When I sat down at my creaky old XP machine this morning, I discovered that the scrolling feature on the touchpad no longer worked. Previously, I could drag my finger along the left edge of the touchpad to scroll a window, All of the rest of the touchpad functions are working.
I opened the Control Panel and then the Mouse applet. I got the message in the title:
Unable to connect to Synaptics Pointing Device Driver
The actual pop-up is in the attached screen shot.
I think the Synaptics applet that runs in the background somehow got disabled.
Can anyone help me get it reenabled?