Disabling the touchpad on laptop in Windows 7...

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    Aug 21, 2011 3:12 AM GMT
    UPDATE: Problem solved.
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    Aug 21, 2011 3:22 AM GMT
    PS. My next computer will be a Mac. Windows has done this kind of bullshit since day one, and I'm fucking tired of it.
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    Aug 21, 2011 4:43 AM GMT
    And this is why the TrackPoint pointer is the best. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Most laptops have a toggle/switch to turn the touchpad on/off. Try that instead. It's usually the Fcn key + some other key on your keyboard.
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    Aug 21, 2011 5:02 AM GMT
    But if you don't have the mouse, you'd be kinda screwed with touchpad disabled.

    Is it really that difficult to turn off? In your tray there might be some icon for the touchpad (click on the arrow to show all of the icons). In the config there, it should have options to turn it off, or at least to disable the thing that makes a touch of the pad do a mouseclick.

    If there's nothing in the tray, go to Start Menu, Control panel, Mouse. The option to turn it off should be there.

    If there's still no luck, go to Device Manager and disable it under "Mice & other pointing devices".

    Device manager is in Control Panel in newer versions of Windows.
    In older ones, right-click My Computer, Properties, hmm the button is in one of the tabs, I can't remember which tho.

    One last thing: Windows doesn't have anything to do with your laptop having a touchpad.
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    Aug 21, 2011 9:53 AM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidBut if you don't have the mouse, you'd be kinda screwed with touchpad disabled.

    Is it really that difficult to turn off?
    Not difficult at all to turn off.
    The difficult part is getting it to HOLD the setting.

    Shortly after making this thread last night I had it disabled. Now this morning - WITH NO OTHER CHANGES TO THE SYSTEM - it's suddenly enabled again.

    Windows fucking sucks.
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    Aug 21, 2011 9:57 AM GMT
    Fuck...it STILL won't disable! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRr!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I think I'm gonna take this thing apart and unhook it from the inside.
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    Aug 21, 2011 11:00 AM GMT
    Now I've uninstalled AND DELETED THE DRIVER SOFTWARE and it still works.

    I will NEVER buy another Microshit computer!
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    Aug 21, 2011 2:07 PM GMT
    Did you try updating the trackpad and mouse drivers?
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    Aug 21, 2011 2:10 PM GMT
    Who's the manufacturer of your laptop? More importantly, what's the model number?

    Usually there's a function key that will disable the track pad.

    If that doesn't work, and you feel up to a little computer surgery, the track pad ribbon is almost always located directly under the keyboard and only takes a couple minutes to unplug.
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    Aug 21, 2011 10:29 PM GMT
    Come on Paul, quit making excuses. If you want a Mac, go buy one. Don't try to fabricate these supposed Windows related glitches to justify your desire to join the Cult Of Mac.

    Click now! You know you want to! icon_lol.gif
    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook_pro
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    Aug 21, 2011 11:35 PM GMT
    It's likely you just have a cheap pos laptop. Don't blame Microsoft for a hardware error [or driver for the touchpad when that is controlled by the manufacturing company.]icon_lol.gif

    My HP laptop has a button right above the touchpad that allows me to disable it. icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 21, 2011 11:41 PM GMT
    xrichx saidCome on Paul, quit making excuses. If you want a Mac, go buy one. Don't try to fabricate these supposed Windows related glitches to justify your desire to join the Cult Of Mac.

    Click now! You know you want to! icon_lol.gif
    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook_pro


    damn those prices are ridiculous
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    Aug 21, 2011 11:43 PM GMT
    Mine works just fine. Yknow maybe it's not Windows' fault? I hate to back windows up b/c it sure is a pos, but that said I use Windows7 and have very little to complain about.


    Maybe try it on a different OS before you blame windows automatically. If you hate windows this much, and don't have any particular software you get a hard-on over, switch to Ubuntu. Natty Narwhal is AMAZING. Super fast, sleek, elegant, and just knocks windows out of the water. If i had the software on Ubuntu that I use on windows (Adobe suite, Lots of specific video games I've already bought/play often/dont work under Wine), I would never open windows again O.o


    Also, sounds like your computer is running some sort of cron job that will reset the status of your touchpad - maybe as a failsafe in case it got locked. If we had your computer model/info can help you out more icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 22, 2011 2:37 AM GMT
    Can you cut out a piece of cardboard or felt or foam, cover the touchpad with that, then put duct tape over?
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    Aug 22, 2011 4:26 AM GMT
    Okay that is just bizarre. My best guess is that there's some vendor software that CONVENIENTLY overrides your settings FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE so that you stupid humans don't go screwing up your computer... CONVENIENTCONVENTINTNEINT.

