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Re: Disabling touchpad on laptop

On 22/01/07, Gene Heskett <gene heskett verizon net> wrote:
On Monday 22 January 2007 02:59, Anne Wilson wrote:
>On Monday 22 January 2007 02:06, Dotan Cohen wrote:
>> I've got a Dell 6400 / E1505 laptop. The great engineers at Dell put
>> the touchpad so close to the keyboard that I'm hitting it every five
>> minutes by mistake. Is there and _easy_ way to enable/disable it? Like
>> a keyboard shortcut, hardware button, or panel applet (KDE)?
>> Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
>Is there a key programmed (in windows) to turn it off?  There is on my
> Acer, and it works equally well in linux.  The ancient Packard Bell
> doesn't have such a key, so I suffer as you do.

I'm using a "synaptics" utility, kills that bad puppy completely.  But it
puts an icon in the tray you can click on to re-enable it.  Using an
optical wireless mouse plugged into a usb port, the only time I ever
clicked on it was to see if it worked, it did.

Thanks, Gene. How do I start synaptics? I've installed it, but I don't
see anything in the menus nor in Kcontrol. Also, typing synaptics at
the command line returns a command not found error.

Dotan Cohen


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