Problems with the touchpad on my laptop

DaManBugs

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I hope an ARRSE IT guru can give me a bit of advice here. I run a Toshiba Satellite on Windows 8.1. The display is slaved out to a Samsung 24-inch monitor. I have a lot of problems working with the touchpad and so I use a mouse instead. Via the F5 button, I'm able to switch off the touchpad but for quite a while now it's just been switching itself back on at regular and irregular intervals without me doing anything.

I had a bit of a butcher's on "t'interwebz" for any possible solution, but they all seem to entail doing things that I don't understand and are far beyond my miserable technical skills. Does anyone have a (sort of) simple method I can apply to stop it continually happening? Any and all advice gratefully received.

MsG
 
#2
Sarcastic mode:- On.

Hang a kraut Bugsy, weren't you the electrical whizz kid, the bloke that wired up the barracks in BAOR, done all sorts of mind blowing things that are usually attributed to super hero's, gods, and THEM, I can't believe you are stumped by a plastic keyboard, anyhow DILLWGAF. have a nice day.

Sarcastic mode:- off.
 
#3
it's thirsty, give it water
 
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I hope an ARRSE IT guru can give me a bit of advice here. I run a Toshiba Satellite on Windows 8.1. The display is slaved out to a Samsung 24-inch monitor. I have a lot of problems working with the touchpad and so I use a mouse instead. Via the F5 button, I'm able to switch off the touchpad but for quite a while now it's just been switching itself back on at regular and irregular intervals without me doing anything.

I had a bit of a butcher's on "t'interwebz" for any possible solution, but they all seem to entail doing things that I don't understand and are far beyond my miserable technical skills. Does anyone have a (sort of) simple method I can apply to stop it continually happening? Any and all advice gratefully received.

MsG
Run Windows Update. One of my work laptops is a Tosh, and the "touchpad bug" is a well-known pain in the buttocks. W.U. usually sorts it, but be aware it'll probably offer you the update to Windows 10, so if you don't fancy that, look up the vendor/hardware ID and manually get a driver. Try TOS device 1151. Failing that, you should be able to search for Toshiba drivers by the serial number of your computer.
 

MrBane

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#9
Control Panel > Device Manager > Pointing / Input / Whatever > Touchpad > Properties > Disable
 
#10
Control Panel > Device Manager > Pointing / Input / Whatever > Touchpad > Properties > Disable
You could do that, but he's using an operating system that had more bugs than the Natural History Museum and was only marginally better than the 2nd worst operating system Microsloth ever foisted on an unsuspecting public (the worst was Windows ME). Actually forget that, ME was logical, Win 8/8.1 were / are utter sh!te.

He can't update to Win10 without paying for it, which he won't as a good socialist, and property being theft. The "free upgrade" expired some time ago, and Win10 causes as many problems as it solves on older hardware.

Win8.1 isn't supported and hasn't been for some time hence if the machine is up to date then it will be tricky. An updated touchpad driver MAY be available and MAY solve the problem. Or it may not be available and it may not solve the problem. Toshibas have some odd software including their own update utility bundled (if it's the original install).

The Tosh will, however, work perfectly with Win 7 and there are licenses available cheaply on the internet.

BTW, I have a Tosh Tecra which runs Win7 Pro and is completely stable. It won't be upgraded to Win10 -- ever.

I would personally install Linux Mint or similar in a dual boot. The machine will be faster and work better.
 
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MsG[/QUOTE]
I hope an ARRSE IT guru can give me a bit of advice here. I run a Toshiba Satellite on Windows 8.1. The display is slaved out to a Samsung 24-inch monitor. I have a lot of problems working with the touchpad and so I use a mouse instead. Via the F5 button, I'm able to switch off the touchpad but for quite a while now it's just been switching itself back on at regular and irregular intervals without me doing anything.

I had a bit of a butcher's on "t'interwebz" for any possible solution, but they all seem to entail doing things that I don't understand and are far beyond my miserable technical skills. Does anyone have a (sort of) simple method I can apply to stop it continually happening? Any and all advice gratefully received.

MsG
When you say problems with using the Touchpad does this mean you want to disable it completely?
 
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You could do that, but he's using an operating system that had more bugs than the Natural History Museum and was only marginally better than the 2nd worst operating system Microsloth ever foisted on an unsuspecting public (the worst was Windows ME). Actually forget that, ME was logical, Win 8/8.1 were / are utter sh!te.

He can't update to Win10 without paying for it, which he won't as a good socialist, and property being theft. The "free upgrade" expired some time ago, and Win10 causes as many problems as it solves on older hardware.

Win8.1 isn't supported and hasn't been for some time hence if the machine is up to date then it will be tricky. An updated touchpad driver MAY be available and MAY solve the problem. Or it may not be available and it may not solve the problem. Toshibas have some odd software including their own update utility bundled (if it's the original install).

The Tosh will, however, work perfectly with Win 7 and there are licenses available cheaply on the internet.

BTW, I have a Tosh Tecra which runs Win7 Pro and is completely stable. It won't be upgraded to Win10 -- ever.

I would personally install Linux Mint or similar in a dual boot. The machine will be faster and work better.
SO much wrong with that reply. I'm not even gonna touch it.
 
#14
I hope an ARRSE IT guru can give me a bit of advice here. I run a Toshiba Satellite on Windows 8.1. The display is slaved out to a Samsung 24-inch monitor. I have a lot of problems working with the touchpad and so I use a mouse instead. Via the F5 button, I'm able to switch off the touchpad but for quite a while now it's just been switching itself back on at regular and irregular intervals without me doing anything.

I had a bit of a butcher's on "t'interwebz" for any possible solution, but they all seem to entail doing things that I don't understand and are far beyond my miserable technical skills. Does anyone have a (sort of) simple method I can apply to stop it continually happening? Any and all advice gratefully received.

MsG

Probably a dry joint on the PCB. It sounds a bit radical, but placing the laptop in a preheated oven for about three minutes will re-flow the solder and cure the issue.
 
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