On my daughter's Dell 1501, when using the touch pad, the right mouse click window keeps popping up w/o right clicking the mouse. Also, when on the desk top, and you close the window mentioned earlier, a blue, translucent box starts opening up on the desk top, and gets as big as when you move the cursor, until you click the mouse. Two really strange problems, are more than likely related, and I think the touch pad and/or mouse click buttons need to be replaced, but am not sure? She has Vista on the laptop, but I don't think it's a Vista problem. Problem has been going on for many months, and is very annoying.
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I've had this happen to me by accident once and a while. if it's many months then possibly re-installing the touchpad drivers (or updating them) would help.
You can also adjust mouse settings in the control panel, found in my computer on the left side of the window.
Hope this helps a little, It does sound like the buttons are sticky. be sure to rate! :)
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To turn off the touch pad on your system you can right click on the touchpad properties and choose touchpad properties located on your taskbar to the right. Once you have it open you will see where to turn the touchpad off.
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On the top of your keyboard there should be F keys like F1,F2 etc. Every F key has a little picture.When you see a touchpad picture press Fn+F5. According to my Laptop. For example if your touchpad picture is at F6 then you would press Fn+F6.The Fn key should be located near the ctrl keys. If this does not work then try the following steps:-
1 Click the Windows "Start" button in the bottom-left corner of your desktop. Scroll up and click "Control Panel."
2 Choose the "Mouse" icon or type "Mouse" in the field in the upper-right corner. Click the "Enter" button and then click the "Mouse" link.
3 Press the "Hardware" tab or the tab to the right of it that specifies the type of touch pad you have. If you are under the "Hardware" tab, highlight the touch pad in the list of devices and click the "Enable" button. If you are under the touch pad tab, click the enable button.
4 Click the "Apply" button and then click the "OK" button.
It would appear that the left/right touch pad buttons have failed. You will have 3 options at this point in time. 1) Use an external wireless mouse such as a Logitech Wireless Mouse M505 for roughly $39.99 2) Use alternative features on the laptop. Left click is typically simulated by tapping or double tapping the touch pad itself and right click can be simulated, in most cases, by single tapping the icon and pressing the pop-up menu button, typically located between the right alt and ctrl buttons. 3) Search for a replacement component online and replace the component. Touch pad replacement will require you to remove all casing screws from the laptop and then remove the case. You will then expose the screws and cabling for the touch pad. I can not give more detailed instructions as this varies per laptop model.
You can use the Mouse Properties window to disable the touch pad or adjust
the touch pad settings.
1 Click Start , and then click Control Panel.
2 Click Hardware and Sound.
3 Click Keyboard.
4 In the Mouse Properties window:
• Click the Device Select tab to disable the touch pad.
• Click the Touch Pad tab to adjust touch pad settings.
5 Click OK to save the settings and close the window.
It can be disconnected, but if you have never taken apart a laptop I would not try it. A better way to disable it would be in the device manager. I'm going to assume you have Windows XP, if you don't, just let me know and I will give you the right instructions for whatever OS you have. Click on Start, then right click the "My Computer" icon. Next click "Properties". Select the "Hardware" tab and click "Device Manager". This will open the device manager window. Find the selection that says "mice and other pointing devices" and click the + sign next to it. This will show you what Windows sees you are using for a mouse. If you are also using a USB mouse at this time, it will be shown here. Right click on the mouse that is labeled as a touch pad and then click "Properties". Next click the "Advanced Settings" tab. Click the drop down box for "Wheel Detection" and select "Detection Disabled". This should cure the problem you are having. If not, you will need to disable the entire touch pad or find a way to disconnect the wires from the effective spot. Also, with this problem, you may have a hard time going through the procedure I just mentioned, but it is definitely much easier than taking the laptop apart, trust me. Let me know if you have any questions.
This could be a hardware or software (windows) problem.
If it is hardware it could be as simple as the connector ribbon inside is loose or that the touch-pad unit is failing. A replacement is $30-$80 plus labour.
I've seen a few of these where the problem is windows acting up. Since you have tried the drivers and they didn't fix it what you can try is go to control panel - system - hardware - device manager - mice and other pointing devices
Open that and select and then delete the pointing device or mouse shown. Then reboot. Windows is now forced to detect the touchpad hardware and reinstall the drivers. That usually does the trick unless it is hardware caused.
Now the tricky bit. Once you delete the mouse you will have to close and reboot using only your keyboard. You need windows to reboot normally, you can't just pull the power cord. To do this use ALT-F4. Hold down the ALT key and press the F4 that will close the windows until you get back to the windows desktop where it will close down windows. When you start the computer again your mouse will be detected and will work again. What we won't know is if that is enough to reset things and get your buttons working until you try this. You can try this a few times but generally if the drivers are right and you have done this then its time to replace the touch-pad.
you are going to have to go into the control panel and to the mouse properties. in there you will be able to put the icon back in the taskbar. i dont know why it changed itself though. on my dell a couple times i had to reinstall the mouse drivers for some reason. i just went to dell.com and got them there. hope this helps