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Do you mean the mouse buttons below the touchpad do not work but the actual touchpad does? If so I would try removing/reinstalling your touchpad drivers. If that holds no success I would consider replacing the touchpad hardware.
I dont think it was fried,try to do a system restore going back to the time that its properly working,click on start,all programs,accesories,system tools,then system restore then choose the date when you think that its properly working...
Check the mouse setup in control panel - many can be turned off but you have to use keyboard steps to get to the controls under mouse for the touchpad. You can also download a live CD like Ubuntu, burn to a Cd and boot from that and if the touchpad works in Ubuntu then it is the driver software in the off setting. If the Ubuntu or other OS live CD yields a dead touchpad then the touchpad itself has gone bad, or the connector on the motherboard has loosened, or the controller on the motherboard has failed. Troubleshooting the dead hardware will incur getting replacement hardware to isolate it - get a used touchpad or palmrest with touchpad included from a reseller on ebay or a place like laptopaid.com that fits your model. It will involve disassembly to install.
One way to get to the mouse/touchpad settings is to hookup a regular USB mouse then boot so you wont have to use keyboard shortcuts. Check the settings, turn the touchpad on if it's set to off then disconnect the USB mouse and you should be good.
add an external mouse/keyboard to fix the onboard fault.
check the device manager for any yellow exclamation marks. as there may be a faulty or corrupt. keyboard/mouse touchpad driver.
other option, is to add remove touchpad drivers, and re-install.
finally, you could check if the settings are correct in the bios.
Check if you have installed the latest drivers... For the touchpad, you should be able to find them on the hp support site For external mouse, there should be drivers on the manufacturers site or the driver disk that came along with it.
Is it the touchpad that doesn't work, or is it an external mouse?