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Toshiba Touchpad not Working.


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#1 AlexSmithFanning

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 10:16 PM

I have a Toshiba Satellite A60 running Lubuntu 13.10. 1 GB of ram, an Intel Celeron Single Core 2.8 GHz, Platform: i686. The touchpad never worked when I had Windows XP or Lubuntu. So i'm sure it's a hardware problem. But I just want to check and make sure, but i'm not sure how to go about it.

 

   Any help would be greatly appreciated! :scratchhead:   


I prefer Linux. Windows 10 is just to invasive for me.


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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 06:28 PM

I don't know a great deal about Linux in any of its flavours, but are you sure you have drivers for the trackpad ?  Do you have a Lubuntu equivalent of Window's Device Manager and, if you do, does it show any problems ?

 

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 07:03 PM

If it didn't work under windows xp (should have auto installed a generic driver), it could simply be disconnected from the motherboard.

 

Could also be defective.  Did you buy it new or used?



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 10:43 PM

It's not disconnected because I opened up the computer (finally got the last screw out  :smash: ) and everything is connected (although I did find out why the light to the power button never came on) so it has to be a hardware issue? ( Arrr, Crappy A60's )

 

 

   And yes, I love the computer chucking-anything-that-has-to-do-with-anger-at-a-computer emoticons.

 

Unfortunately i'm new to Linux as well, therefore I wouldn't know if it had a device manager. (XP broke on me for an unknown reason, had to wipe the drive for it to show up in the BIOS)  


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:41 PM

Unfortunately I don't know much about Linux myself, but could be driver related.  I'd check toshiba's website to see if there is a specific manufacturer for your touchpad and possibly a model number, and then research them for linux drivers (most likely Alps / Synaptics).

 

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 10:44 AM

I have yet to see a touchpad that did not work in linux right from the start. I have never had to install a driver unless I wanted to use some of the multi gesture scroll features of very new hardware. I suspect the touchpad itself to be the problem. Is there any keys on the keyboard to disable the mouse? Something like a Function key + a F1-F12 key? It may be a hardware button near the touchpad as well. I tried to find some pictures of the computer online but saw nothing high enough resolution to see what the decals were on the function keys...


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 10:47 AM

Check this link out... http://www.manualslib.com/manual/203274/Toshiba-A60-S156.html?page=203

looks like F9 will disable the touchpad (I'm not sure that the disable feature works without a driver).


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 11:26 AM

Some laptops have an enable/disable Internal pointing device in the BIOS settings. 



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 01:57 PM

Short answer: Close lid(screen), remove battery, open lid(screen) and it should work now. Close lid partially to replace battery. If it doesn't work the first time, leave the battery out for 3 minutes, replace and then open lid.

 

Long answer: I was having trouble with my 2001 Mercury Sable air conditioner blend door (stuck on hot air). I had it replaced several times and a dealer even sold me on replacing the computer unit. So several thousand dollars later I decided to replace the blend door myself when it went out again. I bought the door actuator for about $35 and went to the net to find out where to put it and how to do it and I found a tip from someone else with the same problem. He said to remove the negative battery cable for 3 minutes and replace it. Well it worked and I have done it several times since and it keeps fixing the problem.

 

I had been having the touchpad quit on my Toshiba laptop since it was new. I carried a USB mouse with me everywhere just in case. So the next time I lost the touchpad I tried the battery solution and wow! After years of trying every software solution I could find, here was a simple solution. I hope it will work for you too. It sure doesn't cost much and doesn't take much time to try it either.






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