Touch pad not working on Surface Pro 3 Type Cover

Bug #1504618 reported by on 2015-10-09
This bug affects 4 people
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linux (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Testing on the latest Ubuntu Gnome 15.10 daily image, the touch pad is not working on the Type Cover. The keyboard however works perfectly, so only the mouse features are missing.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 15.10
Package: linux-image-4.2.0-14-generic 4.2.0-14.16
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.2.0-14.16-generic 4.2.2
Uname: Linux 4.2.0-14-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.19.1-0ubuntu2
Architecture: amd64
 /dev/snd/controlC1: ubuntu-gnome 1638 F.... pulseaudio
 /dev/snd/controlC0: ubuntu-gnome 1638 F.... pulseaudio
CasperVersion: 1.365
CurrentDesktop: GNOME
Date: Fri Oct 9 17:02:36 2015
LiveMediaBuild: Ubuntu-GNOME 15.10 "Wily Werewolf" - Alpha amd64 (20151008)
MachineType: Microsoft Corporation Surface Pro 3
 PATH=(custom, no user)
ProcFB: 0 inteldrmfb
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/casper/vmlinuz.efi file=/cdrom/preseed/username.seed boot=casper quiet splash ---
 linux-restricted-modules-4.2.0-14-generic N/A
 linux-backports-modules-4.2.0-14-generic N/A
 linux-firmware 1.149
SourcePackage: linux
UdevLog: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/var/log/udev'
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install) 06/05/2015
dmi.bios.vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
dmi.bios.version: 3.11.0950
dmi.board.asset.tag: 0 Surface Pro 3
dmi.board.vendor: Microsoft Corporation
dmi.board.version: 1
dmi.chassis.asset.tag: 0
dmi.chassis.type: 9
dmi.chassis.vendor: Microsoft Corporation
dmi.chassis.version: 1
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnAmericanMegatrendsInc.:bvr3.11.0950:bd06/05/2015:svnMicrosoftCorporation:pnSurfacePro3:pvr1:rvnMicrosoftCorporation:rnSurfacePro3:rvr1:cvnMicrosoftCorporation:ct9:cvr1: Surface Pro 3
dmi.product.version: 1
dmi.sys.vendor: Microsoft Corporation

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Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
summary: - Touch pad not working of Surface Pro 3 Type Cover
+ Touch pad not working on Surface Pro 3 Type Cover, thank you for reporting this and helping make Ubuntu better. Could you please test the latest upstream kernel available from the very top line at the top of the page from;O=D (the release names are irrelevant for testing, and please do not test the daily folder)? Install instructions are available at . This will allow additional upstream developers to examine the issue.

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importance: Undecided → Medium
status: Confirmed → Incomplete

I am not able to install Ubuntu on this device yet, as it is is daily production use. Could someone else help to repro with an SP3 handy?

Michael (mikewainberg) wrote :

I fixed the touchpad by adding the following lines to /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-evdev.conf:

Section "InputClass"
    Identifier "Surface Pro 3 cover"
    MatchIsPointer "on"
    MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
    Driver "evdev"
    Option "vendor" "045e"
    Option "product" "07dc"
    Option "IgnoreAbsoluteAxes" "True"

This fix was discussed at and

In my case, the type cover stopped working after upgrading to 15.10 because the upgrade overwrote /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-evdev.conf.

I'm not sure whether this matters, but there are two type cover USB IDs, 0x07de and 0x07e2, as discussed at Maybe this fix only works for one of the two IDs.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for linux (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
Richard Harding (rharding) wrote :

I can verify that this is still the case in 16.04 using ke3rnel 4.3.0-5. I can get the moues working with the added 10-evdev.conf updates but the multi-touch fails so there's no two finger scrolling or two finger tap for right click abilities in the latest kernel.

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: Expired → Confirmed
Richard Harding (rharding) wrote :

Note that I can also verify the comment that I have a new device id with the keyboard cover purchased and so there are two devices, mine is the 0x07e2.

Still reproducable on latest 16.04/Xenial daily build. I can type, but the touchpad is not working for mouse features.

Since the problem is well known and the fix rather simple (vendor ID), this should be fixed to 16.04.

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