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My Toshiba Satellite touchpad suddenly stopped working

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by tricon7, May 28, 2016.

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  1. tricon7

    tricon7 Thread Starter

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    I went to use my laptop today, and I discovered that the touchpad has stopped working. In fact, I was unable to even get past the sign-on screen, and if it weren't for the fact that I got a mouse arrow with a plug-in USB mouse, the laptop would be completely dead to me.

    My son uses the laptop for Minecraft gaming, but I don't think that has anything to do with this. Even a reboot didn't change anything. I wonder if a Windows update screwed something up (again)? I'm at a loss. I'm not always where I can set up a physical mouse to use - and frankly I don't want to have to.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    tricon7 Thread Starter

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    Found the solution. When I pressed the F5 button (not Fn + F5), I got a popup that said "touchpad disabled." When I pressed it again, it said "touchpad enabled." I unplugged my USB mouse and tried again, and it's now working. What a screwed up design that allows a user to accidentally disable one's touchpad with an accidental press of the F5 key. Then you have to research the problem before figuring out the problem. Someone in the Toshiba laptop design department should be fired.
     
  3. jaredhk

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    This is definitely an annoying Toshiba feature. I believe that there is a BIOS setting that allows you to reverse the functions (so that F5 will do what fn + F5 does now and visa-versa).

    Luckily, you do not have a much bigger but rarer defect: Some ELAN touchpads disable sporadically and have to be re enabled through keyboard menus.
     
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