|I just returned an Acer TimelineX 5820T laptop because there was a strange, very irritating problem with the touch-pad. After some random period of time (but at least every couple of minutes) the cursor would freeze, and would only un-freeze if I took my finger off and placed it back on the touch-pad, when it would resume its movement. There were a couple of other irritating things about it, which were somewhat improved (but not completely) by fiddling with the Synaptics settings.|
When returning the machine, I had a quick go on one of the display models (not exactly the same laptop, but the same chassis and, I suspect, the same touch-pad drivers) - and it did EXACTLY THE SAME THING!! When I asked one of the staff in there, he said "It's faulty". I said, yes, but do you think it's a hardware thing, or some problem with the drivers? And he said, "It's faulty - does it look right to you?!" So, not very helpful.
I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this particular problem, and if so what solutions there might be. I've found discussions on the net relating to quite similar issues, and some people suggest that the Vista drivers are better in this respect than the W7 ones. Could anyone corroborate that? And is it a simple matter to install the Vista drivers anyway?
On a related note, but really just by way of having a quick moan: my old laptop (again, Acer, but running XP) used to disable the touchpad automatically when you plugged in an external mouse, which was extremely useful, and which I assumed was a universal thing. But Synaptics seem to have gone backwards in this area, and now you have to fiddle around in settings each time you want to disable the touch-pad. Is it really so complicated to set up drivers for these things that behave... helpfully?!
Thanks in advance...