I downgraded from win7 64bit to XP 32bit and I still saw the same problem. I have only one HD. I have the wide screen, do not have Office, don't know what a bezel is, have 8gb ram. I also have the smart card reader option, as well as bluetooth.
However, I've been using the touchpad for a week continuously now and I have not seen the problem. It seems only to happen when the laptop is very hot, like when I am running many intensive programs, or not in an air conditioned room. Actually, I've only seen it happen when I run RsLogix 5000, which is a hog of a program.
It's not high temperature related.
The second time I got the problem I was outside freezing my butt off.
They are all wide screens, but some are finer resolution than others.
I didn't realize the smart card reader wasn't standard, but I have that too.
I don't think I have ever NOT had the problem if I have depended on the touchpad for any more than an hour worth of use.
This problem has mostly been described in terms of the jumping cursor issue and while I definitely get the jumping cursor once the touchpad goes into its defective state, the bigger issue I see is that a portion of the touchpad becomes unresponsive. I would like to ask if others see this problem.
On my machine, once the touchpad goes flaky, if I drag my finger slowly across the touchpad from right-to-left, there is a dead area directly above the gap between the left and center mouse buttons. The dead area is about 1/4" wide and runs the full height of the pad. As my finger moves across this area the cursor stops tracking, but once I get past this area the cursor tracks perfectly (I can also drag from left to right and see the same dead area).
I use my machine about 12 hours a day, 7 days a week (for software development) and this behavior occurs between 1-2 times per day. I can work for many hours before the problem starts and have not noted any particular trigger that causes it to start. Once the problem begins the behavior is 100% predictable (in terms of the dead area). I get the jumping cursor when in this state which I think is directly related to movement near the dead area of the pad (I think when you touch the pad near boundary of the dead area the cursor can jump left). Rebooting the machine always corrects the problem completely, but then its just a matter of time until the problem occurs again.
This is my second palmrest/touchpad - the first was replaced 3 days into using the laptop due to this problem.
Can anyone else confirm that they have this dead area when your touchpad goes goofy?
Confirmed. Exactly as you say above - except that I don't think that I have used it for any more than about an hour before it starts, and sometimes it starts almost immediately after reboot.
As seen previously I have the same issue. This is my system specifics for help in troubleshooting as supposedly someone is looking into the problem.
Dell Precision M6500 with:
Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Office 2007 (Upgraded to 2010, had problem with both)
Mirrored 320GB Drives
Intel Core i7-720QM Quad Core 1.60GHz 6MB
4.0GB, DDR3-1333 SDRAM, 2 DIMM
Internal Backlit English Keyboard
No Fingerprint Reader
17" UltraSharp WUXGA (1920x1200) RGB LED Display
Integrated megapixel VGA 3.2 webcam with single digital microphone
Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth 2.1
Happens both powered and battery
8X DVD+/-RW slot load
Palmrest without contact-less smart card reader
Dell WLAN 1510 (802.11a/b/g/n 2X3) 1/2 MiniCard
Hope this helps
I've been able to duplicate the issue and found a resoultion you might find useful.
Open MSCONFIG, Disable the Dell Control Point Entries in the Startup group and the Services tab, save and reboot.
NOTE: If you are using any of the Control point Security Manager functions (Fingerprint Reader, Preboot Manager etc) they may be effected
Inspiron E1505 Windows 10 / XPS 10 Windows RT
Dimension 8400 Windows 7/8
Disabling security functions to use your touch pad doesn't sound like a desirable solution for a top end corporate business machine.
I contacted Dell Pro-Support in Sydney Australia today by phone.
I was told that they had no record of this problem on their system.
I was also told that they had no record of any of the previous support claims that I had put in against my service tag via their 'support by email' either. There must be something wrong with their support system - I wonder how many other support claims go missing.
A link to this thread has now been passed to their senior tech for review, and I was told they would get back to me.
After 3 days waiting I finally got this, nothing useful:
Thank you for performing the troubleshooting step requested. I understand that you are having erratic cursor movement even when the Jog Shuttle is disabled. This eliminates the Jog features as the cause of the problem. Next, try disabling the Joystick, to see if it is causing a positioning conflict with the touchpad. You will find the controls under the Mouse applet in the Control Panel. While you're there, try adjusting the sensitivity of the touchpad as well. If the gain is cranked up high, the pad can get false readings.
If you are still experiencing problems, please run the Dell 32 bit diagnostics on this unit:
Full instructions for running the dell diagnostics are available at the following website, I have also included a brief run-through of the instructions in the email for your convenience.
To run the Dell Diagnostics on a
1) Shut the system down so that the power light is off it is not already off.
2) Hold the “Fn” key on the lower left hand corner of the keyboard while pressing and releasing the power button.
3) Continue to hold the “Fn” key until you see “Diagnostic Boot Selected” displayed on the screen, or hear a series of beeps approximately 10 seconds after pressing the power button.
4) Once in the Pre-boot System Assessment, follow the on screen prompts until you are asked to run the remaining memory tests. Select no and press any key to boot into the Utility Partition when prompted.
5) Select the option for "Test System"
6) Once in the GUI (Graphical User Interface) for the Dell Diagnostics, select the touch pad tests from the Custom Tests category.
7) Record any error codes, beep codes, or messages you get during this process, and please relay them to us.
...still waiting for a response from Dell Tech.
And for the record, disabling the joystick doesn't work either. Tried that already.
As for running the inbuilt diagnostics...wouldn't the techs who replaced the touchpads and the whole machine in the other posts above have tried that before they broke out the tool box?
I had the same problem and it used to happen almost every day. Then out of desperation I installed a generic Synaptics device driver (http://www.synaptics.com/support/drivers) rather than the customised Dell Synaptics driver that was installed on the machine. The touchpad does not jump around any more.. (It's been over a week without the problem). Of course this is not a solution.. but this narrows down the problem to the driver itself and not the hardware.
Probably something that the Dell Techs can add to their investigation.