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Left button on touchpad not working properly

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#1 Ashleshy


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 09:58 AM

I have a dell Inspiron 15 Intel (N5010), OS: Win 7 ultimate....The left button/click is not working on the system...It works for sometimes and then stops then starts again for a bit and stops....I just updated its Synaptics pointing device driver, still no avail...Is it a hardware issue? Do I need to replace the entire touchpad? Its completely stopped at the moment 


Everything else, the touchpad/tap, right button is working fine...


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#2 zingo156


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 08:55 AM

To know 100% that it is hardware related, you can create a bootable version of linux something like mint: http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php if you have the same issues in mint you know it is the hardware.


It does sound like a hardware issue to me. Try dusting the buttons out with canned air this sometimes works. If it does not, the replacement buttons are generally very cheap (this is an example I am not 100% certain this will work in yours, it is best to take it apart and use the dell PN on the part) http://www.ebay.com/itm/DELL-Inspiron-N5010-M5010-Touchpad-Mouse-Button-Click-w-Cable-56-17501-601-/360818503072?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5402756da0


If you do not have experience disassembling a computer entirely I recommend taking it in for this job. Also the cheaper solution and fastest would be to go get a wireless usb mouse...


By the way, windows allows you to switch what buttons on the mouse do: you could change the left click to the right click button.

Edited by zingo156, 10 February 2014 - 08:57 AM.

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