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 Post subject: Laptop Touch Pad Gripe
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 12:35 pm 
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Does anyone else struggle with unpredictable touchpad operation?

My HP laptop apparently has a Synaptics touch pad. I have had many more issues with this touch pad than other laptops I have owned.
The problems are random zooming of the the screen when my fingers are close to, but not touching the touchpad.
I also get the right mouse click pop-up window when not touching the touch pad.

The "solution" was was to turn off much of the touch pads functionality.

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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Touch Pad Gripe
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 1:33 pm 
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I dislike most touch pads and for anything longer than a minutes use bring out a wireless mouse:

https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-M185-Sw ... 90&sr=8-19

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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Touch Pad Gripe
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 1:41 pm 
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Eliot Ness wrote:
I dislike most touch pads and for anything longer than a minutes use bring out a wireless mouse:

https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-M185-Sw ... 90&sr=8-19


I would agree were it not for the fact that 99.5% of my computing is from my recliner. :?
I have yet to find a good ergonomic position to operate a traditional mouse from this chair.

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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Touch Pad Gripe
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 3:52 pm 
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I'm never in a normal desk position when using my laptop so I use the area beside the touch pad, my leg, or any other surface that works. The mouse I linked to has a laser instead of a ball and works on all kinds of surfaces.

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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Touch Pad Gripe
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 5:52 pm 
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I got a peripheral touchpad. It works as one should, while the onboard unit hops and jumps up and back down. Mine is next to my solid state memory boards and the onboard pad seems to suffer when things warm up. Adesso is a good brand of touchpad.

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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Touch Pad Gripe
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 9:01 pm 
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I also have an HP laptop with a Synaptics touch pad, most likely a similar model. Mine flakes out to where the pointer ends up at the top of the screen and just flickers back and forth. Doesnt happen every time but I havent found a fix. Ive resorted to a wireless mouse now.

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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Touch Pad Gripe
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 9:44 pm 
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flyboy71 wrote:
I also have an HP laptop with a Synaptics touch pad, most likely a similar model. Mine flakes out to where the pointer ends up at the top of the screen and just flickers back and forth. Doesnt happen every time but I havent found a fix. Ive resorted to a wireless mouse now.


I forgot to mention that one. Yes, that was another annoying tendency of my touch pad, but that seems to gone away after turning off some of the other functionality.

Seems like most of the problems went away after disabling the two-finger functions. Just finding where the settings were was somewhat of a challenge, as they were buried pretty deep in the menu structure.

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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Touch Pad Gripe
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 11:51 pm 
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processhead wrote:
Does anyone else struggle with unpredictable touchpad operation?

The "solution" was was to turn off much of the touch pads functionality.

That is the first thing I do with any touchpad-equipped laptop computer I ever use, even if I am repairing one for a friend. The worst feature of all is the "tap the pad for a mouse-click" function, totally annoying.

Vastly better is the IBM Thinkpad (now Lenovo) Trackpoint, the "pencil eraser"-looking device in the center of the keyboard. After a few minutes of practice and maybe a speed or sensitivity adjustment (easily done in the "Mouse" settings window), it is far easier to use and control. I would not own a laptop computer without one if I had any choice at all in the decision.

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"Vastly better is the IBM Thinkpad (now Lenovo) Trackpoint..."

Heh. Invented right near here. Actually about 30 aisles away from where I am right now.
There's actually a hallway display about the development....


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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Touch Pad Gripe
PostPosted: Jun Thu 13, 2019 6:57 am 
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I also have the problem of activating the pad without actually touching it. It's dangerous. I use a Logitech wireless that has a trackball and a wheel in addition to multiple buttons. It can rest on a chairside table, the arm of a chair, my leg, or anything else that is nearby to rest it on. Earlier wired ones were smaller and I could hold them in my hand and use them. I can actually hold the large Logitech, but using the wheel is awkward. The MS wireless never seemed to fit my hand well.

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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Touch Pad Gripe
PostPosted: Jun Thu 13, 2019 12:07 pm 
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My HP touchpad works OK. I use a USB mouse, though. Turned off the touchpad's tap function. Irritating.


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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Touch Pad Gripe
PostPosted: Jun Thu 13, 2019 11:30 pm 
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My touchpad on my HP works fine except the scroll doesn't work. Because of that i use a wireless mini mouse now since i cant figure out the scroll problem.


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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Touch Pad Gripe
PostPosted: Jun Thu 13, 2019 11:37 pm 
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I do not activate touch pads properly. I've heard it called "zombie fingers". I own zero touch pad devices because of this.


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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Touch Pad Gripe
PostPosted: Jul Mon 08, 2019 10:16 pm 
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processhead wrote:
Does anyone else struggle with unpredictable touchpad operation?

My HP laptop apparently has a Synaptics touch pad. I have had many more issues with this touch pad than other laptops I have owned.
The problems are random zooming of the the screen when my fingers are close to, but not touching the touchpad.
I also get the right mouse click pop-up window when not touching the touch pad.

The "solution" was was to turn off much of the touch pads functionality.

My synaptics touch pad works wonderfully, BUT...
The drivers are important. Linux doesn't claim to support all of the functions, but I haven't noticed any missing.
One curiosity: on two of my OS's, two finger scrolling works the way I learned it, on the third OS, two finger scrolling works backwards,
in other words, scrolling up is down and scrolling down is up. I am rapidly becoming ambidextrous on the third OS, but I do wonder why
and what to do about it.......
Yes, I occasionally get a "misfire" on tap to click, but it is usually carelessness, tired, drunk, or some combination of the three.

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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Touch Pad Gripe
PostPosted: Jul Tue 09, 2019 2:49 am 
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I despise them.

I can disable mine by pressing the the FN and F3 keys at the same time.

I use a little wireless mouse which solves the problem.

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PostPosted: Jul Wed 10, 2019 11:22 pm 
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A USB laser wheel mouse uses no batteries, always works properly.
I tie a sheep's head style knot in the cord to shorten it up.

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PostPosted: Jul Wed 10, 2019 11:28 pm 
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Old fashioned here; desktop PC, wireless mouse, Microsoft Ergonomic K/B; never fails me.


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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Touch Pad Gripe
PostPosted: Jul Thu 11, 2019 1:04 am 
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Shut off the tap the pad option and use the buttons. Use the pad just for moving the curser. There is usually a setting to do this.

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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Touch Pad Gripe
PostPosted: Jul Thu 11, 2019 1:14 am 
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I dislike the laptop keyboard and touchpad in general, and attacked external keybard and mouse.

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