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How do I disable the touchpad on an acer travelmate 5520

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  • Richard Finch May 11, 2010

    Why do you wish to disable the touch pad?

    I have several customers who have disabled the touchpad on Acers when they have used an external monitor and mouse and then found that they cannot re-enable it when using the laptop normally.

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Fn (funtion key) F7
control panel - mouse settings - there's a check box Disable internal pointing device when external USB pointing device is connected

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Touch screen not working


The touchpad on the Acer Aspire is built into the notebook itself, which makes the device much harder to troubleshoot or replace. While you can connect a universal serial bus mouse to the notebook if the touchpad becomes unresponsive, attaching any external device reduces the notebook's portability. Although hardware failure can cause the touchpad to stop working, most device-related problems are due to software settings or other conflicts.

Hardware Conflict
Peripheral devices connected to the Aspire can interfere with the integrated touchpad. Disconnect all of the external devices, except for the power adapter, that are connected to the Aspire; then restart the computer. Test the touchpad after booting into Windows. If the touchpad responds, a hardware device is interfering with the pointing device. Reconnect each device one by one to the notebook, testing the touchpad throughout. If the pointing device stops responding after connecting a particular device, the component is interfering with the touchpad. Go to the device manufacturer's website and look up the product model. Check the bulletin board to see if the manufacturer has posted a notice or update addressing issues with device conflicts. If no such update is available, download the latest driver for the component and install it on the computer. b> Disabled Touchpad b> The Acer Aspire 5516 comes with a preset group of keyboard combinations, called hotkeys, that are used to enable or disable devices, configure sound volume and screen brightness, and control the notebook mode. The hotkeys "Fn" and "F7" turn the touchpad on and off. If the integrated mouse is unresponsive, hold down "Fn" and press "F7"; then test the touchpad to see if the device reactivates. If the touchpad still doesn't work, open Device Manager from within the Control Panel. Expand "Mice and Other Pointing Devices," then right-click the touchpad device. If the touchpad is disabled in Device Manager, you'll see the "Enable" option in the context menu. Click it to turn the touchpad back on; then restart the computer. Corrupt Driver b> Windows Vista talks to the touchpad through a program called a device driver. The driver enables Windows Vista to "see" the touchpad and send it instructions. Once the driver communicates these instructions to the touchpad, the touchpad informs the processor that it needs to perform a task, and a specific set of code is performed. If the driver for the touchpad is outdated or corrupt, or if the driver isn't compatible with the OS -- Acer offers touchpad drivers for Windows XP and Windows 7, but these drivers won't work with Windows Vista -- the touchpad becomes unresponsive. Expand the "Mouse and Other Pointing Devices" section from within Device Manager; if Windows detects a problem with the driver, it places a yellow exclamation point or red "X" next to the device. Double-click the touchpad driver to see the error message; then look up the message on the Microsoft Support website for further assistance. b> Touchpad Settings b> Mouse Properties, accessed through the Control Panel, contains several different configuration settings that can alter how the touchpad behaves on the Aspire 5516. On the "Device Settings" tab is the option "Disable Internal Pointing Device When External USB Pointing Device Is Attached." As the option states, if an external mouse is connected to the Aspire 5516, the touchpad will stop working; disable this option if you're using an external pointing device. Clicking the "Settings" button opens the "Properties for Synaptics Touchpad" window. On this screen are the "PalmCheck" and "Touch Sensitivity" options. If PalmCheck is set too high, or Touch Sensitivity too low, the touchpad won't respond to normal touch, making the device seem unresponsive. Hope this helps.

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My mouse pad on my lap top has stopped working and i cant figure out why. any ideas or suggestions to try?


You may have turned off the touchpad by mistake. look at your F keys for a sign that looks like a finger on a square. Often F7.

e.g. on an Acer Travelmate you would hold the Fn. key and tap the F7 key to turn on and off the Touchpad.

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I HAVE AN ACER TRAVELMATE 5520 WITH THE BLUETOOTH SWITCH ON THE FRONT PANEL OF IT BUT WHEN I TRY TO SWITCH IT ON NO LIGHT COMES ON AND NOTHING HAPPENS WHY IS THIS HAPPENING I WOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL IF YOU...


Hi lanny,

This is caused by one of two problems either the button/light doesn't work or bluetooth settings are not configured correctly to allow it to work.

To configure it correctly go to start menu>control panel>Bluetooth and make sure that it is enabled and set to work with that little button. I would concentrate on these settings until i got it to work.

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Why can't I hear audio when I play my cassette player plugged in to the line-in jack of my Acer Travelmate 5520


You need some form of software to port it out. Basically, you can use windows sound recorder and hear it for the duration of the recording and play it back that way but it's only 30 seconds at a time. You need software to feedback the audio all the time. Maybe DJ software or something like that would do the trick.

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1.I have an Acer Aspire 7720, purchased 7/7/08. When I type, I suddenly find that the letters suddenly jump to another part of the page. What is the problem? 2. The touchpad is far too sensitive. How...


Go to my computer, right click>properties>hardware tab>device manager, then look down the list for mice and pointing devices, click the '+' sign and right click on your touchpad and select uninstall, and then restart the pc.

Your touchpad will be reinstalled and then ready to use again as it should be back to normal

repeat the process for your keyboard

Sep 15, 2008 | Acer PC Desktops

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Acer touchpad not responding


Look in the systray (next to your system clock) for a touchpad utility, as the touchpad may have been disabled there. Also look for a switch near the touchpad to disable/enable it also.

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I have problem in typing. When I type sentences, frequently it jumps to another space. What is the problem with my laptop (acer 3683 WXMi).thanks for your assistance.


most likely your hand is touching the touchpad and moveing the mouse and eventually clicking (this can be done by taping the touchpad) I suggest while your typeing on your laptop to turn your touchpad off, its a combination of 2 buttons FN (function) and a F1-F12 key, look around, there should be small images on your f1-12 keys. but Fn+F7 should work on your acer to disable and enable the touchpad.

If you need more asistance, let me know. Good luck.
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Apr 02, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Make recovery discs for travelmate 5520


Hi,

There are two (2) versions of the Acer TravelMate 5520; TM5520-5313 (LX.TKU0Z.001) & TM5520-5678 (LX.TKU0Z.003).

There are two (2) possible ways you can get Recovery CDs:
1. Purchase from Acer here. You would need your 22 character Serial Number or the SNID which is 11 chars.;
2. Borrow from a friend with identical model, copy and burn to CD(s).

Alternately, you can install Windows Vista using an OEM CD (which again can be borrowed). You need to use the Windows key normally found in a sticker underneath the laptop. Thereafter, you need to download from the Acer website the appropriate drivers and install. You would need to select your Product Line, the Product itself and eventually the driver(s) that you need.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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