My touchpad has been getting less & less sensitive until today I've been able to deal with it. Today, no matter how I touch it rub it using my nail, skin, etc... anywhere on the pad does not work. I've reset several times, connected to computer, deleted, added new songs all in hope of remedying the non responsive touchpad. All I'm able to use is the 1st item on each screen for example Music -> Artists -> 1st ARTIST then ALL songs by the artist... Kindly advise... Thanks for listening. Tom
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Re: Touchpad not working
If you have a wireless mouse or a USB mouse plug in and get online to find a downloadable driver for your touch-pad. A lot of file adding and shifting with a touch-pad can get the system fragmented (Defragging may help) and driver files, .dll's, and others your touch-pad needs and uses can get buried in the clutter (file fragments) all over the floor so-to-speak. If defragmentation of your hard drive doesn't work just download new drivers. Here is a safe Download link to look in. There is just about everything here, free and safe too... Mouse Drivers software for Windows Free Software Apps and Games
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Adjusting the touchpad sensitivity on a Gateway laptop lets
you fix and prevent annoying touchpad problems.
Often the touchpad is accidentally brushed while typing,
which causes the cursor to move out of place.
Or you may find yourself having to tap too hard or too often
on the touchpad to open windows and programs.
These problems can be fixed by simply adjusting the
touchpad's sensitivity settings.
Click the "Start" button and double-click "Control Panel."
Double-click "Hardware & Sound" and choose
"Mouse" to open the mouse properties box.
Choose the "Device Settings" tab. Highlight
"Synaptic Touchpad" in the Devices box by clicking on it. Click the
"Settings" button underneath the Devices box.
Choose "Sensitivity" in the properties settings
Click "PalmCheck" to adjust the sensitivity of
the touchpad to accidental brushes against the pad while typing, which causes
the cursor to move.
Click and hold the pointer to adjust the setting on the
Click "Touch Sensitivity" to adjust the
sensitivity of the touchpad to tapping.
Click and hold the pointer to adjust the setting on the
A higher rating on the scale means less tapping pressure
will be needed.
1.Turn on the computer and log into Windows as normal. Open the "Start" menu and click on the option labeled "Control Panel." 2.Double-click on the icon labeled "Mouse.". The "Mouse Properties" window will open. Navigate to the tab labeled "Device Settings." Click on the button labeled "Settings." A window labeled "Properties" will appear. 3.Examine the left panel of the "Properties" window and expand the option labeled "Sensitivity." Click on the option labeled "Touch Sensitivity." 4.Reduce the touch sensitivity setting by moving the slider to the right, towards the "Heavy Touch" label. Experiment with different levels of sensitivity until you find one suited to your needs. 5.Click on the button labeled "OK" to close the "Properties" window; repeat with the "Mouse" control panel. Your new touchpad sensitivity settings are now saved.
Definitely your touchpad is TOO SENSITIVE! To modify the sensitivity just go START > CONTROL PANEL > MOUSE/TOUCHPAD and adjust there the sensitivity by dragging the cursor to the LEFT until it reaches the middle. In PROPERTIES just re-invert the functions of your touchpad to get rid of the mixed axes.
You will probably want to adjust the pressure sensitivity on your laptop's touch pad to alleviate this problem. If you have Windows, enter the control panel from the start menu.
1. START > Control Panel 2. Find Mouse or Pointing Devices. 3. Enter the Pointing Devices Control Panel. Things can vary a bit in this section. So you should look for anything that deals with Pressure settings or Pointing Settings. One setting should be labeled "Touch Sensitivity." This setting controls how much pressure is required on the touch pad. -If you move the setting lower (or move the slider to the left) this decreases the sensitivity. It is harder to accidently move the cursor if you brush the touchpad while typing. -If you move the setting higher (or move the slider to the right) this increases the sensitivity. It is easier to accidently move the cursor if you brush the touchpad while typing. (Note that in some configurations, these are opposite - left to increase senstivity and right to decrease sensitivity).
Depending on your laptop there may also be a setting labeled Touchpad Pressure. It's a setting that resgisters if you are accidently leaning on the touch pad. It's designed to reduce the chance of accidental clicks or motions. This setting is generally controlled the same way the Touchpad Sensitivity setting is controlled, through left-right sliders. I've found that keeping the touchpad sensitivity low makes it easier to avoid accidental cursor motions. I also keep the Pressure setting relatively high as well. One thing you'll note that if you adjust these settings to far into one extreme or the other, you will have difficulty using your touchpad. Fine tune these two setting until you achieve the results you want.
If you reinstalled the drivers then most like there is a problem with the touch pad its self. If you are still under warranty I would call Dell Tech Support to get the touch pad replaced on the system.
I've been struggling with this issue as well. I type really fast so I thought i was inadvertantly hitting the touchpad and moving the cursor. Maybe, maybe not. But today I discovered that changing one of the dafault settings for the touchpad has eliminating the jumping cursor trouble and I can type fast again without constantly checking my screen to see which line I'm actually typing in.
Here's what I did: Go to the control panel and the mouse and click on the icon for the touchpad and uncheck the touchpad setting "tap to click"
I also put my speed and sensitivity about in the mid-range. (Another suggestion that didn't work was to make my touchpad less sensitive).
I don't know if you mean that your cursor suddenly moves as you are typing? If so, it is likely your touch pad is too sensitive. I have a mouse w/mouse pad but never disabled the touch pad. So i disabled the touch pad and it solved it for me. If you want to be sure it is the touch pad being over sensitive, then type a paragraph but keep your fingers and palms far away from the touch pad. If the problem improves, like it did for me, then the touchpad is too sensitive. You can go into the settings for the touchpad to change the sensitivity setting to make it less senstive and see if that works and it does not then press Fn +F7 keys to disable the touchpad.