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Synaptics touchpad suddenly stopped working

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by grahambanes, Jun 12, 2005.

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  1. grahambanes

    grahambanes Thread Starter

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    I have a new Acer Aspire 1670 laptop which has worked fine for the past few weeks. However, I turned it on this morning (it worked fine last night) to find that my touchpad no longer works.

    I don't feel this is a hardware issue in the sense that the touchpad has become unplugged from the internal PS/2 port, because the touchpad works for about 3-4 seconds after I log onto Windows/when the desktop loads up. That's the only time it works, it doesn't even work at the welcome/logon screen.

    After those 3-4 seconds, something obviously happens that's preventing it from working.

    I thought it might be my Wacom Graphire II graphics tablet, which is plugged in via USB 2. However, my touchpad and tablet have worked fine together for the past few weeks and have never caused any problems.

    I unplugged the tablet, and uninstalled the tablet and touchpad drivers. I then rebooted, and - navigating around with the keyboard - reinstalled the touchpad drivers and rebooted. It still won't work.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. winbob

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    Two things:

    1. Does the touchpad have an indicator light that shows you when it is activated? The one on my HP does.

    2. Is there an On/Off button above the touchpad...there is on my HP. Did you accidently turn it OFF :eek:
     
  3. grahambanes

    grahambanes Thread Starter

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    There's no indicator light... but I've just noticed one of the function keys has a distorted representation of a touchpad on it, and - lo and behold - touchpad now works. :rolleyes:

    Thanks for your help!
     
  4. winbob

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    Graham,

    Good deal.

    Para-phrasing the guy in the 'Karate Kid'..."Wipe on, Wipe off"...."Turn on, Turn off" !!! :cool:
     
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