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#1 jnelsoninjax

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 04:03

I have a Toshiba Satellite L455D-S5976, and use a wireless mouse, I wish to disable the touchpad, but it does not show up in the mouse control panel or the device managers listing of mice! The only mouse that is showing up is the wireless one. I have googled this topic extensively and they all say to go into mouse control panel and select the touchpad and either disable it or disable when a usb mouse in plugged in. However, there is not a listing for the touchpad! Anyone have any experience with this or have any insights as what to do next? TIA!


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Posted 25 January 2012 - 04:21

Usually there is a FN + FKey that you can press to disable it?

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 04:24

I never really thought about disabling it myself, but I was working on a laptop a couple days ago and the person asked me how to do that. Just since that day, I've seen something real closely related, if not exactly that topic, several times now. I could see where it could be handy to do though.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 12:09

I know that there is a FN key, but it does not work :wacko: I know I had it disabled once before...

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 14:40

I know you've tried mouse control panel, but have you looked under device manager?

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 14:42

Can you not disable it via the BIOS?

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 14:43

Some laptops have a small area built in to the touchpad that if double-tapped on, disables or enables the touchpad. My HP DV6 laptop have it.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 02:44

I know you've tried mouse control panel, but have you looked under device manager?

Yes, it is not showing up.

Can you not disable it via the BIOS?

I did not think about that, I will look into it.

Some laptops have a small area built in to the touchpad that if double-tapped on, disables or enables the touchpad. My HP DV6 laptop have it.

I know what you are taking about, but no, the Toshiba does not have that option.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 02:53

some have a little button to the top, my DV8 has that.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 02:56

Just uninstall or disable the driver for it via the 'Device Manager'

Edit, it should show up as Synaptics Touchpad

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 07:52

I did not think about that, I will look into it.

I remember Lenovo's having the option, and I've just checked a Dell next to me and sure enough there is an option to disable the touchpad. I would assume that it's a pretty standard option for laptops these days.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 11:29

Just uninstall or disable the driver for it via the 'Device Manager'

Edit, it should show up as Synaptics Touchpad

It does not show up! I even downloaded the driver from Toshiba and attempted to install it, only to have it 'fail' with no other explanation.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 12:22

It does not show up! I even downloaded the driver from Toshiba and attempted to install it, only to have it 'fail' with no other explanation.

Does this mean that there isn't an option in the BIOS to disable it?

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 12:31

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 12:01

If you disconnect your wireless mouse, what do you have listed under the 'Hardware' tab in mouse settings from the control panel?