Disabling tracker pad

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Ste T., 11 May 2010.

  1. Ste T.

    Ste T. Über Member

    Hi all
    Does any body here know how to temporarily disable the tracker pad on a laptop running XP. At the moment if my wrist brushes the pad as I am typing, and I don't notice , by the time I look up again the text is all over the place.
    Many thanks for any help.
  2. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    This would probably be better in Electric Cafe as my suggestion would involve a stanley knife:wacko:
  3. philipbh

    philipbh Spectral Cyclist

    Out the back
    Control Panel would be a start - what make an model of laptop do you have?

    My HP pavilion has a discreet on/off button at the top of the track pad to disable it, if using an external mouse
  4. benb

    benb Evidence based cyclist

  5. Theseus

    Theseus .

    Our laptop has a small button at the top of the pad that allows you to disable it. Useful for when you need to clean the muck off it after the kids have been eating sweets and playing on club penguin.
  6. OP
    Ste T.

    Ste T. Über Member

    Its a 5yr old Aldi special, Gericom. It's never let me down yet ,but it is starting to look its age.
    I,m off to the control panel.I'll get back.
  7. OP
    Ste T.

    Ste T. Über Member

    Nope, nothing on the keyboard, nothing in control panel that I can see.
    Thanks for the suggestions, I'm off to the Electric Cafe
  8. XmisterIS

    XmisterIS Purveyor of fine nonsense

    Look in your hardware profile in control panel - the tracker pad will probably be registered as a generic serial mouse, or something like that. If you stick in a USB mouse, you'll see that too as a generic usb mouse. You should be able to disable interrupts on the generic serial mouse, but probably only with a usb mouse installed (it probably won't let you disable the tracker pad if there's no other pointing device detected). If you can't disable interrupts, you can fudge it by shifting the interrupt range above 0x7FFFFFFF (i.e. make it a 2's complement negative number) - that should set the effective interrupt to null.
  9. Stick a post it note on it!
  10. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    Yeah - sellotape. Sometimes lo-tech is the way to go.
  11. I stuck this program on my mums lap top as she has the same poblem.
  12. Fly

    Fly Well-Known Member

    learn to touch type =)
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