Settings says "No touchpad found"

I recently installed Plasma 6, and the system settings are now saying “No touchpad found” in the touchpad section. The touchpad still works, but I can’t change any settings. The update also seems to have disabled 3 finger middle click, and this means I can’t enable it. Does anyone have a fix?

KDE Neon 6.0 (Plasma 6.0.3)

That sounds to me like the X11 input driver is still using synaptics or evdev for the touchpad, as opposed to libinput. Plasma 6 removed settings backends for drivers other than libinput. The synaptics driver is long unmaintained, was a technological dead end, and made any feature work on mouse & touchpad settings a giant pain. The evdev driver provides only barebone functionality and libinput builds on top of it to do a better job.

On my old Arch setup, I had to install the xf86-input-libinput package for the libinput-based X11 driver. And I also had to take out the global config file from /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ that assigned the synaptics driver instead of the libinput default that got assigned in the pre-installed /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/40-libinput.conf. Not sure what the situation looks like on Neon, probably somewhat similar but a little different.

The only file I have in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d is 00-keyboard.conf. I dont have a file for libinput.

Also what would the equivalent package be fore Ubuntu based distros? I have libinput-bin, libinput-dev, libinput10, and xserver-xorg-input-libinput already.

Remove the xserver-xorg-input-synaptics package and restart X. Libinput will then take over handling of the touchpad settings.

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I just updated pacman and it got plasma 6 updated as well and this problem occurred. Weird it only malfunctioned in X11, but not Wayland.

Anyway, in X11, @kiemlo’s response was half the solution, I didn’t have xserver-xorg-input-synaptics package installed, but uninstalling xf86-input-synaptics and then restarting X server with sudo systemctl restart display-manager made it.

Just leaving this here in case anyone has the same case.

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