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Re: disable touch pad on my Dell Inspiron 6400 notebook
There should be an icon in your taskbar, right click it and it will say something like pointing device properties, then device settings and click dissable, or go to my computer>right click>properties>hardware tab>device manager, then look down list for mice and pointing devices, click '+' sign, the you will see the touchpad, right click and select dissable.
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Try going to Control Panel - Hardware and sound - mouse. Once you have the menu for the mouse open, go to device settings. Click settings, and all of the advanced controls for the functions of your mouse pad can be found there.
Since you don't mention the Operating System, here are the steps for XP. They're similar in Vista and W7 if you nose around a bit.
Go to Control Panel>Mouse> (now you should be in the "Mouse Properties" window with 2 rows of tabs) > Click the Devices tab and you should see options to enable or disable the Touchpad or the Touchpad Buttons. Under Touchpad click the little circle next to Disable and then below right click on the "Apply" button.
That's it. Enable the pad again whenever you choose in the same window.
you need to download and install SYNAPTICS. The program can configure your system to disable your mouse tapping pad when you connect a USB mouse. Just download the compatible synaptics program for your Operating System, install it, and configure. You can get it HERE.
Are you referring to the mouse pointer when using the touch pad? To isolate the problem, try to use a USB mouse and see if the pointer will move. If the USB mouse works, then the touch pad could be disabled.
Refer to the user manual of the laptop and see on how you can enable the touch pad.
If same problem occur even though you're using a USB mouse, contact the manufacturer of the computer for second opinion or repair.
You should have a "FN" key on the keyboard and one of the "F" keys should have a symbol that looks like the touch-pad, hold FN while using this key should disable it, failing this in control panel, then mouse and pointers, you should have touchpad setting there should be a disable button/radius.
Unless there is not a hardware switch and the only manufacturer that I know of that did that was Compaq/HP about 5 or so years ago. Typically there are no drivers to be installed for a mouse (touch pad) as a generic set is in the driver library of the operating system. 9 times out of 10 it is a hardware failure. With that being said, if it has warranty send it in, if it does not, (although it may just be a loose connection or the touch pad itself) most repair shops are going to run anywhere from 150 - 300 dollars just to crack it open. Best option is to get a small USB mouse, unless you just really want the touch pad.
When you are booting up from a cold shutdown, Tap the F2 key until you enter the Bios/System Setup Pages. Usually you use the Alt+P key combination to navigate in these pages, but there should also be a legend at the bottom of these pages to indicate what keys change pages. In these pages you will come upon your option to choose pointers. One is usually, glide pad + mouse. I'd try that first, as it senses when a mouse is attached and disables the glide pad. However, this doesn't always work with Dells. So, if that is the case, choose Mouse Only for a PS2 Mouse and or Serial for a USB Mouse.
The Glide Pad is found in the Control Panel, Mouse where you have a property tab that has the settings for your glide pad. Besides setting pressure sensitivity you can also disable it in some Dell Systems.
If none of this works for you, look on the bottom of your laptop for the Service Tag number and send that set of numbers and letters to me using the comment box below and I'll find you the driver update that should repair your Glide Pad.
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