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April 16, 2004 11:13:28 PM

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The latest version doesn't have the option to disable the pointer stick on
the keyboard. SO my work machine I have to stop working about once per
hour while the pointstick does its calibration, I wish they would stop
putting those worthless things on the keyboard.
Anonymous
April 17, 2004 12:08:58 AM

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I'm confused. What makes it calibrate? I admit I have an IBM Thinkpad, but
the pointy stick works fine.

Tom
"Eugene" <nospam@columbus.rr.com> wrote in message
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> The latest version doesn't have the option to disable the pointer stick on
> the keyboard. SO my work machine I have to stop working about once per
> hour while the pointstick does its calibration, I wish they would stop
> putting those worthless things on the keyboard.
>
April 17, 2004 5:05:17 AM

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Tom Scales wrote:

> I'm confused. What makes it calibrate? I admit I have an IBM Thinkpad,
> but the pointy stick works fine.
>
> Tom
> "Eugene" <nospam@columbus.rr.com> wrote in message
> news:sfWfc.27567$B%4.25331@fe2.columbus.rr.com...
>> The latest version doesn't have the option to disable the pointer stick
>> on
>> the keyboard. SO my work machine I have to stop working about once per
>> hour while the pointstick does its calibration, I wish they would stop
>> putting those worthless things on the keyboard.
>>
I don't think I've used/seen a laptop with a point stick that didn't do it.
I was told by IBM and Compaq that the point stick need to calibrate every
so often. I worked for a repair shop so I've seen/used/fixed a lot of
systems. I typically disable them on my own systems but this one issued to
my at my current workplace didn't have the option to disable it and I
downloaded the latest drivers and it still doesn't. Its doing like they
all do, every so often it will kick the mouse to one side of the screen and
hold it there, if you try to move it back with the touchpad or plug in an
external mouse the stick will just keep fighting you and pulling the mouse
to a side of the screen. If I push and hold on the point stick I can try
to force it back but I have to hold the opposite direction constantly.
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Anonymous
April 17, 2004 5:05:18 AM

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I've owned at least a dozen machines, both Toshiba and IBM, with pointing
sticks (which are all based on licensed IBM technology) and NONE have shown
the symptoms you describe. Never. Not once.

Typing this on a stick machine (IBM Thinkpad X31).

Tom
"Eugene" <nospam@columbus.rr.com> wrote in message
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> Tom Scales wrote:
>
> > I'm confused. What makes it calibrate? I admit I have an IBM Thinkpad,
> > but the pointy stick works fine.
> >
> > Tom
> > "Eugene" <nospam@columbus.rr.com> wrote in message
> > news:sfWfc.27567$B%4.25331@fe2.columbus.rr.com...
> >> The latest version doesn't have the option to disable the pointer stick
> >> on
> >> the keyboard. SO my work machine I have to stop working about once per
> >> hour while the pointstick does its calibration, I wish they would stop
> >> putting those worthless things on the keyboard.
> >>
> I don't think I've used/seen a laptop with a point stick that didn't do
it.
> I was told by IBM and Compaq that the point stick need to calibrate every
> so often. I worked for a repair shop so I've seen/used/fixed a lot of
> systems. I typically disable them on my own systems but this one issued
to
> my at my current workplace didn't have the option to disable it and I
> downloaded the latest drivers and it still doesn't. Its doing like they
> all do, every so often it will kick the mouse to one side of the screen
and
> hold it there, if you try to move it back with the touchpad or plug in an
> external mouse the stick will just keep fighting you and pulling the mouse
> to a side of the screen. If I push and hold on the point stick I can try
> to force it back but I have to hold the opposite direction constantly.
>
April 17, 2004 5:47:15 AM

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Tom Scales wrote:

> I've owned at least a dozen machines, both Toshiba and IBM, with pointing
> sticks (which are all based on licensed IBM technology) and NONE have
> shown
> the symptoms you describe. Never. Not once.
>
> Typing this on a stick machine (IBM Thinkpad X31).
>
I was told by both IBM and compaq that the pointer moving off to one side
was normal. I've used/repaired hundreds, was service authorized on all
thinkpads, Armadas, and Omnibooks, as well as worked on laptops by Toshiba,
Digital, etc. Every one that I worked with for long enough with the point
stick would eventually do it.
But the point is I can't find a way to disable the stick on this laptop and
have to keep stopping and waiting on it, got a pointer to the drivers?
Anonymous
April 19, 2004 11:31:35 PM

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trackpoints/pointersticks are know to have drift when they are defective or
when there is some dirt stuck in them. remove the cap and try to clean it
out. otherwise replace the keyboard/pointerstick (about $30 for most dell
models). it is unclear what model you are talking about, but most have an
option in the bios that allow you to disable the internal
touchpad/pointerstick when an external mouse is connected. check that out
as an alternate solution to replaceing the keyboard/pointerstick.

