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Problem with the clicker on my laptop


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#1 bigbrown411

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 03:11 PM

Today when I woke up, the left click on my laptop was non-functional. I could click it, but nothing would happen. I tried dragging my mouse across my screen to create a box, nothing happened. I tried opening files, nothing happened. I've had issued with the left clicker on my laptop. It would always get stuck from dust and stuff getting under the clicker. But this has never happened. It's completely non-functional. It was working fine yesterday. What can I do. I don't think it's broken. I've had this laptop for less than 2 years. It's an ASUS by the way.



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#2 cryptodan

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 03:12 PM

Can you try it in safe mode via hitting F8 just post screen?

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 06:10 PM

Does the right-click function still operate normally? If it does, try going into the mouse settings in Control Panel and swapping the right and left click actions (left-handed) - if the left click then works from the right button, but the left button won't operate the right-click function, the switch itself has gone faulty.


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#4 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 07:04 PM

As a workaround you could always plug a mouse in and see if that gives you left and right clicks - if it does, it is almost certainly the left switch on the trackpad.

 

You say you have had a history of dust and fluff getting under the left hand button, maybe this time you have something more substantial in there. If you are using the laptop in a dusty environment it's probably time anyway to give it as good a cleanout as you can. If you switch it off, turn it over and remove the battery ( as a safety precaution ) you can then remove the one or two covers on the base and get at the fan and air vents. A soft brush and either a can of compressed air or a gentle application of a vacumn cleaner will probably clean out a lot of dirt - you might even free uup your left button.

 

Unless you feel fully comfortable with the idea, I wouldn't recommend dismantling the laptop to change the trackpad assembly - they contain some very easily damaged connectors. There are some very discreet wireless mice on the market if the problem persists.

 

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