I know this is a simple fix but it is extremely annoying at the moment. I need to be able to restore the tap to enter function on my touchpad. I have tried to look in the control panel-mouse functions and I don't see anything on the touchpad in there.
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On many laptops, there is a soft switch to turn the touchpad on and off. It is a keyboard combo of the Fn key and one of the special function keys. The special function key will have a picture of a touchpad on it. Press that combo and see if function is restored.
I've had to deal with this problem on a number of laptops, not just Dells, although i must say that i've seen more Dell laptops having this problem though. The reason is simple, the wires relaying the input devices (keyboard and touch pad) to the motherboard of the laptop were either designed too frail, or the engineers didn't figure that putting them there would cause them to rub ever so slightly against the metal casing and will cause them to break up after a while. So basically when it's not working it's cause the wires and just moved in a way where they are not contacting, and when you hit hard enough, the wires touch and give the contact needed to work. And of course moving and shaking the laptop cause the wires to move ever so slightly also and cause them to start and stop contacting, just like flickering and on/off switch over and over. So if it is still under warranty, send it back fast before it's too late, as Dell has many service points around the world, and you can ship it to them via a courrier like Purolator or UPS just about all around the world also, so even if you did move out of country you can still get them to honor their warranty and would be a shame to have to scrap a laptop just cause the warranty passed out.
first things first, do take ur laptop off the towel (as this blocks air flow) and place it on a flat surface but slightly elevated to allow better air flow, a better alternative is a notebook cool pad.
now coming to the touchpad issue
download this utility from the support section of dells websight, it gives u loads of option for the touchpad and lets u turn of the tapping to double click!!
hope this helped
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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.