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Old 05-03-2012, 01:44 AM   #1
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How would i go about disabling the touchpad of my laptop


gday, so i've a thinkpad which has the track point. I don't use the touch pad and sometimes i finder my cursor drifting slowly towards one direction of the screen, because my finger is resting on the pad. How can i disable the touchpad?
 
Old 05-03-2012, 02:23 AM   #2
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Hi,

Check if you're using the 'psmouse' module (lsmod), remove it with rmmod, see if that does the trick. If it does (in my case it works) your touchpad should be completely disabled. To have it stay like that between reboots, add it to the /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf.

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Old 05-03-2012, 04:03 AM   #3
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http://www.ehow.com/how_5647892_disa...ad-laptop.html
First link Google provided after searching for "how to disable touchpad on thinkpad"

FN + F8 should do the trick.

Works similar on my laptop. For me it's FN + F6. If FN + F8 doesn't work. Then look for a touchpad icon on one of your laptops function keys. Then it's FN + that function key.

Good luck.

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Step 1 on that list refers to using Windows. It works on Linux as well

Edit:
This key combination is only needed once. The touchpad stays disabled after a reboot.

Last edited by SandsOfArrakis; 05-03-2012 at 04:05 AM.
 
Old 05-03-2012, 08:15 AM   #4
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http://www.ehow.com/how_5647892_disa...ad-laptop.html
First link Google provided after searching for "how to disable touchpad on thinkpad"

FN + F8 should do the trick.

Works similar on my laptop. For me it's FN + F6. If FN + F8 doesn't work. Then look for a touchpad icon on one of your laptops function keys. Then it's FN + that function key.

Good luck.

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Step 1 on that list refers to using Windows. It works on Linux as well

Edit:
This key combination is only needed once. The touchpad stays disabled after a reboot.
Hi,

I remember trying something similar (key combinations depending on hardware/software settings) and didn't work for me. After a short while the touchpad 'automagically' got activated again. Hence the 'hard' way I mentioned.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 05-04-2012, 02:33 AM   #5
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Hi guys, thanks for the tips. I have now tried the key combo And it doesn't work, i've looked at the icons and f8 is the right button, but it does nothing.
Erictra, i've done as you say but i do not have that module.
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:43 AM   #6
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Hi,

Have a look at this thread. I just noticed you're using openSUSE so it might be of use. It's always a good idea to mention what distro you're using when posting a question/problem since that results in more adequate answers/solutions.

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Eric
 
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:44 AM   #7
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Hi,

Haven't heard from you for a couple of days now, can you give us an update? Did you find a solution to your problem?

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 05-09-2012, 05:39 AM   #8
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Thankyou Eric for taking a personal interest. I'm sorry, i was at work and checked this on my phone and later tried some solutions when i got home and then got side tract. I looked at your link and a member mentioned an option that can be edited in the bios; i checked this and there is; this did the trick; thank you very much Eric for helping me on this.
 
Old 05-09-2012, 02:38 PM   #9
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Hi,

That's great. Glad you got it resolved. Please mark your thread as solved so that other with the same problem know your thread contains a solution.

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