|09 Apr 2010||#1|
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The unusable Touchpad
Just had an intereesting experience.
I'm not a fan of the touchpad and awhile back I had chose the option to disable the touchpad when a usb mouse was connected. Also not being a fan of Toshiba's bloatware I'd remove their utilities.
A couple of days ago I noticed that the touchpad was unusable-with or without a usb mouse connected. Went troubleshooting. Used Verifier which ended up with me having to disable and delete the touchpad software so that Verifier didn't give me a white-line screen-of-death.
Good and well. I went to the Toshiba site and downloaded the latest Synaptics touchpad driver which has also been blessed by Microsoft. Installed same but still no usable Touchpad.
Turned out that I had to reinstall the "Utilities" from Toshiba, in particular, I needed the "flash cards" as FN+F9 enables/disables the touchpad. After having the flashcard utility, I can enable/disable Touchpad. (oh yes, the setting in the properties for the Touchpad had zero effect until after the FlashCard utility install.) Since I find the flashcards annoying, I 've disabled the display but it will be awhile before I forget about the FN + F9 combo.
On the positive side, I got an introduction to the use of Verifier.exe.
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