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Touchpad has a mind of its own

Posted on 2015-02-13
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Dell laptop, Inspiron 15 3000 series
Windows 8.1

Try to use this on a train. The cursor freezes very quickly when I do some work. I have to wait about 30 seconds before it comes back to life. Is there any way around this, apart from using an external mouse.
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Question by:Michael Murphy
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by:John Hurst
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Try setting the mouse properties. I set the Move speed to fast and the Double Click speed to Slower (so I can be more deliberate).

Then go into the Touch Pad Settings. There are MANY. Look through Pointing:  Sensitivity and Momentum; Clicking:  How do you want to set clicking.

Do you also have mouse button in the keyboard?  Maybe not. I do. I use it and turn the Touch Pad off.
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What happens when it freezes? Can you left/right click at all or is the entire area of the touchpad non-functional?

Maybe try installing the latest Touchpad drivers from Dell. As the Inspiron 15 3000 series comes in many flavors it may be best if you jump on the Dell website yourself and enter your Service Tag to get the list of drives for your specific laptop build.

Last option is to return the laptop back to Dell and get it fixed if it's still under warranty.

@John, no mouse button on these laptops. At least I haven't seen one in the last 5 or so Inspiron 15 3000 series models I've deployed in the past month.
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by:Michael Murphy
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Will follow recommendations . By the way when it freezes it is unresponsive to both left-side and right-side clicks
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by:nobus
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did it ever work fine?
then you cna do a system restore to such date
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by:Michael Murphy
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Will try system restore and get back
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by:Michael Murphy
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I followed advice given by VB ITS above to update the touchpad driver. I did and it seems to have worked. It is much better now.
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Glad to hear that sorted out the issue for you Michael.
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