    I've never heard of the OS enabling something that you've disabled in device manager in all my 15 or so years of computing.

    While I do loathe Microsoft, I don't hate Windows 7. There are things about Windows I wish they would spend 5 minutes to make it less annoying but they never do version after version. But this problem can't be blamed on Windows.. Unless you're using Microsoft BOB?
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    Aug 22, 2011 6:40 AM GMT
    Well, clearly paul got electrocuted when he tried to open the laptop up.
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    Aug 22, 2011 1:48 PM GMT
    adam228 saidDid you try updating the trackpad and mouse drivers?
    Actually I deleted them completely.
    Yet it still works...even with the drivers completely uninstalled.
    This is SO confusing. And tech support won't answer my email.
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    Aug 22, 2011 1:49 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidCan you cut out a piece of cardboard or felt or foam, cover the touchpad with that, then put duct tape over?
    Did that. It's pressure sensitive, and senses my fingers even under the cardboard.
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    Aug 22, 2011 1:52 PM GMT
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    xrichx saidCome on Paul, quit making excuses. If you want a Mac, go buy one. Don't try to fabricate these supposed Windows related glitches to justify your desire to join the Cult Of Mac.

    Click now! You know you want to! icon_lol.gif
    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook_pro


    damn those prices are ridiculous
    I'd be more than willing to pay an extra $1000 (this one was $1500) if it would work correctly. I can't type a single sentence without having to stop, backspace over shit where the cursor was moved from touching the touchpad, restting the cursor where it's supposed to be.

    Just this post alone took three minutes, and I usually type 70+ wpm.
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    Aug 22, 2011 1:56 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidOkay that is just bizarre. My best guess is that there's some vendor software that CONVENIENTLY overrides your settings FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE so that you stupid humans don't go screwing up your computer... CONVENIENTCONVENTINTNEINT.

    I've never heard of the OS enabling something that you've disabled in device manager in all my 15 or so years of computing.

    While I do loathe Microsoft, I don't hate Windows 7. There are things about Windows I wish they would spend 5 minutes to make it less annoying but they never do version after version. But this problem can't be blamed on Windows.. Unless you're using Microsoft BOB?
    That's what I'm thinking...it's overriding my settings...which is THE reason I will never fly an Airbus (they do the same thing - plane takes over automatically if it thinks the pilot made a mistake - caused a major crash more than once and killed several people).
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    Aug 22, 2011 2:43 PM GMT
    Update: FINALLY got it to stop working...after uninstalling the drivers, then googling for a different driver.
    Now Fn+f9 works like it's supposed to.

    Next up, desktop icons...I always hide them. Then on restart, they show up again. But that's only a minor inconvenience, so I'll google up a fix for that later.
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    Aug 22, 2011 11:39 PM GMT
    guess no laptop is the same.

    i never have that problem on my current one .But then i keep my fingers sort of hovering over the keyboard all the time. Only the ones pressing a key down actually touch .

    but my previous netbook was a nightmare. The cursor would keep jumping all over the place as i typed. Finally out of anger i smashed the keyboard and that fixed the problem permanently. There's always a solution.
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    Aug 22, 2011 11:49 PM GMT
    My HP laptop has a button that turns off the touch pad.... this is something I look for on any laptop I buy.
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    Aug 22, 2011 11:57 PM GMT
    Paul, my typing teacher would have told me I have lazy wrists. So, operator error.
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    Aug 23, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
    flatstate2010 saidMy HP laptop has a button that turns off the touch pad.... this is something I look for on any laptop I buy.
    Mine does too, but the key combo didn't work with the original software. After uninstalling the original drivers and downloading new ones, the key combo finally works now.

    As for what I look for, I got the fastest laptop available on the market...need it for all the video and photo editing I do for work.