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Turning off a laptop touchpad

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by mygoose, Jun 13, 2009.

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  1. mygoose

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    Please would someone mind telling me how to turn off the touchpad on an Asus laptop when using an external mouse.

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  2. Nick Tompson

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    Hello,

    We can disable the touchpad permanately.
    Do you know what type/brand of touchpad your Asus laptop is installed with?
     
  3. mygoose

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    Hello Nick

    I haven't got access to it at the minute so don't know type of touchpad or Asus model.

    Sorry
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  4. Nick Tompson

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    No problem. Would you like to learn how to disable the touchpad permanately, or you would only like to disable it when a mouse is in use?
     
  5. mygoose

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    Hello Nick

    Thanks.

    Would you mind telling me both?

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  6. Nick Tompson

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    I cannot tell you how to disable it when a mouse is in use until I know the touchpad make & model etc, as I do not know for sure if it is possible for your specific touchpad device.

    However, in order to disable the device permanately, follow these steps:

    1. Click Start and then click Run.
    2. In the Open box type "devmgmt.msc" and then click OK.
    3. In Device Manager, expand the section Mice and other pointing devices, and then double click your touchpad device.
    4. If you are using Windows XP, go to step 5. If you are using Windows Vista or higher, go to step 6.
    5. For Windows XP, under Device Usage select Do not use this device (disable) and then click OK.
    6. For Windows Vista or higher, click the Driver tab and then click Disable. Click OK.

    The touchpad will now be permanately disabled, until you re-enable it again.
     
  7. mygoose

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    Hello Nick

    Thanks very much

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    Thanks but I've looked at this in Vista and the disable button is blanked out?

    Rgds
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  9. mygoose

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    Hello Nick

    I noticed that you came on line today.

    Any reply to this please?

    Many thanks
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  10. Nick Tompson

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    Sorry, please excuse me :)

    Okay since you now have access to the laptop, can you provide me with the touchpad manufacturer's name?
     
  11. mygoose

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    Hello Nick

    Thanks but no I haven't access to the laptop yet but I was aware that the disable function was "missing" and I've looked at it in Vista on other laptops and it would help to know why it is blanked out.

    Thanks
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  12. Nick Tompson

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    Doing some research suggests that the key combination FN + F9 disables the touchpad on ASUS laptops.

    However until the specific touchpad (perhaps its Synaptics?) it is hard for me to tell you how to specifically disable it.
     
  13. mygoose

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    Hello Nick

    Originally, apparently the Fn + F9 combination isn't working hence the reason for seeking an alternative.

    I doubt as if I will be able to find the specific make of touchpad and in any case all of those I've looked at it doesn't say. The best I could probably do would be to find the model of Asus laptop.

    Could you not tell me why the Disable in your previous steps is blanked out?

    "6. For Windows Vista or higher, click the Driver tab and then click Disable. Click OK."


    Thanks for help
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  14. Nick Tompson

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    It's possible the touchpad driver is disabling the button.
    You may try playing around with Control Panel -> Mouse and see if there any settings for the touchpad there.
     
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