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laptop mouse pad

by amezdoggs / September 17, 2005 11:20 AM PDT

I installed a new hardrive and ran windows and the whole nine yards. But for some reason my little touch mouse pad thing doesnt work on my laptop. Can you tell me whats wrong w/ it, please?

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need more info
by linkit / September 17, 2005 11:29 AM PDT
In reply to: laptop mouse pad

Windows version?
Computer make/model?
Touchpad device name from Device Manager?

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by amezdoggs / September 17, 2005 1:44 PM PDT
In reply to: need more info

XP Professional Dell Inspiron 8200

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new driver
by linkit / September 17, 2005 2:09 PM PDT
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Any time you you have a problem with a hardware component after installing an operating system, it often means that you need a new driver. It is best to go to the manufacturer of the computer (and sometimes the individual component mfg) to get the latest driver.

So, you need to go to and get the trackpad driver for your particular model. I did it for you this time:

Dell Inspiron 8200 Downloads & Drivers
Click on ''Input Device Drivers'' and then ''Alps GlidePoint/StickPointer'' to download the driver.

Hope all goes well. Now you have new troubleshooting knowledge and a transferable skill!!!

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by amezdoggs / September 17, 2005 3:18 PM PDT
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thank you so much, you must either get paid or really love this

(i havent tried it yet)

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pro bono
by linkit / September 17, 2005 4:35 PM PDT
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I do this for fun and I learn a lot, too. It's a productive way to kill time when the current project needs time to complete.

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i tried
by amezdoggs / September 17, 2005 3:41 PM PDT
In reply to: new driver

i downloaded it and installed it but for some reason it only detects the mouse in my usb port and doesnt acknowledge the touch pad. is there a way to solve that through the system or is this the drivers problem? cuz i'm pretty sure its the right one.

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more troubleshooting
by linkit / September 17, 2005 4:29 PM PDT
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There might be something in your Mouse control panel that controls the touchpad. Look on all the tabs--there might be a drop down list of devices that you can use to get to the settings for the touchpad. Look for a checkbox that enables/disables the touchpad.

In your program menu, look for a program with the name of the touchpad. The driver installer program could have installed a separate touchpad control program. Also, check out all the icons down by your clock.

In your Device Manager, under Mice..., is your touchpad device listed? Is there a ?, X, ! next to it?

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there is
by amezdoggs / September 18, 2005 2:59 AM PDT
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i tried everyone of those. there is no other program that the driver installed, there is nothing in the mouse properties, and the touchpad icon in the tray takes me to mouse properties. Do you think it may be in services?

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Those pads. . .
by Coryphaeus / September 17, 2005 12:38 PM PDT
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by amezdoggs / September 17, 2005 1:46 PM PDT
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thanks, but i dont know what you need

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Amez, Did You Use The Dell Resource CD...?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 17, 2005 2:10 PM PDT
In reply to: thanks reinstall ALL of the device drivers? There should be one with your Recovery CD set for Dell.

In addition, many laptops have a "push button" immediately above/beside the touch-pad which will enable/disable the touch-pad. (Today, I worked on a Compaq laptop that had this type of button.) It allows the user to use a remote mouse without the touch-pad being a nuisance. Try pressing the button just in case the default is "disable".

Hope this helps.


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by amezdoggs / September 17, 2005 3:27 PM PDT

this is an older model which might be why it actually doesnt have a disable button, and i'm trying to download a driver at this point to see if it works. thanks alot, i'll let you know

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didnt work
by amezdoggs / October 6, 2005 3:08 AM PDT

i tried to download and install the driver but it doesnt take effect

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