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hello! Somehow I managed to DIS-ABLE

by ulasaw / August 26, 2010 8:11 PM PDT

my ASUS 1000HA/WXP touchpad....
It's movements were way too fast--so I tried to slow them down...
...well--I STOPPED the touchpad from working at all!
I can't get into ANYTHING now.
Can't even OPEN the Control panel or even use the 'START'
button.--no right-left click...
I had to shut it down by closing the cover.
I attempted using the F2/F3 keys--but it loaded as usual.
I have no cd-dvd-drive and no manual mouse.
(I am on my ACER laptop right now).
I still have 1-week in which I can return this to MWAVE--but
I love this netbook! (It has XP along w/OFFICE7-WORKS pre-installed).
there's a RECOVERY CD included (which you can never get anymore) but it's useless to me w/no drive.
Is there any way I can load the "recovery disk' onto THIS ACER
notebook-and somehow transfer the files over to the netbook??

I have very limited tech-skills!

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On my laptop...
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 26, 2010 8:35 PM PDT

On my Packard Bell laptop right next to the touchpad is a push on/push off button. It disables the touchpad so I can type without brushing it.

Maybe your netbook keyboard has a similar button?

If not, don't forget keyboard navigation of Windows, using the Tab key, (the one above the Caps Lock key), and the arrow keys to highlight, and Enter to select. I've just tried that myself and was able to open the Start menu, and then the Control Panel, without needing a mouse or trackpad.


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USB mouse
by Maceman69 / August 26, 2010 8:49 PM PDT


I think the best solution for you would be a USB mouse, even if you can get your touchpad work again.


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I tried what you suggested w/Tab/enter
by ulasaw / August 26, 2010 9:57 PM PDT
In reply to: USB mouse

but nothing happens.
the pointer=arrow works--but nothing else.
I dis-abled the touchpad completely--and there's no button
on keyboard to re-enable it....
I am SO upset w/myself--but I was trying to fix the
too-fast touchpad whcih was way too sensitive.

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You're using WIndows?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 26, 2010 10:19 PM PDT

If so, keyboard navigation should work.

If you can't do that, then the other suggestion of connecting a USB mouse is the only other option.

Back to keyboard navigation in Windows. I assume you manage to load Windows to the Desktop, where the Taskbar and all your Desktop icons show. There should be no application windows open when you first load Windows.

Given that, I fail to see why the Tab key doesn't work. This is how mine works on the Desktop, (using Vista).

Blank Desktop, only icons displaying. I press the Tab key and watch the display for any highlighting. Using a combination of the Tab keys and the arrow keys I can get my Start menu button highlighted. press Enter.

The Start menu displays. Press the 'right' arrow key and this highlights the top or bottom icon in the right hand column where Control Panel is. Press the 'down' or 'up' arrow to highlight the Control Panel. Press Enter.

The Control Panel opens. Use the arrow keys to highlight the Mouse icon. Press Enter.

The Mouse control dialog window appears. If there are no options in the first displayed tab to re-select or enable the trackpad, use CTRL + Tab to move to the other tabs.

Find the tab where the option that disabled the trackpad is shown. use the Tab key to highlight this option. Often single alphabetical letter keys are needed to change options, eg remove a tick or replace a tick. Experiment with those. Arrow key to Apply, press Enter.

This 'keyboard navigation' is inherent in Windows, and likely in Mac and Linux as well. Before Windows when all we had was the keyboard and no mouse, this is how we navigated screens and options.


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