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I am having the exact same problem on Toshiba Satellite L300D Running Windows Vista. I have tried everything I can think of. Touchpad is fine for around an hour then suddenly becomes erratic and basically unusable. Did you ever find a solution?
Tried Installing the Latest Synaptics Driver For Your Comp?
Im having the same problem with my toshiba
did you ever find a solution
And You've Installed The Latest Synaptics Driver?
And One Other Thought
Open the Control Panel, select the "Mouse" icon, then click on the "Pointer Options" tab, then UNCHECK the box next to "Enhance pointer precision".
Hope this helps.
RE: And One More Thought
I have the same problem on a Dell Studio running WIN7.
I tried your suggested fix (in WIN7's control panel, you need to click "Devices and Printers" to get to the Mouse option; not exactly intuitive).
Unchecking "Enhance pointer precision" helped somewhat, but unchecking "Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialogue box" helped somewhat more.
Still, the pointer jumps around the page periodically (3-4 times while I was typing this response.
Seems the folks at Synaptics need to do some more work on their product -- and manufacturers need to vet their third-party products before hoisting them on the paying public.
Synaptics touchpad problems and pointer precision
OK, so the deal is that with the Synaptics driver many users have been noticing this type of behavior. Agreed, unchecking "Enhance pointer precision" does help, but pointing becomes so much more troublesome (fix one thing, break another...)
Any work arounds, or updates, that help fix the situation without having to disable precision?
BTW, I usually notice this type of behavior when I have to work with the touchpad buttons and the cursor at the same time (like selecting text or performing a mouse gesture).
Thanks for the support!
Anyone have any news from Synaptics themselves?
I gave up
My Packard Bell laptop has this "trackpad/touchpad" thing and it drove me crazy.
In the end I gave up. I connected a USB mouse and disabled the trackpad.
My dive into insanity has been halted!
Giving up, too!
Every suggested "fix" (update drivers, disable features, etc.) seem to offer temporary fixes, and before long Synapsis is up to its old tricks. Clearly, the fixes are not available on this board. Will contact Dell to see what they are doing to fix this, and suggest all others to contact their manufacturers.
DELL doesn't care!
It's been almost a week since I sent a message to DELL through their "support" center -- and no response! Just one more reason my next PC will be a MAC!
still no luck
I tried that but like most toshiba instructions my satellite does not have those options. when I get to pointer opitions, there is no box to uncheck called 'enhance pointer precision" windows 7
partial success - by accident
Hi all - looks like we're all having similar problems and although synaptic seems to be part of the problem, it seems the vast majority are with toshiba laptops (mine is L505D GS6000) thanks for all the suggestions but most of them center around directions which do not apply to my model - those choices are not there.
however after hours of reading, talking to toshiba, etc I somewhat accidentally stumbled upon a partial fix. at one point I went back to toshiba support, then windows support (that comes with this model), ended up with updates (windows) and saw one I'd never seen before or had updated on its own. since it had "snaptic" in the names, I said what the heck and installed it. much to my surprise it disabled the touchpad, the keyboard jumping stopped, and I just plugged the mouse back in and now it's fine after weeks of getting worse and worse where I couldn't even compose an email.
you might try this. I'm sorry I didn't write it down but will see if I can find it. the real culprit for such a damaging bug is the manufacturer. if we weren't all so busy we should combine forces, send a letter to the ceo, and all sign it. but anyway, see if you can recreate what I did. I can't tell you what a relief it is. I was like the other two commenters who were ready to pull their hair out. and this laptop was halfway to the dump.. good luck!
I have tried everything and was ready to buy a new computer. I tried this and it appears to be working. It still gets a little erractic at times but I just restart the computer and it is okay for quite awhile. Thanks.
Tip: Don't bury pleas for help under long discussions.
This one is from 2009 so if the answers here don't fix it, start fresh where members will spot your new post.
Closing this old post now.
going to toshiba
exact same problem with my new toshiba satellite t130, so so frustrating. anyway i found that i got temporary releif by closing the lid then openning it again, logging in and for a little while (i did my little trick before starting typing this and by the time i finished the mouse is rooted again) at least the mouse is back to normal...anyway the laptop is going to see toshiba soon so will keep you posted.
hi.....finally had this rectified, went to a toshiba service centre and they replaced the touchpad under wanrranty.