"Eugene" <nospam@columbus.rr.com> wrote in message
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> Tom Scales wrote:
>
> > I've owned at least a dozen machines, both Toshiba and IBM, with
pointing
> > sticks (which are all based on licensed IBM technology) and NONE have
> > shown
> > the symptoms you describe. Never. Not once.
> >
> > Typing this on a stick machine (IBM Thinkpad X31).
> >
> I was told by both IBM and compaq that the pointer moving off to one side
> was normal. I've used/repaired hundreds, was service authorized on all
> thinkpads, Armadas, and Omnibooks, as well as worked on laptops by
Toshiba,
> Digital, etc. Every one that I worked with for long enough with the point
> stick would eventually do it.
> But the point is I can't find a way to disable the stick on this laptop
and
> have to keep stopping and waiting on it, got a pointer to the drivers?
>
April 20, 2004 2:43:26 AM

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Christopher Muto wrote:

> trackpoints/pointersticks are know to have drift when they are defective
> or
> when there is some dirt stuck in them. remove the cap and try to clean it
> out. otherwise replace the keyboard/pointerstick (about $30 for most dell
> models). it is unclear what model you are talking about, but most have an
> option in the bios that allow you to disable the internal
> touchpad/pointerstick when an external mouse is connected. check that out
> as an alternate solution to replaceing the keyboard/pointerstick.
>
Company assigned machine so I don't have th option to replace the keyboard.
I cleaned everything out as best as I can and I'm not using an external
mouse as my couch has no mousepad :)  I need to be able to disable the
stick and not the pad which is what they synaptics drivers used to do. My
last couple personal laptops had the either / or option so I could disable
the stick and just use the pad but I don't know why synaptics did away with
the option.
Anonymous
April 20, 2004 4:58:53 AM

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again you fail to mention the model that you are talking about.... some
have a connector that can be disconnected. since you choose not to provide
any specifics neither can i... go to support.dell.com you can look up the
service manual for you unit and learn how to break down the system and
disconnect the cable if possible. or just spend $30 of your own money and
replace the keyboard and its defective pointerstick in your company owned
machine. good luck.

"Eugene" <nospam@columbus.rr.com> wrote in message
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> Christopher Muto wrote:
>
> > trackpoints/pointersticks are know to have drift when they are defective
> > or
> > when there is some dirt stuck in them. remove the cap and try to clean
it
> > out. otherwise replace the keyboard/pointerstick (about $30 for most
dell
> > models). it is unclear what model you are talking about, but most have
an
> > option in the bios that allow you to disable the internal
> > touchpad/pointerstick when an external mouse is connected. check that
out
> > as an alternate solution to replaceing the keyboard/pointerstick.
> >
> Company assigned machine so I don't have th option to replace the
keyboard.
> I cleaned everything out as best as I can and I'm not using an external
> mouse as my couch has no mousepad :)  I need to be able to disable the
> stick and not the pad which is what they synaptics drivers used to do. My
> last couple personal laptops had the either / or option so I could disable
> the stick and just use the pad but I don't know why synaptics did away
with
> the option.
>
>
>
April 20, 2004 5:25:42 AM

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Christopher Muto wrote:

> again you fail to mention the model that you are talking about.... some
> have a connector that can be disconnected. since you choose not to
> provide
> any specifics neither can i... go to support.dell.com you can look up the
> service manual for you unit and learn how to break down the system and
> disconnect the cable if possible. or just spend $30 of your own money and
> replace the keyboard and its defective pointerstick in your company owned
> machine. good luck.
>
> "Eugene" <nospam@columbus.rr.com> wrote in message
> news:iCYgc.39795$B%4.9400@fe2.columbus.rr.com...
>> Christopher Muto wrote:
>>
>> > trackpoints/pointersticks are know to have drift when they are
>> > defective or
>> > when there is some dirt stuck in them. remove the cap and try to clean
> it
>> > out. otherwise replace the keyboard/pointerstick (about $30 for most
> dell
>> > models). it is unclear what model you are talking about, but most have
> an
>> > option in the bios that allow you to disable the internal
>> > touchpad/pointerstick when an external mouse is connected. check that
> out
>> > as an alternate solution to replaceing the keyboard/pointerstick.
>> >
>> Company assigned machine so I don't have th option to replace the
> keyboard.
>> I cleaned everything out as best as I can and I'm not using an external
>> mouse as my couch has no mousepad :)  I need to be able to disable the
>> stick and not the pad which is what they synaptics drivers used to do.
>> My last couple personal laptops had the either / or option so I could
>> disable the stick and just use the pad but I don't know why synaptics did
>> away
> with
>> the option.
>>
>>
>>
Hmm, guess I could do that, they usually are a seperate cable arn't they.
Its a C500/600 Latitude. I'll bet that panel above the keyboard pops off.
Anonymous
April 20, 2004 7:20:07 AM

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the panel above teh keyboard is removable but it is not necessary to remove
it to gain access to the keyboard and its connectors. read the service
manual.

