How to enable keyboard in tablet mode (HP Spectre x360)

HP Spectre x360 laptops have a hinge screen that can turn 360 degrees. It can be folded to imitate a tablet, for example. When you do fold it, Ubuntu enters its tablet mode — keyboard and touch-pad will be disabled.

I want to stop that. I’d like to keep keyboard and touch-pad on so that I could connect to an external display and still be able to use them. I’ve done some googling and found a few solutions:

  • On Windows, you can do this by disabling the Inter(R) Integrated Sensor Solution driver. I have Windows installed parallel to Ubuntu, so I tried doing that. It helped solve the problem while I’m in Windows, however, when I go back to Ubuntu, the problem remains.

  • On Ubuntu, people generally recommend using the xinput command to control input devices (e.g. inable/disable them). But it doesn’t seem to reflect the real state of affairs… For example, right now I’m typing this using an external keyboard and mouse; embedded keyboard and touch-pad are de-facto disabled — I cannot use them — as the screen is folded and tablet mode active. Yet, if I run xinput and check the props of my touch-pad, it reports it as being enabled.

Here are some pictures of xinput betraying me… 🙂 As you can see on the second screenshot it says Device Enabled (154): 1 which is a plain lie. Trying to run xinput --enable 18 anyways gives nothing — touch-pad stays disabled.

xinput list

xinput –list-props 18

Another program, acpi_listen seems to catch that moment of folding the screen. It prints video/tabletmode TBLT 0000008A 00000000 every time I do that. Although I am not sure as to how to use that to resolve the issue.

It seems like the problem is deeper, at the hardware level, but I’m not an expert yet, so I’m asking for help. How can I prevent keyboard and touch-pad from being disabled?

Having a different design and interactions between mobile and tablet devices can have a big impact from overall UX?

I have 2 design approach for a specific module 1 is for mobile and 1 is for tablet. The goal of this is for analyzation of the historical dates of the financial data.

A. Mobile phone design – Straight forward horizontal bar chart to differentiate each data from the previous periods.

Mobile screen

B. Tablet Design – This is to increase users interactions by providing more relevant information for analysis to filter the data and period based on their preferences. enter image description here

Does it make sense from the users perspective do have different designs from the different screen? Does it not affect the learnability and familiarity on the app?

Thank you

Tablet simulated right click doesn’t work except in the file browser

I have turned on the simulated right click in the system settings. When I use an external mouse, holding the left mouse button triggers a right click as expected. However, doing so with the finger on the touchscreen of the tablet doesn’t. Surprisingly though, it works in the file browser but nowhere else.

How to enable USB Storage for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″ Tablet

I have these Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″ Tablet, ever since I bought it and the first time it prompted me if I wanna enable USB mass storage when I connected it to the computer, and I selected charge only or something close to that, up to this very moment, I can’t access the tablet from a computer via USB cable

Specifications;  Android version: Android-5.1.1 Device Model: KFFOWI 

Any solution please?

Tablet stuck in erasing loop after failed factory reset

I tried to do factory reset on my Lenovo Yoga tablet but I turned it off while it was erasing. After that when I start the tablet it automaticly shows lenovo logo(as it should) but then it starts erasing data for like a minute, reboots itself and starts again. I’m able to access recovery menu and move the selection so its not bricked. Will I have to reinstall the Android?

Problems connecting Huion H420 Drawing tablet to android tablet

I had bought a USB-OTG cable for the sole purpose of connecting my Huion H420 Drawing Tablet. When I connected it, it recognized it as a mouse, but no cursor showed up when I hovered my pen over, and if I clicked, it would only click the middle of the screen. I know Wacom Tablets work, because I saw a question on here that had it work for a Wacom tablet. Maybe its not compatible with the Huion H420, or is there any workaround?