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Judas Iscariot
May 15th, 2015, 3:30 PM
Have an HP laptop. Every now and then the mousepad inexplicably stops working. Doesn't move at all. I know it's not because it's turned off, it just decides, "Hey, I'm tired and don't feel like moving around right now."

Needless to say it's driving me bonkers. Any tips? Should I smash it with a hammer? Will that teach it a lesson? I have a hammer next to me right now.

The_Mike
May 15th, 2015, 4:39 PM
Double-click the top left of the mousepad with your index finger.

Judas Iscariot
May 15th, 2015, 4:49 PM
Yeah its not that. It just randomly decides to fuck off sometimes.

The Rogerer
May 15th, 2015, 5:45 PM
That's not a mouse.

I guess it would be working out if it's hardware or software. A lot of problems end up being common to that particular model. Try googling your model number specifically.

Judas Iscariot
May 15th, 2015, 6:11 PM
Whatever it's the same thing.

I was on the HP support forums and it seems common and the people supposed to answer questions give one suggestion and then fuck off when people say it didn't help.

The_Mike
May 15th, 2015, 6:33 PM
Yeah its not that. It just randomly decides to fuck off sometimes.

Are you 100% sure it's not that? It's a common issue with HP laptops that people accidentally switch it off because for some reason HP thought it would be a good idea to have touching the pad itself be the way you turn it off. To the unwitting user it seems precisely as if it just randomly decides to fuck off sometimes.

If it's not the trackpad accidentally being disabled, then it might be a driver issue. Googling your model number like Rogerer mentioned would be a good idea.

Judas Iscariot
May 15th, 2015, 6:37 PM
1000% sure it's not that because it bewildered me when that first happened so I know all about it.

I'll Google it. It probably is a random driver issue. My GF has the same issue and has the same laptop.

Most if the time it starts working again by itself after a few minutes, but sometimes it doesn't and I want to smash it with a hammer.

Will the hammer help? I still have it nearby.

The_Mike
May 15th, 2015, 9:53 PM
Only if it's a left-handed hammer. If it's going in and out my guess is there's a driver or some kind of software suite responsible for it that is crashing and Windows can sometimes restart it. Happens all the friggin' time with printers, which has been the case since about 1998.

LOCONUT
May 15th, 2015, 10:10 PM
Ctrl + Alt + Delete should fix

LOCONUT
May 15th, 2015, 10:15 PM
Hard Reset:
Sometimes all you need to do is kick the computer. This method works for a variety of connection and ‘stuck’, hung, and stubborn program issues.
Disconnect all external devices first.
Remove AC power and the battery
Press and hold power button for at least 30 seconds
Reinstall only AC power for first startup ** See Note
Power on - Log in
Next time you shut down the system, reinstall battery.
** Note: You can ignore the bit about leaving the battery out. If you like, reinstall battery the first time and be done with it.

MikeHunt
May 16th, 2015, 3:35 AM
Do you randomly stop moving your finger?

MikeHunt
May 16th, 2015, 3:36 AM
Are your porkies covered in grease?

virmicious
May 16th, 2015, 8:57 AM
I was gonna say grease or semen. Probably both.

darkhorse
May 16th, 2015, 9:26 PM
Get a USB mouse. I got a wireless one today from Walmart for $10.

turdpower
May 17th, 2015, 5:37 PM
Despite people using laptops constantly they are not meant to be used as often as PC, they are a portable device to be used now and then. Most people never turn their laptop off and shut the lid to "turn it off". Shit goes wrong on them for most of these reasons.

As most people have said - use a USB mouse, no idea why you'd choose to use the pad anyway.

virmicious
May 17th, 2015, 6:11 PM
Do they make a grease resistant USB mouse? If so I will get judas one.

The Rogerer
May 18th, 2015, 10:33 AM
Despite people using laptops constantly they are not meant to be used as often as PC, they are a portable device to be used now and then. Most people never turn their laptop off and shut the lid to "turn it off". Shit goes wrong on them for most of these reasons.Thanks for that tip from 1997


As most people have said - use a USB mouse, no idea why you'd choose to use the pad anyway.Thanks for that tip from 1997

The_Mike
May 18th, 2015, 10:37 AM
Remember to not leave your floppies on top of the machine or they might be wiped.

turdpower
May 18th, 2015, 1:46 PM
Thanks for that tip from 1997

Thanks for that tip from 1997

Both still really relevant.

Thanks for your sarcasm from the 1990's. Not.

The Rogerer
May 18th, 2015, 2:10 PM
Laptop's going to sleep now son, it's tired

turdpower
May 18th, 2015, 2:20 PM
I'll stab you. X

cbac
July 11th, 2015, 1:40 AM
crush de mouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111