Saturday, October 6, 2012

Laptop Touchpad Left Click Not Working : Tips To Solve

This hardware tutorial will tell the solution to solve the problem of left click not working in a laptop touchpad.It mostly happens when the left click on the touchpad won't work.This might be due to incorrect driver.Most laptop touchpads use a synaptic driver.This problem is common among HP,ASUS,LENOVO,SONY VAIO and COMPAQ laptops.

If it is permanent hardware failure then you are screwed.If it is the case with you then repairing or cleaning the laptop is the only option.But if your laptop is out of warranty and if you don not want to spend much money then you have some options which will be best alternatives for you.

If the laptop touchpad left click has stopped working then try the following solutions.
  • Button Switch : The problem mostly that occurs is of left click however the touchpad and the right click work fine.Therefore we have two things that are perfectly fine one is the touchpad and other one is the right click.So you can switch the buttons,the left click will become right and the right click will become left click.Using this solution is good because right click is rarely used as compared to the left click.So switching the buttons will work.This solution is best suited for conditions in which the left click automatically double clicks when you click only once.To switch the buttons move to control panel>mouse>check switch primary and secondary buttons.

  • USB Mouse : If you are not comfortable with the first solution then try using a USB mouse.USB mouse will work without any problem if the laptop's I/O is not faulty.But the USB cord may become a problem.
  • Wireless USB Mouse : A wireless USB mouse is the best option because it does not have any cord attached with it and it operates on infra red.A microsoft USB wireless mouse is the best option to replace a faulty laptop touch pad.Because it is just like using the touchpad without any wire.
  • Synaptic Touchpad Driver : If you have recently installed new operating system then check that you have properly installed the touchpad driver and driver is downloaded from the manufacturer's website.Check the driver's listing in the device manager it should be present in the list.
VERDICT : In my opinion the "button switch" and the "wireless USB mouse" is the best solution to replace a faulty laptop touchpad.You can't play games while using a laptop touchpad.So it's a best option to buy a wireless USB mouse even if your touchpad is working fines.
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  1. You are not solving the problem, you are just telling a work around.

    I had the same problem. I've had my computer now for several years and all of a sudden the left mouse button and the ability to tap on the touch pad stopped.

    My laptop is out of warranty and before buying a new one, i wanted to see if I could fix this.

    I read hundreds of forums and they all said you are screwed. That you have to send it back. None actually posted a solution.

    I took the entire computer apart and finally found the problem and here's the problem and the solution:

    There are two ribbons that connect to your left mouse button and the tapping ability of the touchpad. The ribbons aren't that long, and with continued handling of the laptop and picking it up by the corner, you cause the laptop to flex, which in turn pulls on the two ribbons. Eventually the two ribbons will pop out of place.

    As a result, the mouse pad can still move around, and the right mouse button will still work, but nothing else.

    Here's the solution:

    1. Take off the cover to the hard drive and memory.

    2. Depending on your computer, under one of the covers you will find the screw that holds the keyboard in. It is usually labeled with a picture of the keyboard.

    3. Unscrew that screw and then open your laptop.

    4. Take a small flat edge, guitar pick, or a credit card and pry the top of your keyboard up to release it from your laptop. The bottom of the keyboard will come unhooked.

    5. There is a ribbon under your keyboard, go ahead and lift the black tab to pull the ribbon out and put the keyboard to the side. This will give you plenty of room for the repair needed.

    6. Towards the bottom you will see two ribbons. These ribbons are the ones that have become disconnected.

    7. Pull the black tab up on both of the ribbon slots, and then insert the ribbons all the way and then push the black tabs back down.

    8. Reinstall the keyboard ribbon in the same way.

    9. Push the keyboard back into position and then flip the computer over and put the screw back in that holds the keyboard.

    10. Screw the covers back on the memory and hard drive and you are done.

    Everything works now perfectly.

    1. Thanks for updating me, but the article I wrote only covers driver related problems not hardware.

      The information you provided is great and valuable. If you can send me the pics of repairing procedure or you can write the article about this problem then this will be a great help for our readers.

      Head over to the contact page if you want, to send the article info.

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