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Windows 7: The unusable Touchpad

09 Apr 2010   #1

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
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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13 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6

Thanks for posting your fix, karlsnooks! I'll flag this thread to be marked 'Solved'.


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13 Apr 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I hate those touchpads too. I operate the laptops with a scrollball keyboard or a scrollball mouse. But I cannot disable the touchpads because the laptops are the wife's and she adores the touchpads.
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