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Adjusting the touchpad sensitivity on a Gateway laptop lets
you fix and prevent annoying touchpad problems.
Often the touchpad is accidentally brushed while typing,
which causes the cursor to move out of place.
Or you may find yourself having to tap too hard or too often
on the touchpad to open windows and programs.
These problems can be fixed by simply adjusting the
touchpad's sensitivity settings.
Click the "Start" button and double-click "Control Panel."
Double-click "Hardware & Sound" and choose
"Mouse" to open the mouse properties box.
Choose the "Device Settings" tab. Highlight
"Synaptic Touchpad" in the Devices box by clicking on it. Click the
"Settings" button underneath the Devices box.
Choose "Sensitivity" in the properties settings
Click "PalmCheck" to adjust the sensitivity of
the touchpad to accidental brushes against the pad while typing, which causes
the cursor to move.
Click and hold the pointer to adjust the setting on the
Click "Touch Sensitivity" to adjust the
sensitivity of the touchpad to tapping.
Click and hold the pointer to adjust the setting on the
A higher rating on the scale means less tapping pressure
will be needed.
This just happened on my HP2730P. I always used the click on the
touchpad, plus used the right click button at the bottom. Yesterday it
just decided to stop working and went haywier...it started doing the
selecting and dragging while I was moving the mouse around and my left
click stopped working. Obviously my enable tap click was already on cuz
I used it all the time.
My solution was disabling the buttons under the "buttons" tab. Then
my mousepad tap started working again, I regained function in the
scrollbar on the mousepad again, and if I need to right click I can use
the point stick buttons right above the pad.
Does it start working when you reboot? If so, try changing the "Touchpad Sensitivity" option :)
Some notebook users find the touch pad annoying because at times, while typing fast, their thumbs accidentally brush up against the touchpad. This is frustrating because the mouse cursor jumps to a random location on the screen and can cause undesirable things.
To turn off the touchpad when an external mouse or other pointing device is present, you can goto the Control Panel and double click the Mouse properties icon.
Click the Device Select tab and check "Disable Touch Pad when USB Pointing Device is present." The cursor will no longer move via the touchpad.
On the bottom bar by the clock, if your computer is newer there should
be a small icon that controls your mouse. Simply right click on it and
check the box "tap to click" or similar. Hope this helps! Please rate me if i am helpful. Thank you.
It sounds like the touchpad is working ok but probably needs some setting(s) adjusted. The touchpad settings can be accessed through the windows control panel. But before going to the control panel it's useful to review the touchpad basics for single and double clicking. They are as follows: •Tap once on the main touchpad for single click. •Tap twice for double click. •The lighter the touch, the better the response. •Tapping harder will not increase the touchpad's responsiveness.
•Opening the Control Panel The Windows Control Panel can be opened by: Selecting *Start > Control Panel (on Windows Vista) - OR - Start > Run > Type 'Control' and select OK (on Windows XP) *The Enter key may be used on the keyboard in place of touchpad clicking*
In the Control Panel, do the following: •Select Mouse [Enter] (Brings up the touchpad properties sheet) •Look at the Buttons tab in the touchpad properties sheet. •Adjust the settings and test the touchpad until you get the response you desire.
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I had the same problem after purchasing an HP laptop with a Synaptics TouchPad. After using a wireless mouse for awhile, the TouchPad stopped working. The TouchPad light was white, indicating it was enabled. No TouchPad devices was listed anymore in the Mouse Properties in the Control Panel. I tried reloading the driver but nothing changed.
After shutting down the laptop and removing the battery (according to owner’s manual) it worked again. After turning on the laptop, make sure the TouchPad works. Then go to Control Panel, Mouse, Device Settings tab, and make sure a Synaptics TouchPad is listed in the Devices list and that the Enable button is grayed out.
Here is what I did to get the touchpad to start working again. My laptop is Gateway and a couple years old, running Windows Vista.
1. Start>Control Panel
2. Double-click on Mouse icon (or button, depending on how you're systems set up).
3. When a the Mouse Properties window pops up, choose the Device Settings tab.
4. Click on the Settings... button.
5. A new window pops up and on the right side there is a list of options - choose Tapping.
6. Once clicked, there is a check box that allows you to Enable Tapping.
7. Click OK to close out your windows and the tapping option should be enabled on your touchpad.
This happens to me also. Check whether the touchpad is enabled (laptops do have an option of enabling / disabling the touchpad). Secondly, you can try reinstalling the touchpad driver. Uninstall and then re-install the driver. Re-boot the system. Try using the touchpad.