Have the same problem... I taped a small piece of thin card stock across the pad using double stick tape on the perimeter adjacent to the pad (don't tape directly to the pad itself). Works fine and is easily removed.
This is sort of a generic laptop question.
Is there a way to have your laptop automatically disable the touchpad whenever a mouse is plugged in?
I always use external mice, and my hand tends toaccidentally hit the touchpad annoyingly moving the cursor and messing up my typing or moving things around. It would be nice if it would automatically shutdown if the computer detected an external input device, you know?
If you can't do this natively within windows, does anyone know of any third-party utlities/hacks that would make this possible?