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How to disable Touchpad???

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  1. JYates

    JYates Thread Starter

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    Hi

    I have an Advent 7204 laptop running Vista Premium. It's one problem is the touchpad. Double tapping the touchpad is the same as clicking one of the mouse buttons which is infuriating as it happens frequently when I don't want it to whilst typing!!!

    I'd like to disable this feature but cannot find any option for it (I can't even seem to disable the touchpad entirely and use a mouse instead?!?!). None of the Fn buttons seem to do it and there is nothing in my system tray.

    Anyone ideas greatly appreciated...!:confused:
     
  2. Striker840

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    just get an usb mouse, install it, and run with it. Also, go into msconfig or whatever it is in Vista and just clear the box that loads the touchpad on startup.
     
  3. bonk

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    Have you click on Mouse in Control Panel and does anything come up about the touch pad??
     
  4. JYates

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    USB mouse is installed but it doesn't automatically override the touchpad, they both work so the problem remains. Can't see anything relating to the touchpad in the mouse options in the control panel, only the usual stuff about pointer speed etc, nothing specific to the touchpad. Can't see it in device manager either, unless it is under system devices under an ambiguous name...
     
  5. Ciberblade

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    are you looking to disable the touchpad permanently -- or switch on and off?
     
  6. JYates

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    Would prefer to be able to switch on and off as I will be taking the laptop out occasionally...
     
  7. Ciberblade

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    In that case, as bonk suggested -- go to your control panel > mouse properties. There you should be able to turn off the tapping via checkboxes. Depending on the driver installed, you may have a setting to recognize an external mouse, thereby disabling the touchpad automatically.
     
  8. JYates

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    Makes sense to me, but the option simply doesn't seem to be there?!?!

    It's listed as a PS/2 compatible mouse and the properties are those of a regular mouse, there is nothing to indicate it is actually a touchpad or to give me any control over the unique functionality of a touchpad rather than a mouse?!?! :(
     
  9. DoubleHelix

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    Okay. I'll try this again, and next time I read more thoroughly.

    If you want to disable the touchpad completely, do it through Device Manager. It makes sense to me that you can't disable it in the software. It's not smart enough to detect that there's an external mouse connected for you to use instead. And what would happen if you disconnected the mouse before re-enabling the touchpad? If you do disable the touchpad in Device Manager, remember to re-enable it before disconnecting the mouse to use the laptop away from your desk. Otherwise you'll be stuck with keyboard navigation.

    I don't see an option in my computer's touchpad software to disable double-tapping. There is an option to disable tapping completely, and there's an option to disable tapping while typing which is currently checked on my system.
     
  10. Ciberblade

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    It's probably a synaptic mouse -- you can try updating the drivers...start with allowing it to search for an updated one from the web automatically. Beyond that, you manufacturer might have one wrote. :cool:
     
  11. JYates

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    Again, the option isn't there. Ready to start banging my head on the wall now...!
     
  12. JYates

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    It thinks it is the most up to date driver..

    AAAHHHH!!!!!!
     
  13. JYates

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    Just wondering if anyone else has any ideas??? :confused:
     
  14. JohnWill

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    Many drivers for the Synaptics touchpad will allow you to disable the double-tap on the pad for a left click. I have two laptops with that pad, and I've disabled it on both. One is an older Averatec, and the other is a new HP with Vista.

    I believe for the Averatec, I had to download updated drivers to get the option to disable the double-tap, which I found incredibly annoying! :)
     
  15. rrrobertsson

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    I have exactly the same problem with my Advent 7204 and i simply cant find a solution to this - jyates could you pls email me (rrrobert at gmail dot com ) if you have found solution - please please as this is making me crazy
     
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