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Windows 7: Touchpad gone dead

24 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7
Touchpad gone dead

My wife was using our new Gateway laptop with Factory installed Windows 7. Been working beautifully. Suddenly the touchpad goes dead. She does a forced power off and restarts the machine. Still dead. The keyboard is working fine. Any ideas what might have gone wrong or how to navigate the system to trouble shoot without a cursor?

Thanks in advance everyone.


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24 Mar 2010   #2


Option 1
Re-install mouse/pad driver

Option 2
Attempt to recover the default mouse driver

Start, Run, CMD

sfc /scannow

Option 3
System restore to the point just before the pad died.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

If you can buy or borrow a wireless mouse, you might be able to troubleshoot.
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24 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

When I had a laptop something similar happened to me.

I had inadvertently hit a button combo, something like FN+7 (specific for that laptop) that disabled the touchpad.

First, see if you don't have a particular button combo that disables/enables the mouse pad.

(If you go the route of reinstalling the touchpad drivers first, and after rebooting you still have no function, I'm willing to bet that there is a button combo that disables/enables the touchpad)
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12 Dec 2011   #5

Win 7 x86_64 home premium

Shift+alt+F6 for carp sake. That is just plain annoying. Accidental keystroke combo? I think not. I plugged in a mouse-keyboard combo and whack, burp, click - no more touch-pad. Thanks windows 7 with a special guest appearance by gateway, the incompatibility wizards.
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