"Eugene" <nospam@columbus.rr.com> wrote in message
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> Christopher Muto wrote:
>
> > again you fail to mention the model that you are talking about.... some
> > have a connector that can be disconnected. since you choose not to
> > provide
> > any specifics neither can i... go to support.dell.com you can look up
the
> > service manual for you unit and learn how to break down the system and
> > disconnect the cable if possible. or just spend $30 of your own money
and
> > replace the keyboard and its defective pointerstick in your company
owned
> > machine. good luck.
> >
> > "Eugene" <nospam@columbus.rr.com> wrote in message
> > news:iCYgc.39795$B%4.9400@fe2.columbus.rr.com...
> >> Christopher Muto wrote:
> >>
> >> > trackpoints/pointersticks are know to have drift when they are
> >> > defective or
> >> > when there is some dirt stuck in them. remove the cap and try to
clean
> > it
> >> > out. otherwise replace the keyboard/pointerstick (about $30 for most
> > dell
> >> > models). it is unclear what model you are talking about, but most
have
> > an
> >> > option in the bios that allow you to disable the internal
> >> > touchpad/pointerstick when an external mouse is connected. check
that
> > out
> >> > as an alternate solution to replaceing the keyboard/pointerstick.
> >> >
> >> Company assigned machine so I don't have th option to replace the
> > keyboard.
> >> I cleaned everything out as best as I can and I'm not using an external
> >> mouse as my couch has no mousepad :)  I need to be able to disable the
> >> stick and not the pad which is what they synaptics drivers used to do.
> >> My last couple personal laptops had the either / or option so I could
> >> disable the stick and just use the pad but I don't know why synaptics
did
> >> away
> > with
> >> the option.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> Hmm, guess I could do that, they usually are a seperate cable arn't they.
> Its a C500/600 Latitude. I'll bet that panel above the keyboard pops off.
>
>
Anonymous
April 21, 2004 3:15:54 AM

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> > "Eugene" <nospam@columbus.rr.com> wrote:
> >> ...(snipped)...
> >> I need to be able to disable the stick and not the pad which
> >> is what they synaptics drivers used to do. My last couple
> >> personal laptops had the either / or option so I could
> >> disable the stick and just use the pad but I don't know
> >> why synaptics did away with the option.
> >>
> Christopher Muto wrote:
> > again you fail to mention the model that you are talking about....
> > some have a connector that can be disconnected. since you
> > choose not to provide any specifics neither can i... go to
> > support.dell.com you can look up the service manual for you
> > unit and learn how to break down the system and disconnect
> > the cable if possible.
> >
"Eugene" <nospam@columbus.rr.com> wrote:
> Hmm, guess I could do that, they usually are a seperate cable
> arn't they. Its a C500/600 Latitude. I'll bet that panel above
> the keyboard pops off.

Okay, I'm lost. The Synaptics drivers on my Dells, including two C600's, allow
me to enable/disable the stick and/or touchpad individually through software.
These drivers are still available on the Dell site, as well as previous
versions going back several years. What am I missing in Eugene's inquiry?
Anonymous
April 21, 2004 3:15:55 AM

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http://support.dell.com/FileLib/PreviousVersions.aspx?c...
What's the problem? Drivers back 7 versions are available for the C500.

"Dg1261" <dg1261@cs.comnojunk> wrote in message
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>
> > > "Eugene" <nospam@columbus.rr.com> wrote:
> > >> ...(snipped)...
> > >> I need to be able to disable the stick and not the pad which
> > >> is what they synaptics drivers used to do. My last couple
> > >> personal laptops had the either / or option so I could
> > >> disable the stick and just use the pad but I don't know
> > >> why synaptics did away with the option.
> > >>
> > Christopher Muto wrote:
> > > again you fail to mention the model that you are talking about....
> > > some have a connector that can be disconnected. since you
> > > choose not to provide any specifics neither can i... go to
> > > support.dell.com you can look up the service manual for you
> > > unit and learn how to break down the system and disconnect
> > > the cable if possible.
> > >
> "Eugene" <nospam@columbus.rr.com> wrote:
> > Hmm, guess I could do that, they usually are a seperate cable
> > arn't they. Its a C500/600 Latitude. I'll bet that panel above
> > the keyboard pops off.
>
> Okay, I'm lost. The Synaptics drivers on my Dells, including two C600's,
allow
> me to enable/disable the stick and/or touchpad individually through
software.
> These drivers are still available on the Dell site, as well as previous
> versions going back several years. What am I missing in Eugene's inquiry?
>
>
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