Controlling my laptop's keypad and cursor

Discussion in 'alt.windows7.general' started by W. eWatson, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. W. eWatson

    W. eWatson Guest

    Often I use the pad on my laptop to move the cursor. However, I began
    using the mouse more recently. I have a Gateway MX6453 laptop about 4
    years old. My thumbs often accidentally hit the pad while typing, and
    the cursor goes to some random place where I'm typing, brings up a new
    window, or to a lot of other unintended places. How do I turn off the pad?
     
    W. eWatson, Feb 18, 2012
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  2. W. eWatson

    SC Tom Guest

    "W. eWatson" <> wrote in message
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    > Often I use the pad on my laptop to move the cursor. However, I began
    > using the mouse more recently. I have a Gateway MX6453 laptop about 4
    > years old. My thumbs often accidentally hit the pad while typing, and the
    > cursor goes to some random place where I'm typing, brings up a new window,
    > or to a lot of other unintended places. How do I turn off the pad?


    Go to Control Panel > Mouse, and click on the Device Settings tab. Your
    touchpad should be listed there (on my M6850-fx, it's a Synaptics TouchPad
    V5.10; yours may be similar). Highlight it and click on Disable, Apply, and
    OK. That will allow your mouse to still work without it being distracted by
    the touch pad.
    --
    SC Tom
     
    SC Tom, Feb 18, 2012
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  3. W. eWatson

    W. eWatson Guest

    On 2/18/2012 12:34 PM, SC Tom wrote:
    >
    >
    > "W. eWatson" <> wrote in message
    > news:jhosos$ghq$...
    >> Often I use the pad on my laptop to move the cursor. However, I began
    >> using the mouse more recently. I have a Gateway MX6453 laptop about 4
    >> years old. My thumbs often accidentally hit the pad while typing, and
    >> the cursor goes to some random place where I'm typing, brings up a new
    >> window, or to a lot of other unintended places. How do I turn off the
    >> pad?

    >
    > Go to Control Panel > Mouse, and click on the Device Settings tab. Your
    > touchpad should be listed there (on my M6850-fx, it's a Synaptics
    > TouchPad V5.10; yours may be similar). Highlight it and click on
    > Disable, Apply, and OK. That will allow your mouse to still work without
    > it being distracted by the touch pad.

    Ah, touchpad, not keypad. OK, I went there are no Device tabs. Pointers,
    Pointer Options, Wheels, Hardware. OK, I'm on Hardware. I've looked here
    before. I an HID-compliant mouse and PS/2 Compatible Mouse under
    devices. No touchpad.

    I may be going by a Best Buy store in awhile. That's who I bought it
    froml. Maybe they know.
     
    W. eWatson, Feb 18, 2012
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  4. W. eWatson

    SC Tom Guest

    "W. eWatson" <> wrote in message
    news:jhovge$qj$...
    > On 2/18/2012 12:34 PM, SC Tom wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >> "W. eWatson" <> wrote in message
    >> news:jhosos$ghq$...
    >>> Often I use the pad on my laptop to move the cursor. However, I began
    >>> using the mouse more recently. I have a Gateway MX6453 laptop about 4
    >>> years old. My thumbs often accidentally hit the pad while typing, and
    >>> the cursor goes to some random place where I'm typing, brings up a new
    >>> window, or to a lot of other unintended places. How do I turn off the
    >>> pad?

    >>
    >> Go to Control Panel > Mouse, and click on the Device Settings tab. Your
    >> touchpad should be listed there (on my M6850-fx, it's a Synaptics
    >> TouchPad V5.10; yours may be similar). Highlight it and click on
    >> Disable, Apply, and OK. That will allow your mouse to still work without
    >> it being distracted by the touch pad.

    > Ah, touchpad, not keypad. OK, I went there are no Device tabs. Pointers,
    > Pointer Options, Wheels, Hardware. OK, I'm on Hardware. I've looked here
    > before. I an HID-compliant mouse and PS/2 Compatible Mouse under devices.
    > No touchpad.
    >
    > I may be going by a Best Buy store in awhile. That's who I bought it
    > froml. Maybe they know.


