I managed to fix my laptop's non-working touchpad about an hour ago. Started at half 12, finished at quarter to 2. I'll give you the backstory as to why I think this is my life accomplishment.
About 1-2 months ago, I had installed something onto my computer that completely wiped the hard drive. No Windows 8 logo, no bott manager, nothing. I took it down to my local computer shop and left it with them. We popped back in about 3 days after and they said that they could do nothing about it, that it was a pile of garbage.
When me and my dad bought it home, I started it up. I heard a disc whirling in the tray, so I opened it up, There was a Windows 7 install disc. Now because my laptop originally came with Windows 8, it was on UEFI mode. Maybe that's why they couldn't install Windows 7. So I turned UEFI to Legacy, and ran the installer. Went through all the steps, formatted the drive and installed. Half an hour later, it was installed all nice and ready to use. I installed the proper drivers from another PC and I could do anything on it now.
I used an external mouse for this because I had gone off the touchpad for a couple of months before that, so I never thought to use it. The only way I discovered that it didn't work was when my wireless mouse ran out of juice. I moved the touchpad and nothing. So, we took it back to the computer shop. I showed them that I fixed it, and what I did. They didn't seem very impressed, and they said "We did most of the work, you were on a lucky roll". I then told them that the touchpad didn't work. They said "We didn't disconnect the mouse because we didn't need to go near that". That's a whole pile of lies there, because to get to the hard drive (which they tried to reformat at the first go) is underneath the palm rest. So, we went home and I used the wireless mouse until tonight.
I got a thought into my head that I wanted to fix something, and my laptop was the only thing I could think of. I followed a tutorial on how to take off the palm rest and followed the steps. I had to get my dad to help undo a couple of stubborn screws but I did 90% of it.
Once I put it back together, I crossed my fingers and turned it on. It turned on, which was a good sign. Then came the login screen: would the touchpad work? I moved it... and it worked! It turns out that the wire for the touchpad was loose, so much for them 'Not touching it'!
So yeah, I'm happy now. I have another PC that needs more RAM and a processor upgrade, so that's my next task. =)
Thanks for reading this monster of a post and hopefully you don't think of me as a gloater (if that word exists).
- GamingHaste (or Ryan for short)