[ubuntu] Mouse keeps dying...

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Running Ubuntu 11.10, 32 bit on a vista-era sony vaio. Besides all of the crappy graphics and web cam issues I had to solve, the laptop worked great. But for the last week, the touchpad either: 1. does not work 2. dies suddenly and doesn't let me move around without a usb mouse. 3 (most common/annoying). FREAKS OUT when I touch it, whether it be on login screen or desktop, then makes it so that I can't click anything with the touchpad or usb mouse. There are some exceptions/variations, for example I'm writing this with the left click busted and just right click and middle click on my usb mous (Hardware)