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Dell, Inspiron 6400, Inspiron 6400, Oversensitive mouse pad

When typing I frequently find that because I may have brushed the mouse pad(?), or for some other reason, that the letters i am typing suddenly do not go where they are meant to go but continue from wherever the cursor was last positioned - some way back in the text. This is particularly annoying as I then have to cut and paste them back where they should be. Is there a way to overcome this problem? My machine is a Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop.
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Longstop
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Darius GhassemCommented:
Customizing the Touch Pad
You can use the Mouse Properties window to disable the touch pad or adjust its settings.

Open the Control Panel, click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Mouse. For information about the Control Panel, see the Windows Help and Support Center. To access the Help and Support Center, see Windows Help and Support Center.


In the Mouse Properties window, click the Touch Pad tab to adjust touch pad settings.


Click OK to save the settings and close the window.
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LongstopAuthor Commented:
"In the Mouse Properties window, click the Touch Pad tab to adjust touch pad settings."
 
Regret there is not a 'Touch Pad tab' at that point. The four tabs at the top are: Buttons, Pointers, Pointer Options and Hardware. None of those lead to a Touch Pad tab.

I will now check for a third time, in case I am missing something.

No, there's no Touch Pad tab. At the bottom of the 'hardware' page is a 'troubleshoot' button, which I clicked. Thereafter I searched for items on 'touch pad'. There were none!

So, any suggestions?

Thank you in advance.

Longstop
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LongstopAuthor Commented:
Service tag is DTQMB2J. Thanks, Longstop
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LongstopAuthor Commented:
I've gone to the address you suggest above and followed it to 'Device Manager' and 'Mice and other pointing devices' and, surprisingly, there is only one sub-heading to that: 'PS/2 Compatible Mouse' with no mention of any touchpad device as there should be. Strange.

Longstop
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Darius GhassemCommented:
Can you give me a print screen and post to the site?
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Darius GhassemCommented:
I hope that his problem is fixed.
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LongstopAuthor Commented:
I'm sorry to have been away. I have tonight downloaded the recommended driver, restarted the machine, gone to Control Panel, where I found a Mouse icon (there was not a 'Printers and Other Hardware' icon) and, under Touchpad,  I adjust the Touch Sensitivity to maximum Heavy Touch. So far so good except I did not really notice any difference in the sensitivity of the touch. However whilst typing this I have deliberately been careless with my hand movements and the complaint seems to have gone away.   Was I meant to adjust PalmCheck as well? Nowhere could I find what it meant for I could not find a local help button. I will type a letter or two tomorrow to see if this really now works though it is looking very promising so far. I'm sorry again for aparently abandoning this question. Regards   Longstop
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