I am having the same hideous "touchpad with a mind of its own" problem on my Precision M6400 Laptop.
I have tried all the installations of the various things listed here, and none of them will even install on my machine. It seems I don't have a "supported system" whatever that means.
@Microtest; please try to understand that this is not a matter of testing the touchpad, or finding that "it should work fine". The simple idea is is HOW TO TURN THE STUPID THING OFF!
That is all I want to do; Turn It OFF! I have to use a three btn mouse for running CAD software and that annoying touchpad is worse than useless.
If anyone knows how to Turn It OFF on a Dell that has no "service tag" that would be wonderful.
The only way to turn off the touchpad is by using Dell's touchpad driver (it's actually programmed by Alps,Synaptics etc....)There are also some software solutions (touchpal,touchfreeze..)but they only temporarily disable the touchpad
If the devicemanager only comes up with a generic Windows driver you won't be able to use added functionality given by Dell's driver.
I recently upgraded to Windows 8 and I knew that the Dell(Alps) driver was not supported - and Win8 wouldn't even let me install it.This didn't bother me at all because I was happy with the generic driver and I had no need to disable the touchpad.
Just recently Alps released a new Windows 8 driver for some inspirons - my inspiron wasn't included - nevertheless some user reported that it would work fine even on the 1545.
So I downloaded the driver, installed it and it worked perfectly.
What I want to say is: if the touchpad hasn't developed a hardware fault,the proper driver is installed AND the OS (windows Xp,7,8) is not corrupted the touchpad should be ok.I can only speak for my inspiron 1545 - and this machine has never let me down.
I recorded the Win8 touchpad installation,which is similar for any other OS and run the utility.You may want to watch it.
I tried everything suggested here as well. I finally gave up in desperation and called Dell. At first they installed software called TOUCHFREEZE.. And that didn't work either. The second time I called Dell, and when could not find an icon for my touchpad, it took him a while but he finally located and installed a Driver that allowed the TOUCHPAD control to appear under my MOUSE control in Contro Panel. The driver was not any mentioned in this forum when I was looking. He got it from the Dell web site and it was a product put out by ALPS Electric Co. version 7.1007.115.102 and dated 5.2.2010 after installation, voila! DELL TOUCHPAD appeared in control panel under Mouse. Had full controls so he could turn it off. I am so happy! I am not too tech savvy, but if there is anything I can help you find in order to help u locate thing, Just ask. I will do my best.
I tried everything suggested here as well.
Did you actually watch the first video posted in this thread ? It included the link that points to the same (Windows 7) driver you mentioned.
The second video also includes a link pointing to the Windows 8 touchpad driver for an inspiron 1545 in case you want to upgrade your system.
This is an interesting little tidbit for those with the Inspiron.
Do you have a "touchpad disable key" to the right of F12?
I'm not sure if this is funny, useless or both, but it is on topic.
By the way, someone here keeps yammering about how his touchpad works fine. That is off topic.
Yes I know - I am the one who is "yammering".
I appreciate any feedback negative or positive - I really mean it.
Thanks for the link - very interesting article
I am thrilled to report that I have successfully disabled that wretched touchpad on my Precision M6400.
I could not get any help from Dell, as this is a second hand machine = no 'service tag'.
I went straight to Synaptics. To Wit:
I downloaded the drivers. Installed the Drivers. Restarted the machine. Opened the Control Panel - Mouse - and behold, the Synaptics TouchPad and TouchStyk are up there in full view, with a big, happy, DISABLE button waiting for me.
I hope all the rest of ya can succeed as well.
No, I did not watch the first video posted in this thread, Micro, as I had no need. My touch pad had already been fixed by the Dell tech, when I posted the reply to Doug. I was explaining to him that I had tried everything suggested that was posted at the forums when I had the problem, and nothing worked. That video was not yet posted when I was looking for an answer to my touchy touch pad.. I was trying to encourage him not to give up! Just because a solution works for one,, or even several.. doesn't neccessatily mean it will work for all... But when a person sees so many getting results from a solution, they tend to wonder if it is something they are doing, not doing... it is frustrating to say the least. I knew I could have used a little encouragement when I had the problem... I was really feeling lame there for a while. Glad my solution got posted here by someone able to explain it better, and hope it helps Doug! Thanks for your comment, Micro, no one likes to be ignored.
I am having similar problems as those above - I can't seem to type a whole line without the cursor jumping somewhere else, even changing the page I'm on.
When I saw the image that Microtest posted I thought that it was sorted - I could easily follow that. Except when I opened up the Device Manager and clicked on the "Mice and other pointing devices" - there was ONLY ONE and "DELL TOUCHPAD" did not show up.
It's as if the computer doesn't register that it has a touchpad.
Getting VERY frustrated - has anyone sorted this out yet??
driver for Windows 8
driver for Windows 7
check under Add/Remove programs if there is an entry for Dell touchpad.If so you may try uninstall the software first and then re-install the appropriate driver