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Laptop touch pad help

by R_Cronier / March 2, 2014 2:06 AM PST

Had to take apart a Gateway NV55c laptop and it appears that there is something wrong with the ribbon cable that connects the touch pad to the motherboard. I was going to order a new cable online but will take a cpl. of days or so to get here so was going to install an external mouse so my daughter could use her laptop until the new cable comes in. The problem is that when you power up the laptop it takes you to the lock screen and I can't enter the password to get the lock screen to go away because I need to click inside the box to get the cursor to start flashing to enter the password. Is there anyway to bypass this so I can install the external mouse?

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(NT) Try the TAB key. That usually works.
by wpgwpg / March 2, 2014 2:19 AM PST
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by R_Cronier / March 2, 2014 2:59 AM PST

Thanks to both of you, but wpgwpg's idea did it. Up and going now. Off to order a new ribbon cable. Hey, while on that, if I order a new ribbon cable does it come with new push connectors or do I need to get those separately?

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I can't answer about the cable
by wpgwpg / March 2, 2014 3:04 AM PST
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I don't have anything made by Gateway any more. I had a 2006 Gateway desktop and after a few weeks the keyboard had to be replaced. After a year or two the monitor had to be replaced, and after 3 years the motherboard went out. After that I've bought Dell desktops and Toshiba laptops.
Good luck.

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Maybe you
by itsdigger / March 2, 2014 2:10 AM PST
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can use a Linux live cd for now until the cable comes in. Just plug the mouse in and use Linux but don't install it


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