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Dell Inspiron 8600 Touchpad and Tracking Ball doesn't work

Anybody know about the ALPS driver not working on the 8600 - any solutions to get the touchpad going?? zephyr

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  • zephyr71 Jan 14, 2009

    biju thomas - thanks, but I have already tried the dell site and the different versions of the ALPS driver. Did take the keyboard cover off and solved the AC Adapter/Battery no power on/power off problem that many inspiron owners have had - the ribbon connection was loose (found under the top blue frame that contains the power on button) I have a feeling that a similar loose connection is preventing the touch pad and stick point from working, but couldn't figure out how to take off the rest of the keyboard frame. So that's what I know. Thanks again, zephyr

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    Which operating system do you have installed?

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Download the Alps Touchpad driver for the Inspiron 8600 from the FTP site of Dell (

Let me know if this helped!

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  • Biju Thomas Jan 14, 2009

    Well, thatz good to know that you self-troubleshoot. Ideally the parts you are requesting to remove and check are not customer replacable / removable parts. But, if you still want to try it yourself, here is the link that shows how to teardown the laptop. (NOTE there were two versions of this laptop one with the parallel and serial ports and one without - choose the manual accordingly)


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