September 11th, 2007, 06:30 PM
Disabling mousepad on laptop
I was wondering if there was a way to disable the mousepad on a laptop. Im running vista (not sure if that makes a difference). I used a USB mouse instead of the little pad thingy and when im typing my palm often hits the mouse pad and makes the cursor jump. Any Suggestions?
September 11th, 2007, 07:13 PM
Have you tried checking the mouse settings in the Control Panel? I know that my laptop has a button over the the touch pad for quick disable/enabling but it also has an option in the control panel to disable it there.
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September 11th, 2007, 07:40 PM
What make and model is your laptop?
Usually it is one of:
1. A physical switch
2. A fuction key or key combination
3. A setting in the BIOS
4. A control panel setting
September 11th, 2007, 09:01 PM
September 11th, 2007, 09:10 PM
Nihil is right (again) it's in the BIOS.
September 11th, 2007, 09:15 PM
The BIOS will work, if the setting exists. If not, The Wolfman suggests cutting a piece of cardboard in the exact shape of your mousepad and then applying 4 pieces of duct tape. Works evey time!!
September 11th, 2007, 10:16 PM
This HP/Compaq technical support article may help:
Otherwise you could probably reduce the touchpad sensitivity until it ignores tapping whilst typing?
September 12th, 2007, 08:48 PM
I downloaded the Synaptics program and it worked great. I disabled the mousepad and now i can type without the cursor jerking around. The next step is getting read of vista and going back to more familiar teritories
September 13th, 2007, 09:25 AM
Glad to hear that worked. The Synaptics software is quite impressive. I have never used it for disabling a laptop touchpad, but I have used it when setting up touchpads for people suffering from arthritis...........they find it difficult to use a conventional mouse.
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