    According to site
    http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile/Q106/BladeK8F/1013913Rsp2.shtml yours
    should have the same touchpad as mine. Did your laptop come with Windows 7,
    or did you upgrade it from Vista? If an upgrade, then you would need to
    install the Gateway Synaptics driver to see it in Mouse settings. If you
    look here
    http://support.gateway.com/us/en/product/default.aspx?partNumber=1013913R
    you'll see there are no Windows 7 drivers for that laptop; you can install
    the Vista one for your version, and then follow the instructions I posted.
    The pretty much what I did with mine since there were no Windows 7 drivers
    for mine either.
    --
    SC Tom
     
    SC Tom, Feb 18, 2012
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  5. W. eWatson

    Thip Guest

    "W. eWatson" <> wrote in message
    news:jhosos$ghq$...
    > Often I use the pad on my laptop to move the cursor. However, I began
    > using the mouse more recently. I have a Gateway MX6453 laptop about 4
    > years old. My thumbs often accidentally hit the pad while typing, and the
    > cursor goes to some random place where I'm typing, brings up a new window,
    > or to a lot of other unintended places. How do I turn off the pad?


    Same problem here with a very low-end Compaq. I had to download a little
    app called Touchpad Blocker (freeware). It's not 100% perfect but it it
    solves most of the problems.
     
    Thip, Feb 18, 2012
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  6. W. eWatson

    charlie Guest

    On 2/18/2012 5:46 PM, Thip wrote:
    > "W. eWatson" <> wrote in message
    > news:jhosos$ghq$...
    >> Often I use the pad on my laptop to move the cursor. However, I began
    >> using the mouse more recently. I have a Gateway MX6453 laptop about 4
    >> years old. My thumbs often accidentally hit the pad while typing, and
    >> the cursor goes to some random place where I'm typing, brings up a new
    >> window, or to a lot of other unintended places. How do I turn off the
    >> pad?

    >
    > Same problem here with a very low-end Compaq. I had to download a little
    > app called Touchpad Blocker (freeware). It's not 100% perfect but it it
    > solves most of the problems.


    Some of the laptops have touch-pad support in BIOS. If so, the touch-pad
    may work if it is specifically enabled, or "legacy" BIOS support is
    active. The touch-pad may have only basic functionality that is enhanced
    when touch-pad support drivers are loaded.
    I usually use my laptops with with a mouse or trackball, and although
    the touch-pad advanced options are deliberately disabled, The touch-pad
    will work anyway. (Even before any windows drivers are loaded)

    Confusing? Yes!
     
    charlie, Feb 18, 2012
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  7. charlie wrote:
    > On 2/18/2012 5:46 PM, Thip wrote:
    >> "W. eWatson" <> wrote in message
    >> news:jhosos$ghq$...
    >>> Often I use the pad on my laptop to move the cursor. However, I began
    >>> using the mouse more recently. I have a Gateway MX6453 laptop about 4
    >>> years old. My thumbs often accidentally hit the pad while typing, and
    >>> the cursor goes to some random place where I'm typing, brings up a new
    >>> window, or to a lot of other unintended places. How do I turn off the
    >>> pad?

    >>
    >> Same problem here with a very low-end Compaq. I had to download a little
    >> app called Touchpad Blocker (freeware). It's not 100% perfect but it it
    >> solves most of the problems.

    >
    > Some of the laptops have touch-pad support in BIOS. If so, the touch-pad
    > may work if it is specifically enabled, or "legacy" BIOS support is
    > active. The touch-pad may have only basic functionality that is enhanced
    > when touch-pad support drivers are loaded.
    > I usually use my laptops with with a mouse or trackball, and although
    > the touch-pad advanced options are deliberately disabled, The touch-pad
    > will work anyway. (Even before any windows drivers are loaded)
    >
    > Confusing? Yes!
    >

    Something that may help is turning the sensitivity of the touchpad all
    the way down. On the ALPS pad on this Toshiba, the setting is buried way
    down in the advanced settings section of the control panel mouse
    section. Synaptics pads that I've used have a setting to ignore
    accidental touches while typing, similarly buried deep within the
    advanced settings.

    --
    Tciao for Now!

    John.
     
    John Williamson, Feb 19, 2012
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  8. W. eWatson

    W. eWatson Guest

    ....
    >>
    >> I may be going by a Best Buy store in awhile. That's who I bought it
    >> froml. Maybe they know.

