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There might be a hardware problem with your keyboard. You can run a quick diagnostics for the keyboard. You can access diagnostics by going to the advanced bood option.When you turn on the system as soon as you see the Dell logo keep tapping on F12, select diagnostics and pre boot system assessment will load. After running a quick diagnostics for the system it will give an option to select Custom test and select the test for keyboard . It will ask you to tap on the keys and if there's an error shows you have to replace the internal keyboard already.
There is a button to turn on and off the touch pad. Is there a button on your keyboard that has the letters FN on it? if so hold that down and see what comes up. If not search for any kind of switch near your touch pad or that is on the keyboard that is not a normal typing key.
First thing to try to uinstall and reinstall the software for your touchpad. Go to Acer and get the latest drivers and or software. Sometimes, just removing the driver and letting windows find it again in device manager is enough to fix it. hopes this helps.
Normally though. keyboard and touchpad are seperate entities. which made me think of the motherboard as that is the only constant between the 2 but, if your touchpad is buggy maybe it is causing issues elsewhere.
install an application called 'Launch Manager' That will help.You didn't say what model?Acer Extensa 2000/2500 Series --- Far right launch button above the keyboard Acer Travelmate C Series ---Far left hot key and then choose WLAN from menu that appears Acer Aspire 1000 Series --Launch Keys above the keyboard Acer Aspire 1640Z ---- Launch Keys above the keyboard Acer Aspire 1690 ---- Launch Keys above the keyboard Acer Aspire 2000 Series ---- Button on the front of the laptop Acer Aspire 2012 ---- Launch Keys above the keyboard Acer Ferrari 3000 ---- Button on the front of the laptop Acer Ferrari 3020 ---- Button on the front of the laptop Acer Ferrari 3400 ---- Button on the front of the laptop Acer Ferrari 4000 ---- Button on the front of the laptopIf you don;t have the drivers go to the Acer site and download them, and install.
you may need to reinstall the drivers for keyboard and touch pad, if you still have the drivers cd on hand look for these two important drivers, since you have the new xp installed all drivers have been erased.
hope this helps
try to repair os installation it might be happening due to some driver conflicts . in safe mode only basic drivers like keyboard mouse etc will work other device drivers have no role in safe mode try it