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    Touchpad (Vista)

    Dear Loungers,

    My Synaptics touchpad abruptly stopped working yesterday. I went into the control panel device manager and saw that the "device is working properly," so I don't know what to do. Restarting didn't help. Anyone have experience with this?

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    Re: Touchpad (Vista)

    Chnaged any BIOS setting to turn it off? Added any new software? Applied any pathces? Tried a System Restore to a time when you are sure it was working?

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    Re: Touchpad (Vista)

    Yes; I hooked up a pocket pc which then installed some new software. But I don't think that would have turned off the touchpad, do you? Do you think I can just uninstall and reinstall the touchpad driver?

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    Re: Touchpad (Vista)

    The new software may be the culprit. You could try uninstalling it or using System Restore to go back to a point before the installation. You could also try uninstalling and reinstalling the touchpad driver. However, it could be that the pocket pc driver & touchpad driver conflict.

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    Re: Touchpad (Vista)

    Hi Joe,

    I realized that it wasn't the new software, because I installed it on Friday or maybe on Saturday, but the problems only started happening last night (Sunday). Besides, when I went into the Install/UNinstall dialogue, the pocket pc wasn't even listed there, so maybe software wasn't installed (or at least not installed successfully - I do, however, remember, there was a little message on the taskbar that said "please wait while windows installs tihs software (or driver or something similar)").

    I did, however, discover what the problem was: on Vista laptops (or at least on Acer Vista laptops), <Fn> + <F7> toggles the Touchpad. So at some point, I must have accidentally pressed that combo. Pressing it again undid the toggle, which is great since I don't have to back up and do a system restore.

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    JMT

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