    >
    > According to site
    > http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile/Q106/BladeK8F/1013913Rsp2.shtml
    > yours should have the same touchpad as mine. Did your laptop come with
    > Windows 7, or did you upgrade it from Vista? If an upgrade, then you
    > would need to install the Gateway Synaptics driver to see it in Mouse
    > settings. If you look here

    I had Win 7 put on about 3 weeks ago. XP Pro 32bit (I think) was the
    forerunner. I think I'm on Win 7 pro.
    > http://support.gateway.com/us/en/product/default.aspx?partNumber=1013913R you'll
    > see there are no Windows 7 drivers for that laptop; you can install the
    > Vista one for your version, and then follow the instructions I posted.
    > The pretty much what I did with mine since there were no Windows 7
    > drivers for mine either.


    Maybe I can put paper across it with scotch tape. :)

    I the driver link for XP Pro had a touchpad driver, but no messages
    there from you. The drive shows x64.
     
    W. eWatson, Feb 19, 2012
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  9. W. eWatson

    W. eWatson Guest

    On 2/18/2012 3:46 PM, Thip wrote:
    > "W. eWatson" <> wrote in message
    > news:jhosos$ghq$...
    >> Often I use the pad on my laptop to move the cursor. However, I began
    >> using the mouse more recently. I have a Gateway MX6453 laptop about 4
    >> years old. My thumbs often accidentally hit the pad while typing, and
    >> the cursor goes to some random place where I'm typing, brings up a new
    >> window, or to a lot of other unintended places. How do I turn off the
    >> pad?

    >
    > Same problem here with a very low-end Compaq. I had to download a little
    > app called Touchpad Blocker (freeware). It's not 100% perfect but it it
    > solves most of the problems.

    Google for it?
     
    W. eWatson, Feb 19, 2012
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  10. W. eWatson

    W. eWatson Guest

    On 2/18/2012 4:04 PM, charlie wrote:
    > On 2/18/2012 5:46 PM, Thip wrote:
    >> "W. eWatson" <> wrote in message
    >> news:jhosos$ghq$...
    >>> Often I use the pad on my laptop to move the cursor. However, I began
    >>> using the mouse more recently. I have a Gateway MX6453 laptop about 4
    >>> years old. My thumbs often accidentally hit the pad while typing, and
    >>> the cursor goes to some random place where I'm typing, brings up a new
    >>> window, or to a lot of other unintended places. How do I turn off the
    >>> pad?

    >>
    >> Same problem here with a very low-end Compaq. I had to download a little
    >> app called Touchpad Blocker (freeware). It's not 100% perfect but it it
    >> solves most of the problems.

    >
    > Some of the laptops have touch-pad support in BIOS. If so, the touch-pad
    > may work if it is specifically enabled, or "legacy" BIOS support is
    > active. The touch-pad may have only basic functionality that is enhanced
    > when touch-pad support drivers are loaded.
    > I usually use my laptops with with a mouse or trackball, and although
    > the touch-pad advanced options are deliberately disabled, The touch-pad
    > will work anyway. (Even before any windows drivers are loaded)
    >
    > Confusing? Yes!
    >

    Certainly strange, but I'll check bios next time I boot.
     
    W. eWatson, Feb 19, 2012
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  11. W. eWatson

    Thip Guest

    Thip, Feb 19, 2012
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  12. W. eWatson

    W. eWatson Guest

    ....
    >>

    > Something that may help is turning the sensitivity of the touchpad all
    > the way down. On the ALPS pad on this Toshiba, the setting is buried way
    > down in the advanced settings section of the control panel mouse
    > section. Synaptics pads that I've used have a setting to ignore
    > accidental touches while typing, similarly buried deep within the
    > advanced settings.
    >

    No such luck here. Maybe I'll just scotch tape paper across the area. :)

    Actually, my typing seems to be getting better. I avoided the touch pad
    altogether in writing this.
     
    W. eWatson, Feb 19, 2012
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  13. W. eWatson

    SC Tom Guest

    "W. eWatson" <> wrote in message news:jhpj4g$cgr$...
    > ...
    >>>
    >>> I may be going by a Best Buy store in awhile. That's who I bought it
    >>> froml. Maybe they know.

    >>
    >> According to site
    >> http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile/Q106/BladeK8F/1013913Rsp2.shtml
    >> yours should have the same touchpad as mine. Did your laptop come with
    >> Windows 7, or did you upgrade it from Vista? If an upgrade, then you
    >> would need to install the Gateway Synaptics driver to see it in Mouse
    >> settings. If you look here

    > I had Win 7 put on about 3 weeks ago. XP Pro 32bit (I think) was the forerunner. I think I'm on Win 7 pro.
    >> http://support.gateway.com/us/en/product/default.aspx?partNumber=1013913R you'll
    >> see there are no Windows 7 drivers for that laptop; you can install the
    >> Vista one for your version, and then follow the instructions I posted.
    >> The pretty much what I did with mine since there were no Windows 7
    >> drivers for mine either.

