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What's the difference between a touchpad and touch input?

What's the difference between a touchpad and touch input?
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A touchpad is a hardware device that you use with your finger to move the pointer on the screen. Some laptops have a touchpad near the keyboard.
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Keyboard won't work in Windows 7 if I touch the touchpad after being in Ubuntu

Keyboard won't work in Windows 7 if I touch the touchpad after being in Ubuntu Icon
Problem: After being in ubuntu and rebooting into windows 7 all is fine in windows until I touch the touchpad.
If I touch the touchpad at all, I am not able to type anything at all in windows. If I boot in, and just use the usb mouse, that's ok it always works fine, and the typing is fine...until I touch the touchpad!
If I reboot a 2nd time then everything is normal. This is a fresh install on windows 7 with ubuntu 9.04
 

Synaptics Touchpad Tapping Sensitivity Adjust Ineffective

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I have spent 6 weeks with Dell Tech support and I'm on my second XPS 15 Laptop in efforts to find a solution to adjusting the sensitivity of the tapping feature on the Synaptics touchpad (Driver V7.4 on PS/2 Port).

They even replaced the touchpad on the first XPS 15 with no effect. I can see no difference in touch sensitivity with the tapping feature between furthest most left hand setting "Light Touch" and furthest most right hand setting "Heavy Touch".

Tech support advises that I should see a noticible difference and that it must be a failure in my perception.

It is almost impossible to navigate the cursor about the screen without selecting something inadvertantly. Dell advises there are no other complaints regarding this issue.

I have checked a Dell Inspiron at Best Buy and it behaves the same way. There must be an issue.

 

Touchpad just quit responding correctly

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My mouse moves, reluctantly, everywhere execpt where I want it to I can coax it across the screen but its like it knows where I want to go and will not go to that spot. I have downloaded updates for the touchpad (DELL touchpad) but it didn't make a difference.

I have tried adjusting the sensitivity, etc but also makes no difference. I'm thinking something was possibly spilled or is down inside the touchpad.

Is there a way to check this or get in there to clean out dust or whatever may be in there?

 

Disable tap on touch pad as a click

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I am much too clumsy to deal with the fancy feature of tapping on the touchpad to cause a click. I talked to Dell support and they assured me that if I removed their Dell touchpad utility that would also disable the tapping on the touch pad feature. Well I removed their touchpad software and now just using straight Windows control of the touchpad and I am still getting random touch clicks when I don't intend them. How can I disable this annoying feature. I just want to secure the cursor with the touchpad and do with the left and right buttons. I don't want any of the fancy stuff.
 

Unable to install Dell touchpad

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I have Dell Inspiron N5110 laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate installed in it. It was working fine and once I wanted to install synaptics touchpad driver for multi-gesture feature. I tried to install twice or thrice but the installation was getting failed.

Thinking that if any other touchpad driver is already installed, I uninstalled Dell touchpad(ALPS touchpad). Consequently the sensitivity of the touch got lost. Again I tried installing synaptics but the installation was being failed.

I tried even to install the ALPS touchpad latest available to my model as well as the one given with the DVD of drivers with my laptop too, but I'd failures again.

Eventually I'm left with a dumb touch without being able to install any good touchpad driver. It's not even possible now to open a folder or any file by a double tap

I don't even know to completely remove everything related to touch and install it newly. "Is synaptics not supported in my laptop?"

 

Typing/using keyboard briefly disables touchpad

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I just got a new laptop (Lenovo G770) and am busy configuring Windows on it. I am running into an annoying issue with my input devices. Whenever I type or do anything with my keyboard, it disables my touchpad for about half a second.

Since I am an avid user of keyboard shortcuts, who want to disable their touch pad while typing. I currently have the Synaptic driver installed controlling my touch pad, and I can't see any options in its settings to disable this "feature".

 

How to enable chiral scroll and other multi-touch functions on synaptics touchpad

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I'm using windows 7 and have installed version 16.1.6.0 drivers for synaptics touchpad.

I want to enable chiral scroll motion, as well as to adjust the sensitivity for the touchpad, as the cursor keeps jumping jumping around when I type, making me keep having to correct gibberish.

I know this version of the drivers supports chiral scroll, multi-touch, and other adjustments to touchpad function, but when I pull up the device settings for the "PS/2 mouse port compatible touchpad", the only menu options it shows are "overview" and "buttons", which only contain the patent notices and button actions.

But otherwise, there is no way to change the functionality of the mouse at all. none of the usual menu options are there.

I've reinstalled the drivers, tried other versions, I know the capability is there, but I just can't access it for some reason.

 

How to adjust the sensitivity of touch on the TouchPad?

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(Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3 : Netbook : Windows 7 Starter) Just got it & salesman at Fry's Electronics showed me how to eliminate the action on the Touchpad where touching the pad is like clicking the left button. I'm sure it was under the Control Panel, but now I'm home, I can't find any function to control the Touchpad except for just simply turning it off/on totally. That's nice if I want to use a mouse, but for a lot of time I intend to use the Touchpad, but I don't like touching being the same as clicking & I don't like the high level of sensitivity of the touchpad. That almost seems like if you're CLOSE to the pad it detects your finger and does what ever.
 

Mouse/Cursor Stops Working Randomely

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The other day my computer cursor stopped responding to my touchpad. The cursor was absolutely dead. doing absolutely nothing onscreen. I checked the touch icons on my keyboard, one of which indicates the touchpad, and pressed it on. Now it is working. well, sort of.

Just a few minutes ago this happened again, but the touchpad icon on my keyboard was lit. I turned it off, then turned it on again. It started working again. I thought the last time it stopped working because the touchpad was turned off. Apparently that's not the case.

 

Inspiron 1720 touchpad scroll feature is disabled

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The touch pad on my Dell Inspiron 1720 works but the horizontal and vertical scroll feature on the touch pad is disabled. I tried looking for how to adjust touchpad scrolling feature but can only find mouse settings.