.2 (also based on Debian) on this machine and when the mouse trackpad toggle button is activated, the mouse stops moving as expected; however when the button is pressed again, the mouse functionality does not resume until the machine is restarted. I tried to search for a solution to this but nothing I find relates to this problem. Could there maybe be a work-around to reactivate the mouse using a keyboard shortcut? Thanks for any advice.
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