    >
    > Maybe I can put paper across it with scotch tape. :)
    >
    > I the driver link for XP Pro had a touchpad driver, but no messages there from you. The drive shows x64.
    >


    Use the Vista 64-bit driver. This is the download link:

    http://global-download.gateway.com/...id=634164315199721614&Step1=NOTEBOOK&Step2=MX
    SERIES&Step3=MX6450&OS=ALL&LC=en&BC=GATEWAY&SC=PA_6G

    or the tiny.url link if that one doesn't show well:

    http://preview.tinyurl.com/8833tgp

    The "preview" shows you where it's going so you can verify that really IS where it's going :)
    --
    SC Tom
     
    SC Tom, Feb 19, 2012
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  14. In message <jhovge$qj$>, W. eWatson
    <> writes:
    >On 2/18/2012 12:34 PM, SC Tom wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >> "W. eWatson" <> wrote in message
    >> news:jhosos$ghq$...
    >>> Often I use the pad on my laptop to move the cursor. However, I began
    >>> using the mouse more recently. I have a Gateway MX6453 laptop about 4
    >>> years old. My thumbs often accidentally hit the pad while typing, and
    >>> the cursor goes to some random place where I'm typing, brings up a new
    >>> window, or to a lot of other unintended places. How do I turn off the
    >>> pad?

    []
    >Ah, touchpad, not keypad. OK, I went there are no Device tabs.
    >Pointers, Pointer Options, Wheels, Hardware. OK, I'm on Hardware. I've
    >looked here before. I an HID-compliant mouse and PS/2 Compatible Mouse
    >under devices. No touchpad.

    []
    If you see (I presume the word "see" is missing from the above!) "an
    HID-compliant mouse and PS/2 Compatible Mouse", after plugging in your
    mouse (you say you are using "the mouse", so I presume you are plugging
    one in), then one of those probably _is_ the touchpad; after all, for
    most software, it functions as a mouse. Try disabling each of those! (I
    suspect it'll be the PS/2 one.) [Don't disable both - that includes
    making sure the re-enabled one has started working again - if you find
    it's the wrong one, unless you're familiar with how to use the computer
    without a mouse; it's usually possible, but many people these days don't
    know how to.]

    Alternatively, and you'll kick yourself if you have something similar:
    on this Samsung NC-20, Fn-F10 toggles he touchpad on and off ... (-:
    --
    J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G.5AL-IS-P--Ch++(p)Ar@T0H+Sh0!:`)DNAf

    Never be a musical snob. It's all there to be enjoyed. - Sir Malcolm Sargent
     
    J. P. Gilliver (John), Feb 19, 2012
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  15. W. eWatson

    SC Tom Guest

    "J. P. Gilliver (John)" <> wrote in message news:p...
    > In message <jhovge$qj$>, W. eWatson <> writes:
    >>On 2/18/2012 12:34 PM, SC Tom wrote:
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "W. eWatson" <> wrote in message
    >>> news:jhosos$ghq$...
    >>>> Often I use the pad on my laptop to move the cursor. However, I began
    >>>> using the mouse more recently. I have a Gateway MX6453 laptop about 4
    >>>> years old. My thumbs often accidentally hit the pad while typing, and
    >>>> the cursor goes to some random place where I'm typing, brings up a new
    >>>> window, or to a lot of other unintended places. How do I turn off the
    >>>> pad?

    > []
    >>Ah, touchpad, not keypad. OK, I went there are no Device tabs. Pointers, Pointer Options, Wheels, Hardware. OK, I'm on
    >>Hardware. I've looked here before. I an HID-compliant mouse and PS/2 Compatible Mouse under devices. No touchpad.

