[SATLUG] how to turn off touchpad

Borries Demeler demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu
Mon Mar 30 09:13:33 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.

You are blessed, I don't have such a button. I'll have to check with Dell, 
supposedly one can disable the TP from the BIOS, but my computer is ignoring 
this setting.


> Mike
> 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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