Disabling a Dell PointStick (TrackStick) in CrunchBang Linux
Posted by essjae on April 9, 2012
I installed it on a spare Dell D630 notebook at work and found out the the little pointstick caused the pointer to randomly wander around the screen. Since I never use the PointStick I wanted to disable it. In Windows, there is a nice little Dell utility that allows you to customize the behavior of the PointStick and TouchPad.
However, in Linux, it’s a little different (command line), but almost as easy.
The key tool is xinput (thanks to this post on ceder’s blog)
You can disable the device via a couple simple commands:
"xinput list" # xinput list ⎡ Virtual core pointer id=2 [master pointer (3)] ⎜ ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer id=4 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ Microsoft Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse® 1.0A id=10 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ DualPoint Stick id=12 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ AlpsPS/2 ALPS DualPoint TouchPad id=13 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ Macintosh mouse button emulation id=14 [slave pointer (2)] ⎣ Virtual core keyboard id=3 [master keyboard (2)] ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard id=5 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ Video Bus id=6 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ Video Bus id=7 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ Power Button id=8 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ Sleep Button id=9 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard id=11 [slave keyboard (3)]
to find the “DualPoint Stick” device
# xinput -set-prop "DualPoint Stick" "Device Enabled" 0 to disable it