    > []
    > If you see (I presume the word "see" is missing from the above!) "an HID-compliant mouse and PS/2 Compatible Mouse",
    > after plugging in your mouse (you say you are using "the mouse", so I presume you are plugging one in), then one of
    > those probably _is_ the touchpad; after all, for most software, it functions as a mouse. Try disabling each of those!
    > (I suspect it'll be the PS/2 one.) [Don't disable both - that includes making sure the re-enabled one has started
    > working again - if you find it's the wrong one, unless you're familiar with how to use the computer without a mouse;
    > it's usually possible, but many people these days don't know how to.]
    >
    > Alternatively, and you'll kick yourself if you have something similar: on this Samsung NC-20, Fn-F10 toggles he
    > touchpad on and off ... (-:


    I wish mine had that, or like my old Compaq had, an on/off pushbutton right above the touchpad.

    According to the manual for the OP's laptop, there IS a Fn toggle for the touchpad (I missed that earlier). It shows a
    finger touching a rectangular box with a "not" circle on it. Unfortunately, it doesn't show a picture of the keyboard
    clear enough to tell which key it is. It seems to be between the "Screen Blank" and "Play" F-keys, but doesn't state
    definitively which ones they are; it just shows the icons to look for.
    --
    SC Tom
     
    SC Tom, Feb 19, 2012
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  16. W. eWatson

    W. eWatson Guest

    On 2/18/2012 9:07 PM, SC Tom wrote:
    >
    > "W. eWatson" <> wrote in message
    > news:jhpj4g$cgr$...
    >> ...
    >>>>
    >>>> I may be going by a Best Buy store in awhile. That's who I bought it
    >>>> froml. Maybe they know.
    >>>
    >>> According to site
    >>> http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile/Q106/BladeK8F/1013913Rsp2.shtml
    >>> yours should have the same touchpad as mine. Did your laptop come with
    >>> Windows 7, or did you upgrade it from Vista? If an upgrade, then you
    >>> would need to install the Gateway Synaptics driver to see it in Mouse
    >>> settings. If you look here

    >> I had Win 7 put on about 3 weeks ago. XP Pro 32bit (I think) was the
    >> forerunner. I think I'm on Win 7 pro.
    >>> http://support.gateway.com/us/en/product/default.aspx?partNumber=1013913R
    >>> you'll
    >>> see there are no Windows 7 drivers for that laptop; you can install the
    >>> Vista one for your version, and then follow the instructions I posted.
    >>> The pretty much what I did with mine since there were no Windows 7
    >>> drivers for mine either.

    >>
    >> Maybe I can put paper across it with scotch tape. :)
    >>
    >> I the driver link for XP Pro had a touchpad driver, but no messages
    >> there from you. The drive shows x64.
    >>

    >
    > Use the Vista 64-bit driver. This is the download link:
    >
    > http://global-download.gateway.com/...id=634164315199721614&Step1=NOTEBOOK&Step2=MX
    > SERIES&Step3=MX6450&OS=ALL&LC=en&BC=GATEWAY&SC=PA_6G
    >
    > or the tiny.url link if that one doesn't show well:
    >
    > http://preview.tinyurl.com/8833tgp
    >
    > The "preview" shows you where it's going so you can verify that really
    > IS where it's going :)

    I do not understand this. I went to preview.tnyurl.....

    I did get the driver down, but have not applied it. Shouldn't I save
    the old driver somehow?
     
    W. eWatson, Feb 20, 2012
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  17. W. eWatson

    W. eWatson Guest

    On 2/19/2012 9:37 AM, SC Tom wrote:
    >
    > "J. P. Gilliver (John)" <> wrote in message
    > news:p...
    >> In message <jhovge$qj$>, W. eWatson
    >> <> writes:
    >>> On 2/18/2012 12:34 PM, SC Tom wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> "W. eWatson" <> wrote in message
    >>>> news:jhosos$ghq$...
    >>>>> Often I use the pad on my laptop to move the cursor. However, I began
    >>>>> using the mouse more recently. I have a Gateway MX6453 laptop about 4
    >>>>> years old. My thumbs often accidentally hit the pad while typing, and
    >>>>> the cursor goes to some random place where I'm typing, brings up a new
    >>>>> window, or to a lot of other unintended places. How do I turn off the
    >>>>> pad?

    >> []
    >>> Ah, touchpad, not keypad. OK, I went there are no Device tabs.
    >>> Pointers, Pointer Options, Wheels, Hardware. OK, I'm on Hardware.
    >>> I've looked here before. I an HID-compliant mouse and PS/2 Compatible
    >>> Mouse under devices. No touchpad.

