Posted 04 October 2011 - 05:13 PM
Dell Inspiron 1545
Windows Vista Basic 32 bit
I've been having problems with the touchpad on my Dell Inspiron off and on for about a month now. Occasionally on startup it just doesn't work- the left and right "mouse" buttons do (please forgive my complete lack of knowledge when it comes to the proper terminology, I really don't know much about computer bits in general) but the touchpad itself doesn't register any movement. In the past I've tried updating drivers (though Windows tells me they are all up to date) and it never seemed to work anyway. The only thing that ever got my touchpad back up and running was restarting the whole system.
So, this problem cropped up again last night and I restarted the computer, twice, to no luck. I tried again this morning and still nothing. I went to the device manager in the control panel with the intention of, well I don't know what really, but it was NOT my intention to delete the touchpad from my devices, which I DID do accidentally. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get it back- and I need it because it's really spoiling the convenience of a laptop when I need to plug in my USB mouse all the time.
I went to Dell and tried downloading the drivers again, hoping it would make the device reappear. I was going to do a system restore, but the earliest point I seem to be able to go back to is AFTER deleting the touchpad. I have a backup OS disc and a backup Dell drivers & utilities disk that came with the computer if worst comes to worst, but I desperately want to avoid having to wipe the computer and begin again just to get this touchpad back.
Sorry for the long explanation, I wanted to be thorough. If anyone knows a solution, I'm pretty desperate- I would be completely grateful.