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Locate the "Fn" key in the lower right or left corner of the laptop keyboard. The "Fn" key typically has different colored text on it or the key itself is a different color. Locate the function (F1 through F12) key at the top of the keyboard that disables or enables the touchpad on the laptop. The key typically has an icon that resembles a touchpad with a finger touching it or a touchpad with a diagonal line through it. Press both the "Fn" and touchpad Function key simultaneously to reactive the touchpad on your laptop. Move your finger along the touchpad to verify that it works. Press the combination at any time to disable the touchpad again.
Click Start/Control Panel andlook for the Mouse and open it to check the mouse properties. Make sureyou don't have the touchpad disabled.
Some models will allow you to toggle the touchpad on or off by clicking on thebutton that is located at the top of the touch pad in the middle.
Some models will allow you to toggle the touchpad by tapping twice in the upperleft hand corner of the touchpad.
Some models will require a keystroke to toggle the touchpad. Press andHold the ALT or FN function key located at the lower left portion of thekeyboard, then hit the key that toggles the touchpad. The correct key tohit will have the icon of a finger pointing at a square that represents thetouchpad.
Download and reinstall the touch pad drivers.Get online and got towww.google.com In the google search box type: "Dell Support"(without the quotes and put your manufacturer name before Support). Lookfor downloads and drivers. Enter your model number and operating system whenrequested. Download and install the Touchpad drivers.
If your cursor moves erratically on the screen (for example, if it jumps around the screen, moves at varying speeds, or selects items on its own), perform the following steps:
1. Clean the surface of the touchpad with a dry, soft cloth to remove grease, sweat, moisture, or other liquids.
2. Adjust the sensitivity of the touch pad:.
a. Click the Start button and click Control Panel.
b. Click Printers and Other Hardware.
c. Click Mouse.
d. When the Mouse Properties window appears, click the Pointer Options tab.
e. Under Select a pointer speed:, click to move the slider bar closer to Slow.
f. Click OK.
g. Check to see if the touch pad still behaves erratically.
3. If the touchpad still caused the cursor to behave erratically, attach an external mouse to your computer and restart your computer. Use the external mouse to see if your cursor still moves erratically.
4. After connecting an external mouse, uninstall the touchpad driver from the Device manager listed under the "mice and other pointing devices" category and restart the Computer.
5. Download the Touchpad driver compatible to the Operating System installed on the Computer from the manufacturer's site and install it after restarting the Computer.
This is going to sound really weird but I found a fix. I've got a Dell studio XPS laptop and was getting annoyed by the same phenomenon. I discovered the problem was more common when my thumbs were close to/touching the touchpad. I cranked down the sensitivity of my touchpad and things got a lot better. Probably works for many different kinds of laptops.
For my machin - Steps to fix: Mouse Control Panel: Dell Touchpad Tab: Click to change Dell Touchpad Settings: Touchpad Settings: Touchpad Sensitivity: Move it from near "Light Touch" to the middle.
The \ key appears to be stuck. The keyboard is about $20 part and can be purchased on EBay with ease. Takes bout 15 minutes for a novice to install. The keyboard may resolve the touchpad issue too.
If the touchpad is still erratic after the keyboard is replaced, Flash the BIOS to latest version available and see if any change. If not the palmrest assembly will need to be replaced (About an hour job) or use an external mouse
I have had the same problem. This may sound strange, but try the following: Switch off the notebook. Remove the battery and keep the on off switch pressed for >5 seconds. Replace the battery and start the computer again.
Disabling or enabling the TouchPadThe TouchPad is enabled by default. To change the enable/disable the TouchPad setting:1Click Start, Control Panel.The Control Panel window appears.2Click Printers and Other Hardware.3Click Mouse Properties.The Mouse Properties window appears.4Click the TouchPAD ON/OFF tab.The TouchPad ON/OFF tab appears.5Select Disable or Enable, whichever is appropriate.6Click Apply. 7Click OK.The Mouse Properties window closes.8Close the Printers and Other Hardware window.9Close the Control Panel window.