Windows Thread, dell latitude 2100 webbooks - disable track pad in Technical; we have a student here that has special needs and has a dell latitude 2100 webbook.
We need a way ...
14th October 2010, 11:16 AM #1
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dell latitude 2100 webbooks - disable track pad
we have a student here that has special needs and has a dell latitude 2100 webbook.
We need a way to turn off the track pad, cos it keeps interfering with his special software.
The only way i've seen is to use a dell utility that disables. Issue is that when a restricted user logs in the icon doesn't appear next to time. This icon allows and disallows the the pad.
So either i need a way to make this icon appear for all users or a another way to turn it off. I've looked in bios. couldn't see anythink there. Have tried various things in device man also.
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14th October 2010, 11:19 AM #2
Can you set it to the default user profile on the machine? Login as a local admin account and make the change, log out and overwrite the default user profile in docs and settings with the local admin profile.
14th October 2010, 11:24 AM #3
Is there a Fn + Function key to toggle the trackpad on and off?
14th October 2010, 01:11 PM #4
Does it need to be off all the time while this student is using it, or perhaps only while typing? This might help if it's just while typing: Touchpad Blocker - software to automatically lock/disable touch pad while typing on notebook keyboard (credit to DaveP on this thread)
15th October 2010, 03:39 PM #5
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I'll try some of the above suggestions.
15th October 2010, 03:56 PM #6
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A Latitude D630 has a pointingstick, and it can be disabled with a registry key.
Maybe you could make a snapshot before and after you disable the pad with the Dell software and build a script which does disable/enable the pad.
The pointingstick registry key is:
This setting does disable the stick.
17th October 2010, 12:55 PM #7
I will have a look when I get to work as we have some exactly the same.
However, what I have done for disabling other items (such as the toushcreen and webcam) is use DevCon from Microsoft and I'm sure you'll be able to do this for the pointing stick.
I posted my script/explanation on the below thread:
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17th October 2010, 01:10 PM #8
I've just remembered that Group Policy Preferences can disable devices on a per-user basis (see below for an example). I've not actually tried it per-user so you might have to experiment a bit and see if it re-enables properly for other users, but it would seem like an ideal solution.
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