Replacing laptop touchpad cable...

Acer Aspire
December 27, 2007 at 09:24:29
Specs: XP Pro, 512 MB

We have a 1 yr old Acer laptop; everything has been working fine up until about a month ago; I was having an occasional problem with the 'Left Click' box or portion of the pad; sometimes I'd have to push, push, and push in order to get it to work. Over the weeks it has gotten worse. I went into my Control Panel/Admin Tools and checked the Synaptics Pointing Devices and it shows this is working properly. There was no Driver Update available. I went into the Synaptics Device Properties and changed the settings from Right-handed to left-handed controls; From that point on -I'm able to easily do the precious Left Click, but on the Right side of the pad. So now the left side(the Copy/Paste, etc) stuff isn't responding; so this tells me the pad itself is faulty.
I searched the Acer website and found no product parts/services; I Googled Acer Notebook touchpad and located what appears to be a fairly common item: touchpad cable- priced at $39.95. There was a picture associated with it. I saved it as a Jpeg, but am unable to get it included with this e-mail. But it looks pretty much like a typical computer type cable bundle, but only smaller.
My question is: is this something that I can just unplug the old one and simply plug the new one in its place? Or it there some caveat down inside I'm not aware of. I haven't ever taken the casing or cover off the laptop, but I'm guessing its not rocket science. Has anyone ever replaced this cable and did it resolve the Left Click problem on the touchpad? thanks

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December 27, 2007 at 10:40:10

The caveat is that laptops are tightly assembled by robots at the factory. If you as human disassemble it you will have an awful time (and sleepless nights too) trying to fit all parts back together again. Why not just get USB mouse as a substitute or let Acer authorized service center take care of it?


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December 27, 2007 at 11:29:23

Depending on your model number, here is a place to look for free schematics:

I replace a keyboard on a Dell Inspiron and saved $85 labour. If you follow directions you should be able to replace the cable yourself without too many problems

Some HELP in posting on Cnet plus free progs and instructions Glad to Help!

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December 27, 2007 at 12:03:56

Thanks XP Users and 4Real for getting back to me. I am currently using an optical mouse, but it is very foreign to me- having been using the touchpad for a whole year. I did think of taking it to a shop, but then I used to always take my big Dodge to a shop to get brakes done; and it always cost me alot- until I got a manual and found it was easier to do than changing oil; I want my touchpad features back and enjoy taking my time tinkering with things; so if I can locate a schematic and follow the pics and directions, I rather attempt it- learn something and save money at the same time. Thanks 4Real for the link; I'll search through it- after I get a bandage for the blister on my palm from this scroll-wheel mouse.

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December 27, 2007 at 12:07:25

You are welcome! Good Luck with that and have a great New Year!

Some HELP in posting on Cnet plus free progs and instructions Glad to Help!

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December 27, 2007 at 22:58:44

... ya done a few in the past, best if you take a peek @ this I found on quick google

I think you'll find that it's a push -in slot.... you'll have to push the plastic towards the flat cable to release it, use a screw driver and earth your self.

wat do I know?
... got brain freeze

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