    >> []
    >> If you see (I presume the word "see" is missing from the above!) "an
    >> HID-compliant mouse and PS/2 Compatible Mouse", after plugging in your
    >> mouse (you say you are using "the mouse", so I presume you are
    >> plugging one in), then one of those probably _is_ the touchpad; after
    >> all, for most software, it functions as a mouse. Try disabling each of
    >> those! (I suspect it'll be the PS/2 one.) [Don't disable both - that
    >> includes making sure the re-enabled one has started working again - if
    >> you find it's the wrong one, unless you're familiar with how to use
    >> the computer without a mouse; it's usually possible, but many people
    >> these days don't know how to.]
    >>
    >> Alternatively, and you'll kick yourself if you have something similar:
    >> on this Samsung NC-20, Fn-F10 toggles he touchpad on and off ... (-:

    >
    > I wish mine had that, or like my old Compaq had, an on/off pushbutton
    > right above the touchpad.
    >
    > According to the manual for the OP's laptop, there IS a Fn toggle for
    > the touchpad (I missed that earlier). It shows a finger touching a
    > rectangular box with a "not" circle on it. Unfortunately, it doesn't
    > show a picture of the keyboard clear enough to tell which key it is. It
    > seems to be between the "Screen Blank" and "Play" F-keys, but doesn't
    > state definitively which ones they are; it just shows the icons to look
    > for.

    I wish I had my Gateway manuals with me. In any case, I tried every
    blue F-key and otherwise, and found nothing to indicate the pad was
    disabled. It did rattle me a little when f3 turned the screen black. I
    had to press the power button to get on. Then I got a little rattled
    again when I started to get numbers instead of letters when I tried
    typing a response here. The Scroll blue key is actually numlock. My wife
    noticed that. F4 sort of look like the right key. It has a rectangle
    with an ellipse in it, slash, then just a rectangle. It didn't help.


    Maybe I can find the manual on Gateway's site.
     
    W. eWatson, Feb 20, 2012
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  18. W. eWatson

    SC Tom Guest

    "W. eWatson" <> wrote in message news:jhsbcn$mgm$...
    > On 2/19/2012 9:37 AM, SC Tom wrote:
    >>
    >> "J. P. Gilliver (John)" <> wrote in message
    >> news:p...
    >>> In message <jhovge$qj$>, W. eWatson
    >>> <> writes:
    >>>> On 2/18/2012 12:34 PM, SC Tom wrote:
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "W. eWatson" <> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:jhosos$ghq$...
    >>>>>> Often I use the pad on my laptop to move the cursor. However, I began
    >>>>>> using the mouse more recently. I have a Gateway MX6453 laptop about 4
    >>>>>> years old. My thumbs often accidentally hit the pad while typing, and
    >>>>>> the cursor goes to some random place where I'm typing, brings up a new
    >>>>>> window, or to a lot of other unintended places. How do I turn off the
    >>>>>> pad?
    >>> []
    >>>> Ah, touchpad, not keypad. OK, I went there are no Device tabs.
    >>>> Pointers, Pointer Options, Wheels, Hardware. OK, I'm on Hardware.
    >>>> I've looked here before. I an HID-compliant mouse and PS/2 Compatible
    >>>> Mouse under devices. No touchpad.
    >>> []
    >>> If you see (I presume the word "see" is missing from the above!) "an
    >>> HID-compliant mouse and PS/2 Compatible Mouse", after plugging in your
    >>> mouse (you say you are using "the mouse", so I presume you are
    >>> plugging one in), then one of those probably _is_ the touchpad; after
    >>> all, for most software, it functions as a mouse. Try disabling each of
    >>> those! (I suspect it'll be the PS/2 one.) [Don't disable both - that
    >>> includes making sure the re-enabled one has started working again - if
    >>> you find it's the wrong one, unless you're familiar with how to use
    >>> the computer without a mouse; it's usually possible, but many people
    >>> these days don't know how to.]
    >>>
    >>> Alternatively, and you'll kick yourself if you have something similar:
    >>> on this Samsung NC-20, Fn-F10 toggles he touchpad on and off ... (-:

    >>
    >> I wish mine had that, or like my old Compaq had, an on/off pushbutton
    >> right above the touchpad.
    >>
    >> According to the manual for the OP's laptop, there IS a Fn toggle for
    >> the touchpad (I missed that earlier). It shows a finger touching a
    >> rectangular box with a "not" circle on it. Unfortunately, it doesn't
    >> show a picture of the keyboard clear enough to tell which key it is. It
    >> seems to be between the "Screen Blank" and "Play" F-keys, but doesn't
    >> state definitively which ones they are; it just shows the icons to look
    >> for.

