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Windows 7: Disabling Touchpad on Lenovo G570 Laptop

18 Aug 2012   #1
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Disabling Touchpad on Lenovo G570 Laptop

I have a Lenovo G570 laptop (Win7 64 bit) with a Synaptics touchpad I would like to permanently disable or disable when a USB mouse is plugged in. This machine doesn't have a switch to turn off the touchpad and I never remember to hit Fn/F6 until I screw up my typing because I dragged my thumb over the stupid touchpad. I've tried programs that briefly shut off the touchpad when a key is pressed but they didn't work for two reasons: one, I often brush the touchpad before I hit a key, and, two, my USB mouse also temporarily shuts off.

The only selection in the driver is to permanently turn it off but when I select that, I get a popup saying, "You are about to disable the only active Synaptics pointing device." That makes me doubly nervous since programs that shut off the touchpad also affect the mouse and Iím afraid that if the touchpad is permanently turned off at the driver, it will also permanently shut off the mouse, effectively bricking my laptop. Any suggestions?


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18 Aug 2012   #2
derekimo

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Have you tried the method mentioned here,

Automatically Disable Touchpad - Lenovo Community
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18 Aug 2012   #3
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

"The only selection in the driver is to permanently turn it off..."
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18 Aug 2012   #4
derekimo

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I'm not talking about drivers...

Try going to control panel, mouse, device settings tab and check the box I highlighted here,

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Automatically Disable Touchpad - Lenovo Community

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There should be a little box to check to disable touchpad when a mouse is plugged in. Click apply then okay.

If there's not an icon in the taskbar, go into control panel and click mouse and follow the above


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19 Aug 2012   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Again, I DON'T have that option. I get the box just as you show except the highlighted portion in NOT there! And I do have the latest driver.
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19 Aug 2012   #6
derekimo

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OK, Thank you for your patience.

It seems that some OEM's have chosen to remove that feature.

I found a registry work around to re-enable that feature if you are comfortable trying it.

As always when you mess with the registry, you should at the very least,

System Restore Point - Create

Or even better, have a recent system image to fall back on,

Imaging with free Macrium

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Here is the registry workaround I found,

Latest Synaptics Touchpad drivers - Page 3 - Touchpads - LaptopVideo2Go Forums
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19 Aug 2012   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I've already tried that. Didn't work. I swear, this is the last Lenovo I'll ever have.
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19 Aug 2012   #8
derekimo

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Sorry that didn't work for you, I don't have any other ideas.

You did try a restart after the reg fix?
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19 Aug 2012   #9
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Yes.
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20 Aug 2012   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Anyone else have any ideas? Maybe a different driver (I wouldn't care if the touchpad lost a few features)?
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