On a i8500, plugging in a mouse doesn't disable the touchpad automatically.
To disable it, go to Control Panel > Mouse Options. In the window that pops up, there is an option there that allows you to disable either the trackpoint or touchpad.
On my 4000, I set the BIOS pointing device to PS/2 Mouse and while the mouse is plugged in, the touchpad is disabled. When the mouse is out, the touchpad works - all I do is plug or unplug.
I know what you mean, as I myself have been frustrated at this feature (or lack thereof I should say).... because I also use many USB devices which means that I swap the mouse out all the time (I use USB Hard drive which requires both the USB ports, a USB floppy, USB memory key, USB printer, etc). I'm sorry I can't recommend a program or solution though as I have yet to find one myself.
Message Edited by sakor1 on 02-17-2004 05:50 PM
*sigh* The others had already suggested that, and I know how to do it..... its just I am hoping (probably in vain) that someone will post with a solution, but I may end up having to do it manually.