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Windows 7: hows do i disable touchpad with function keys?

05 Sep 2011   #1
lsag

windows 7 64 bits professional
 
 
hows do i disable touchpad with function keys?

Hello ppl

i just had my system reinstaled with win 7 64bit professional, and canīt find a way to disable the touchpad. i prefer to use a dedicated, and very handy usb mouse. i used to have windows home edition, on this hardware, and everything worked. just pressed Fn + F9, et voila: touchpad disabled, and just use the mouse

i noticed on device manager an unknown usb device, that keeps popping up. unpluged all devices (including the mouse), rebooted, and there it is again. weird, because all usb devices (pendrives, mouse, usb harddrives, usb wi-fi modem), seem to work ok. because of that, already updated the touchpad and usb drivers, to no avail

also,

the computer is an asus n71 JQ

tahks for any help


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05 Sep 2011   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support-

Looks like its the Function key + F9 or F3 that you want to disable the touchpad.
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05 Sep 2011   #3
lsag

windows 7 64 bits professional
 
 
all special keys disabled!

yes, it is Fn + F9. of that i am sure. but, now i notice that the all the other special keys (mute, volume up / down, stop / play dvd, etc) aren't functioning either. is this kind of stuff disabled in the professional edition? already tried to update all the drivers, to no avail.
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05 Sep 2011   #4
smarteyeball

 
 

Installed the ATK hotkey utility?

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download N71Jq

ATK > ATK Hotkey Utility
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06 Sep 2011   #5
lsag

windows 7 64 bits professional
 
 

thanks for the feedback

yes, instaled ATK as part of the updates previously mentioned. There are 2 of those keys working: Fn + F5 (decrease screen brightness) and Fn + F6 (increase screen brightness). Tested all the others, and they are all disabled. And can't still disable touchpad.

For now the best option seems to be, to go back to home ed. and this professional ed doesn't seem to have any added and usefull value to me, aside from remote desktop. But i refuse to be defeated by it! (for the time being, that is)
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06 Sep 2011   #6
smarteyeball

 
 

Interesting. The version difference shouldn't make a lick of difference to the hotkey functionality...

I'd like to point you in the right direction, but I have nothing else
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07 Sep 2011   #7
lsag

windows 7 64 bits professional
 
 

ill keep trying till the weekend. if it's still screwing up, win home ed comes back ...home

thanks
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07 Sep 2011   #8
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I've just realised where you're going wrong.

When you had full use of your Function keys were you using the operating system and factory setup as supplied by Asus?

If so, and you then install a fresh copy of Windows 7 Professional, you need to extract the Asus software for your Function keys and install that as well.

Either that or go back to your factory settings, and then use Windows Anytime Upgrade, all you'll need to do is input your Windows Professional product key for the upgrade to take place.

Re-activate and you should then have Windows 7 Professional along with the full Asus functionality on your keyboard.
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08 Sep 2011   #9
lsag

windows 7 64 bits professional
 
 

well, you got it right: was using the default os, Windows 7 home ed, and replaced with a fresh Professional ed. but i already installed what i thougt to be the right software from ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download N71Jq

they where: ATK Hotkey Utility and TOUCHPAD driver (in fact tried also Elantech Touchpad Driver). But the problem remains
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13 Sep 2011   #10
lsag

windows 7 64 bits professional
 
 

As expected, putting Home back in it's place, corrected everything (although i had to update the mentioned drivers). seavixen32, thanks for the reply, but i believe that the professional version version haven't brought any meaningful added value.

many thanks to you all!!
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