The Touch Sensitivity slider allows you to adjust how much finger pressure must be applied before the TouchPad responds.
If your pointer is moving or clicking erratically, or you work in an area with high humidity, decrease sensitivity by moving the slider to the right toward Heavy Touch.
fixed my erratic touchpad
I realize this is an old post, but I've continued to have a problem with an erratic Touchpad. My laptop is an HP Pavilion dv5117cl. I upraded it to Windows 7 and maxed out the memory on it. My problem seemed to appear after I loaded Windows 7. Assuming it was a conflict between the Touchpad and Win7, I've attempted to update the driver software, with no luck. I've also played around with the sensitivity settings. Neither of these fixes seemed to help and only made using the Touchpad more frustrating to use. Tonight I simply uninstalled the Synaptics driver and am now just using the generic Windows driver. So far, so good. The touchpad is infinitely more responsive and doesn't seem to have a mind of its own anymore. It still allows me to move the cursor and tap or double-tap to click. It no longer jumps around and randomly clicks things on its own anymore. However, (not sure if it's related to the generic driver) I just noticed that my arrow keys no longer work.
it does work, but
But then the issues that arises is, that the Synaptic driver somehow always manages to sneak back in. I dunno where and how - even if I don't perform any manual or automatic windows or hp updates.
Now - that is driving me crazy ...
(my comp is a hp folio 1040 g1).
See if disabling the touchscreen helps
After Dell replaced my touchpad, keyboard, motherboard, and monitor on my less-than-two year old Studio, I still had an erratic cursor (pops all over the screen, randomly clicking here and there, opening and closing all sorts of programs). The only solution for me was to disable the touchscreen feature.
I am still pursuing Dell for a solution, as well as why my ESC key no longer works.
Same issue here...
My Acer Aspire 5630 has a Synaptics trackpad, it seems to be the controller chip on the motherboard, Mine is under the trackpad button, it seems to get rather hot when in use for long periods of time and when it does, that's when all hell breaks loose, disabling it and lettig it settle for about 10 or 15 minutes resolves the issue long enough for me to finish doing what I'm doing, but it is helpful to know how to work a PC with no mouse!, but it still has a very bad tendancy to behave very eratically and I am forced to use keyboad shortcuts to shut it down, the system is clear and has ever really had a virus or other form of malware (other than virtual machine based virus testing, which has no effect on the host PC at all). The chip should be made by realtek and have the little crab emblem on it, I think it's an ALC883 chip, it also amplifies the sound which may be why it hets hot, but I've had the laptop for around 5 or so years and this a relatively new issue that rarely happens but when it does the trackpad is pretty much unuseable!
try this simple fix
Place a piece of writing paper over the touch pad and secure with sellotape, it worked for me
The problem is synaptic as well, i know this post is old, but someone can need this.
To fix this problem
Open your task manager -- end all task about synaptic, and your mouse will work normal (touch pad features disables), now go to the synaptic carpet and uninstall, your mouse will be a normal mouse... is something.
Very simple solution found.
After spending hours rebooting , reloading programs, ringing consultants from Acer, etc,etc I found my solution to a non-reactive touchpad was simply to hold down the Fn key at the same time as the F7 key and voila the touchpad works again. Do it again and it stops working! Hope this helps some of you!
Update touchpad driver to fix issues
In normal case, there won't be problems on touchpad itself but the driver.
Like the driver installed is outdated, corrupted or somewhat not working, then your touchpad won't work properly.
So whenever your touchpad is not working, imagine the driver is broken. Uninstall the old driver and reinstall a new one.
You can go to manufacture's website or download site to download the driver and manually install it.
You can also use 3rd party utility like DriveTheLife: http://download.cnet.com/DriveTheLife/3000-2094_4-76219521.html
Generally, we don't recommend using driver update programs.
This one is free and has positive reviews, but still: use at your own risk and be sure you know how to undo things it does wrong.
same problem with Dell 3520
Dell failing to provide others solution than "don't use your touchpad" or "slow your mouse pointer" (= slow down everything you do...)
amazingly simple solution
Every once in awhile I have the same horribly frustrating problem with the synaptic touchpad on my HP laptop. It has something to do with static electricity, I think. But I have discovered an amazingly simple solution: unplug the charger and just run on battery power. This can work like a charm!
This actually worked!!!! Now, how can we make it work when plugged in.