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Turn off Dell Touchpad and related drivers


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#1 Artemisia

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 09:07 AM

I have a Dell Inspiron laptop using Windows 7. I've disabled the touchpad (I hate it!) through the Dell driver (Alps) program installed with the computer.
The only thing is I don't want those drivers to load so the touchpad can be disabled. I just want it off without any extra drivers running in the background.
I tried removing the touchpad driver in startup but then the touchpad starts working again because the driver isn't loaded to tell it to turn off.

How do I simply disable the touchpad and all related drivers so the darn thing doesn't run at all? I can't stand the touchpad but love the mobility of a laptop.

Thank you.
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#2 Neil B.

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 09:14 AM

This should help:

http://www.killertechtips.com/2009/04/30/d...-touchpad-dell/

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 01:17 PM

I hate the touchpad as well but I recommend that you choose the option that only disables the touchpad when another mouse is attached. That way if you ever need to operate your laptop without the mouse you will be able to use the touchpad. The only bad thing about that option is that when you boot the laptop you get an annoying message telling you that the touchpad has been disabled.
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#4 Artemisia

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 03:47 PM

Thanks guys but I've tried that already. It does work but my problem is that the drivers for the touchpad keep loading.

For example, my Task Manager shows these processes running for the touchpad even though I have it off:
hidfind.exe
Apoint.exe
ApntEx.exe

I don't want these processes to load so the touchpad can be disabled. I want the entire touchpad disabled without extra drivers running on the system. If I try to end any of these processes the touchpad turns itself back on.
So confused.

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 03:53 PM

You shouldn't have to uninstall the driver. You should be able to disable it in the control panel under the mouse proporties.

But if you insist... you will have to uninstall the driver through add/remove programs in the control panel.

Edited by Neil B., 24 July 2010 - 03:54 PM.


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Posted 24 July 2010 - 03:58 PM

Have you tried simply disabling the touchpad...in the BIOS?

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