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ok, so.. it took me about 20 minutes just to get here lol

anyhoo, the touchpad on my laptop died. it worked last night just fine but today i booted up and nothing. this poses a problem since my mouse (optical) is not working very well (the optical doesnt work on my desk, so i have to use the mouse on my arm so it will pick up anything)

if anyone has any idea what causes a touchpad (as well as the adjoining buttons) to stop working this n00b would appreciate some schooling

p.s. dont ask on the mouse.. it also died at random one day and i havnt gotten a chance to replace it. now im stuck navigating with a keyboard.

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Re: computer help (somewhat important)

Check the bios and make sure it isn't turned off by accident. Otherwise it could be a connection problem which would require you either disassembling part of the laptop, or hitting it a few times.

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went through the control pannel, everything says connected and that it recognizes the touchpad and the buttons.



also, to add.. when i first booted up (xp) i had a system32 black screen (of death..?) pop up for a second or two but there was no coding on it, then it closed itself and nothing worked.

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[quote author=*txmica3* link=topic=121744.msg2570607#msg2570607 date=1219850101]
ok, so.. it took me about 20 minutes just to get here lol

anyhoo, the touchpad on my laptop died. it worked last night just fine but today i booted up and nothing. this poses a problem since my mouse (optical) is not working very well (the optical doesnt work on my desk, so i have to use the mouse on my arm so it will pick up anything)

if anyone has any idea what causes a touchpad (as well as the adjoining buttons) to stop working this n00b would appreciate some schooling

p.s. dont ask on the mouse.. it also died at random one day and i havnt gotten a chance to replace it. now im stuck navigating with a keyboard.
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if you cant get the touch pad to work and your mouse wont work on your desk try taping a piece of paper to the desk and using the mouse on that.
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[quote author=gru link=topic=121744.msg2570632#msg2570632 date=1219850598]
[quote author=*txmica3* link=topic=121744.msg2570607#msg2570607 date=1219850101]
ok, so.. it took me about 20 minutes just to get here lol

anyhoo, the touchpad on my laptop died. it worked last night just fine but today i booted up and nothing. this poses a problem since my mouse (optical) is not working very well (the optical doesnt work on my desk, so i have to use the mouse on my arm so it will pick up anything)

if anyone has any idea what causes a touchpad (as well as the adjoining buttons) to stop working this n00b would appreciate some schooling

p.s. dont ask on the mouse.. it also died at random one day and i havnt gotten a chance to replace it. now im stuck navigating with a keyboard.
[/quote]

if you cant get the touch pad to work and your mouse wont work on your desk try taping a piece of paper to the desk and using the mouse on that.
[/quote]

been trying that.. the thing is that the rubber on the bottom of the mouse it seems is used as a spacer so the laser can pick up the surface. well its worn down so i have to hold the mouse a mm or so above the paper, which is very hard to do while trying to move it sideways.

its a bad series of events lol and to add to it, i dont have the right socket to open the computer.. it takes some special hex-type thing that i dont have.

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[quote author=*txmica3* link=topic=121744.msg2570646#msg2570646 date=1219850938]
[quote author=gru link=topic=121744.msg2570632#msg2570632 date=1219850598]
[quote author=*txmica3* link=topic=121744.msg2570607#msg2570607 date=1219850101]
ok, so.. it took me about 20 minutes just to get here lol

anyhoo, the touchpad on my laptop died. it worked last night just fine but today i booted up and nothing. this poses a problem since my mouse (optical) is not working very well (the optical doesnt work on my desk, so i have to use the mouse on my arm so it will pick up anything)

if anyone has any idea what causes a touchpad (as well as the adjoining buttons) to stop working this n00b would appreciate some schooling

p.s. dont ask on the mouse.. it also died at random one day and i havnt gotten a chance to replace it. now im stuck navigating with a keyboard.
[/quote]

if you cant get the touch pad to work and your mouse wont work on your desk try taping a piece of paper to the desk and using the mouse on that.
[/quote]

been trying that.. the thing is that the rubber on the bottom of the mouse it seems is used as a spacer so the laser can pick up the surface. well its worn down so i have to hold the mouse a mm or so above the paper, which is very hard to do while trying to move it sideways.

its a bad series of events lol and to add to it, i dont have the right socket to open the computer.. it takes some special hex-type thing that i dont have.
[/quote]

hmm... not sure if you have time, but you could go to office max or something and get "mouse skates" or whatever they're called. It's basically replacements for the mouse feet you're talking about the wore down.
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i could, except i havnt been at school long enough to learn where an office max is (or if there even is one) and i dont have my car at the moment to get there.

on a side note, im getting kinda good at using the mouse on my forearm

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Re: computer help (somewhat important)

Can you open up the device manager and check the driver? Try rolling it back or else just reinstalling the driver.


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[quote author=*txmica3* link=topic=121744.msg2570678#msg2570678 date=1219851611]
i could, except i havnt been at school long enough to learn where an office max is (or if there even is one) and i dont have my car at the moment to get there.

on a side note, im getting kinda good at using the mouse on my forearm
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damn it, i'm out of ideas then.. haha

other then going to the mouse manufacturers website and updating the firmware on the mouse. worth a shot.
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[quote author=gru link=topic=121744.msg2570689#msg2570689 date=1219851773]
[quote author=*txmica3* link=topic=121744.msg2570678#msg2570678 date=1219851611]
i could, except i havnt been at school long enough to learn where an office max is (or if there even is one) and i dont have my car at the moment to get there.

on a side note, im getting kinda good at using the mouse on my forearm
[/quote]

damn it, i'm out of ideas then.. haha

other then going to the mouse manufacturers website and updating the firmware on the mouse. worth a shot.
[/quote]

well the mouse 'works', i just have to hover it to catch a signal.. ive had it for like 5 years so its wear and tear.

[quote author=Alec Trevelyan link=topic=121744.msg2570683#msg2570683 date=1219851691]
Can you open up the device manager and check the driver? Try rolling it back or else just reinstalling the driver.
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well i couldnt find it in the device manager.. i found it under hardware and tried enabling/disabling over and over but nothing.

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