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I have a new Acer Aspire 1670 laptop which has worked fine for the past few weeks. However, I turned it on this morning (it worked fine last night) to find that my touchpad no longer works.

I don't feel this is a hardware issue in the sense that the touchpad has become unplugged from the internal PS/2 port, because the touchpad works for about 3-4 seconds after I log onto Windows/when the desktop loads up. That's the only time it works, it doesn't even work at the welcome/logon screen.

After those 3-4 seconds, something obviously happens that's preventing it from working.

I thought it might be my Wacom Graphire II graphics tablet, which is plugged in via USB 2. However, my touchpad and tablet have worked fine together for the past few weeks and have never caused any problems.

I unplugged the tablet, and uninstalled the tablet and touchpad drivers. I then rebooted, and - navigating around with the keyboard - reinstalled the touchpad drivers and rebooted. It still won't work.

Any ideas?

 
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Maybe something disables it.. try to enable it by pressing the "Fn" key and "F7".

 
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Maybe something disables it.. try to enable it by pressing the "Fn" key and "F7".

Thank you! I had a similar problem and this solved it! You kick ###. :mrgreen:

 
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Thank you guys,..
I also had a similar problem and did a lot of re-installing of drivers b4 I came across this solution....
I "registered" in this site just to thank you guys for the post!!!!!
Merry Christmas and a Happy new year to everyone.....

 
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Just the answear I was looking for.

Thanks :)

 
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Maybe something disables it.. try to enable it by pressing the "Fn" key and "F7".

GEEZE. It did not say disabled in the control panel for the touchpad. It said enables. I even tried to disable and re-enable it. tried different versions of drivers. The only way I knew it WAS softare was when I was reinstalling the driver for the seconds that it just completed putting the driver on the pad would work. Then freeze again.
Without finding this post I would have never known about that fn+f7 command.
and again, it said enabled in the Synaptics software.
THANKS

 
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Maybe something disables it.. try to enable it by pressing the "Fn" key and "F7".

(I felt compelled enough to regesture to this site to leave a comment)

OMG, THANKS a million!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU. i was sooo dreading having to send my laptop back for repairs. i rolled back drivers, uninstalled reinstalled (with and w/o usb mouse in use) and even eventually reformatted my computer (partly b/c of that and linux problems) and i was about 2 minuts away from opening my computer when i saw FN F7.. THANKS!!!!

 
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Thanks a lot Belama dude! I was about to send my laptop 1st thing in the morning for repair when i got the chance to browse on your bright suggestion! I tried every possible way as well to get the touchpad up and running like reformatting the system drive, reinstalling & updating the driver, changing the synaptics setting, disabling and enabling it on the device manager menu, etc... but nothing worked until i tried your "Fn + F7" idea! It saved me some bucks dude! Thanks a million!

 
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THANK YOU SO MUCH BELAMA! I was going to send in my laptop for repairs

 
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Hey I just registered to say thank you so much. Fn + f7. Doh! Why is it next to the mute button :-/

 
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Thanks for the posts. I'm glad to hear that my old post is helping so many of you.

 
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Well, on my Acer Aspire 3003LMi both the touchpad and the keybourd stopped working a few days ago and now I can only access my computer if I use external USB mouse and keyboard.

I have tried to reinstall everything but problem remains. When starting in safe mode touchpad and mouse works though (and for about 1 second after logging into windows xp (home edition).

 
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This was driving me so bonkers. I ended up formating and reinstalling windows, then when that failed I pulled my laptop to pieces, when that didn't work I put the laptop back together again and took a look at this forum.

:)

And OMG "Fn + F7"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks Belama and also grahambanes for listing.

 
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Just registered to say thank you, thank you and thank you!!!
I thought my touch pad was broken and have not been using it for a year. Now it came back alive!!! Fn + F7, what a simple solution!

 
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THanks so much!

I joined just to say thanks for this. I own an Acer Aspire 5610Z and it seems the fault is with this Acer. I thought F7 was a screen change not the touchpad.

What a nightmare before I found this forum.

Thank you so much. Richard of website http://www.365drills.com

 
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Super! My touchpad stopped working too. Frustrated with this Acer Aspire 3672, I decided to google my problem and Voila! there you are with a suggestion. I tried the Fn F7 and it worked.

I also have a problem with my screen on this computer where I have to tap it and press the front side or back side to get it to show viisble.

I was told it would cost 400.00 to have this fixed. I won't pay for this. I'll keep adjusting it this way.

However, if anyone has advice on this or how I can go into the screen of my laptop and check the cables, etc.


Thank you! I had a similar problem and this solved it! You kick ###. :mrgreen:

 
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hey i found this and tried the fn+f7, but apparently when i pressed the key, my computer just dims, and still my touchpad is not working... can anyone help me?

im getting frustrated...thank you

btw im using presario on vista

 
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hey i found this and tried the fn+f7, but apparently when i pressed the key, my computer just dims, and still my touchpad is not working... can anyone help me?

im getting frustrated...thank you

btw im using presario on vista

My solution was meant for most Acer laptops. I'm not sure about Compaq laptops but there might be a shortcut for this laptop too. Maybe you should flip through your manual and see you can find anything. Or maybe go to Device Manager (Can't find it? click here) and try to find the touch pad in the list, right-click it, select properties and see if you can find any setting that enables/disables the pad.

 
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I have a new Acer Aspire 1670 laptop which has worked fine for the past few weeks. However, I turned it on this morning (it worked fine last night) to find that my touchpad no longer works.

I don't feel this is a hardware issue in the sense that the touchpad has become unplugged from the internal PS/2 port, because the touchpad works for about 3-4 seconds after I log onto Windows/when the desktop loads up. That's the only time it works, it doesn't even work at the welcome/logon screen.

After those 3-4 seconds, something obviously happens that's preventing it from working.

I thought it might be my Wacom Graphire II graphics tablet, which is plugged in via USB 2. However, my touchpad and tablet have worked fine together for the past few weeks and have never caused any problems.

I unplugged the tablet, and uninstalled the tablet and touchpad drivers. I then rebooted, and - navigating around with the keyboard - reinstalled the touchpad drivers and rebooted. It still won't work.

Any ideas?

THanks a million belama!!!!!!was jsut gonnas end it fr service....thx a lot....u amde my day...

 
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hmm, is that what the icon with the finger pointing at a square is for? Thanks for getting my mouse pad back!

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