I have a Librem Purism V4 13" laptop. The touchpad only works under ideal conditions, and even then it can be a crapshoot. I’ve noticed that if the laptop is not on a totally flat surface, such as your lap, then the frame of the case is allowed to flex a small amount, and this will lead to a nearly unusable touchpad.
As other have mentioned in related threads, it feels as if there is a piece of dust stuck under the touchpad at times. I opened my laptop and checked the touchpad. I undid the screws and checked for dust, then made sure the screws were totally tight. This had no effect.
Librem Purism V5 laptops: add improving the touchpad to the priority list.
That sounds terrible. For what it’s worth I’ve never had problems with the touchpad on my Librem 15v4.
I wonder if the design is different, or perhaps not every laptop has this issue. It’s a fantastic machine overall, but of course an inability to rely on the touchpad functionality can be frustrating.
I’m also on a Librem 13v4 and never had that issue, touchpad has always worked great in any position. And I do use the thing as lap-top quite frequently…
But then again, I still long for the good old Pointing stick?
Have you asked Purism support about the problem? It doesn’t sound like your situation is normal.
Agreed. This sounds like an RMA item. I’ve never had a problem with my track pad either.
My v3 had this problem as well. After not being able to figure it out myself I sent it into Purism and they adjusted it so that it almost never happens now (I think its happened once when the laptop frame was twisted a little bit on my lap since then). But yeah, super annoying and get them to fix it asap
I undid the screws and checked for dust, then made sure the screws were totally tight.
Your screws are probably too tight. If you loosen the touchpad screws a bit (especially the 3 top screws which are not easily accessible behind the battery) it works a lot better. It’s probably a general factory/manufacturing issue of the V4’s where many of the touchpad screws are too tight.
See: Librem 13v4 Touchpad Issues