    > I wish I had my Gateway manuals with me. In any case, I tried every blue F-key and otherwise, and found nothing to
    > indicate the pad was disabled. It did rattle me a little when f3 turned the screen black. I had to press the power
    > button to get on. Then I got a little rattled again when I started to get numbers instead of letters when I tried
    > typing a response here. The Scroll blue key is actually numlock. My wife noticed that. F4 sort of look like the right
    > key. It has a rectangle with an ellipse in it, slash, then just a rectangle. It didn't help.
    >
    >
    > Maybe I can find the manual on Gateway's site.


    Here's the link to your stuff:

    http://support.gateway.com/us/en/product/default.aspx?tab=1&modelId=3143

    Go to the User Guides tab. Get the ones you want. In typical Gateway support fashion, all the zip files are the same
    name, so change the name as you download, or unzip them one at a time, then overwrite the first zip on the next
    download.

    I'm sorry I misled you on the Fn key to disable the touchpad; I was helping someone else with their NV laptop, and that
    was the manual I was looking at, not yours.

    To answer your other question about the driver installation, you really don't have a full driver installed, or the
    touchpad would show in Control Panel, whether under the Mouse item or Synaptics itself. You're basically running the
    generic Windows 7 touchpad driver, which is probably why it's not showing up anywhere. By installing the Gateway driver,
    you'll have the option to enable/disable it, adjust the sensitivity, scroll speed, etc., just like you can with a real
    mouse.
    --
    SC Tom
     
    SC Tom, Feb 20, 2012
    #18
  19. W. eWatson

    W. eWatson Guest


    >>
    >> Maybe I can find the manual on Gateway's site.

    >
    > Here's the link to your stuff:
    >
    > http://support.gateway.com/us/en/product/default.aspx?tab=1&modelId=3143
    >
    > Go to the User Guides tab. Get the ones you want. In typical Gateway
    > support fashion, all the zip files are the same name, so change the name
    > as you download, or unzip them one at a time, then overwrite the first
    > zip on the next download.
    >
    > I'm sorry I misled you on the Fn key to disable the touchpad; I was
    > helping someone else with their NV laptop, and that was the manual I was
    > looking at, not yours.
    >
    > To answer your other question about the driver installation, you really
    > don't have a full driver installed, or the touchpad would show in
    > Control Panel, whether under the Mouse item or Synaptics itself. You're
    > basically running the generic Windows 7 touchpad driver, which is
    > probably why it's not showing up anywhere. By installing the Gateway
    > driver, you'll have the option to enable/disable it, adjust the
    > sensitivity, scroll speed, etc., just like you can with a real mouse.


    I have an MX6453, but I guess 6450 is close enough. I don't see
    anything in either manual about disabling with the keys. They seem to
    have missed Scroll, Pause, Ins,Del.
     
    W. eWatson, Feb 20, 2012
    #19
  20. In message <jhsbcn$mgm$>, W. eWatson
    <> writes:
    []
    >I wish I had my Gateway manuals with me. In any case, I tried every
    >blue F-key and otherwise, and found nothing to indicate the pad was
    >disabled. It did rattle me a little when f3 turned the screen black. I


    (Did you find what that is _supposed_ to do?)

    >had to press the power button to get on. Then I got a little rattled
    >again when I started to get numbers instead of letters when I tried
    >typing a response here. The Scroll blue key is actually numlock. My
    >wife noticed that. F4 sort of look like the right key. It has a
    >rectangle with an ellipse in it, slash, then just a rectangle. It
    >didn't help.
    >

    I think that's display switch - switch between laptop screen and
    external monitor, or toggle external monitor off/on, or cycle round
    between external/laptop/both. Does rectangle-with-ellipse have another
    rectangle under it, i. e. crude drawing of laptop?
    >
    >Maybe I can find the manual on Gateway's site.


    Have you tried just disabling one of your two mice (you said you had a
    PS/2 and a HID one according to Display Manager) to see if one is the
    touchpad?
    --
    J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G.5AL-IS-P--Ch++(p)Ar@T0H+Sh0!:`)DNAf

    "When I was young I used to scintillate
    now I only sin 'til ten past three" (Ogden Nash) [via Andy Breen]
     
    J. P. Gilliver (John), Feb 20, 2012
    #20
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