How do i enable scrolling on touchpad

March 7, 2012 at 22:13:42
Specs: Windows xp
I reinstalled windows xp on my laptop its a dell b130 i downloaded the driver from synaptic when i press the two buttons below my touchpad it doesn't scroll anymore

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March 8, 2012 at 04:39:33
Have you downloaded any touchpad-associated software from the Dell site? They may have adapted the Synaptics driver themselves.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd

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March 8, 2012 at 08:14:46
there is a driver for synaptics on dell website but when i try to download it says it has not passed a test for windows logo

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March 8, 2012 at 08:49:53
the instructions on their site (dell), for installing the driver, may say to continue anyway or in other words ignore the warning.


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March 8, 2012 at 09:29:16
Yes, as Larry says, you can ignore the 'passed a test' warning - Microsoft only tests/passes a very small number of drivers, simply because so many are produced. As long as you download from a legitimate site, like Dell, then it will be fine. Synaptics only produce basic drivers and these are often adapted by the manufacturers to make use of extra facilities, like your scrolling action.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd

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March 8, 2012 at 10:01:05
the instructions don't say anything about it

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March 8, 2012 at 10:27:33
install failed

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March 8, 2012 at 16:15:53
i reinstalled because my laptop was freezing and i did it trough the reinstallation disk but when i try to install it says install failed when i reinstalled windows xp it was on E:/ i tried to reinstall it on C:/ but it gave me a warning about hardware being on it so i didn't know if i should touch it do i delete partitions?

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March 8, 2012 at 19:39:38
Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.

Seagate's Seatools will test (almost) any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.

The bootable Dos versions of SeaTools can be used even if Windows is not working properly.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.

You managed to make a minor problem into a major one.

For 2000 or XP, you CANNOT change the drive letter assigned to the partition Windows itself is installed on (or if there is more than one Windows installation, the drive letter of the partition Windows is running from) but you can change other drive letter assignments, in Disk Management.

If Setup detects that there is (are) one or more existing hard drive partitions that have already been assigned drive letters, it DOES NOT use C if C is already being used for the partition Windows itself is installed on - it uses the first available drive letter alphabetically for that partition.
In your case, E was the first available drive letter.
Does your hard drive have two partitions on it now - C and E, D is assigned to the DVD drive, - or three - C, D and E , F is assigned to the DVD drive ?
Look in Disk Management.

(The original software installation on brand name systems usually has two partitions on the hard drive - one that takes up most of the drive, seen as C in Windows, and a small one which may or may not be assigned the D drive letter in Windows.)

The only way you can get Setup to assign C to the partition Windows itself is installed on now is to boot the computer from the XP CD and DELETE the partitions that were assigned C and E, make a new partition in the same space, BEFORE you continue on to run Setup.

Or - if you don't care that Windows is running from E, you could continue on, but you'll need to remember that's the drive letter it's running from. However, if you installed Windows on the space of the second original partition on the hard drive, it's probably too small to install much of anything else on.

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March 8, 2012 at 20:24:56
i installed windows xp again but everything is large how so i get the screen back to normal?

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March 8, 2012 at 20:39:23
XP doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after XP was first released, circa 2001, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that.

Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

If you used a Dell labeled XP Home or Pro Re-installation CD or similar, it's used the same way as a regular Microsoft XP CD - it DOES NOT have any extra drivers built into it for your specific model.

You must go to the Dell site and download the drivers for your specific model and install them !
OR - if your computer came with a Dell CD with the drivers on it, install them from that !

RIGHT click on a blank part of the main desktop screen, select Properties, then the Settings tab - see if you can set the Resolution to a higher setting - you may not be able to.

In most cases, the monitor drivers for the built in display on laptops are embedded in the video drivers you get from the brand name's web site (if they're not they are listed in the downloads for your model) - your display will probably NOT be normal until AFTER you have installed Dell's video drivers for your model.

XP comes with IE 6, but IE 6 doesn't work properly with a lot of web pages on the internet anymore.
You need to install a newer browser version - I recommend IE 8 - even if you don't use IE, install a newer version of it. (You must use IE if you want to be able to use Microsoft's Windows Update web page.)

You can access some web sites okay (but they may have display problems) in IE 6 - e.g. Microsoft (IE 8) , Dell, Adobe (Flash player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Shockwave player) , Intel .

You need to install the Windows SP3 updates if your installation CD does not have them embedded in Windows.
RIGHT click on My Computer, select Properties. On the right side, if it says -
- Windows XP Home or Pro SP1 or SP2, you need to install the SP3 updates
- Windows XP Home or Pro with no SP updates mentioned, you need to install SP1 updates, then SP3 updates.

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