[SATLUG] how to turn off touchpad

Michael W Sellers msellers at sbcglobal.net
Mon Mar 30 09:00:42 CDT 2009

My HP laptop is not overly sensitive, but when typing I apparently touch
it ever so slightly.  Thankfully, there is a button between the keypad
and the touchpad whereby I can turn the touchpad off.  Maybe you have a
button, too?  Although, the touchpad gets reactivated on a boot, even
when the touchpad is switched off.  I just have to cycle the switch.


On Mon, 2009-03-30 at 01:10 -0400, scs at worldlinkisp.com wrote:
> >The touchpad on my Dell inspiron 9400 is extremely sensity. Just hovering above
> >the TP without actually touching it can make the mouse pointer jump around. 
> >Since I use a USB mouse, I'd rather turn off the touchpad alltogether, but 
> >disabling it in the BIOS is not doing the trick. Any other suggestions? Is 
> >it possible to disable it in X?
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Agravating isn't it, my Acer 4420 is the same, and I too switched to a USB mouse.
> Sometimes mere proximity of my hand and fingers (typing) causes wild excursions.
> Believe the culprit is hand capacitance and static electricity. If I can locate
> my static wrist grounding strap, I'll share results.  It has worsened lately,
> wish I'd kept notes, relating to dates/weather conditions.  Low humidity increases 
> static intensity.  A USB KB in addition to the USB mouse would eliminte the PITA 
> factor (and increase my typing speed).
> Lou 

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