09-05-2012 09:05 AM - edited 09-05-2012 09:06 AM
I received an R700-S1332 for work, and while I love the laptop, my employer removed all of the drivers from the computer before giving it to me. This has lead to a very annoying occurance. The Portege's have a little button located just above the trackpad to turn off the trackpad when an external mouse is plugged in. Because my laptop's drivers have been removed, this button no longer functions.
My question is this: can anyone link me to the specific driver needed in order to make this button work again? I have rather large hands and the occasional slip of my palm on the touchpad causes me to make mistakes on a regular basis. Again this is very annoying.
Any help will be appreciated.
09-05-2012 10:07 AM - edited 09-05-2012 10:08 AM
FN+F9 also toggles the TrackPad on/off. I'm not sure which driver controls the switch you discuss--could be the TouchPad driver or TVAP (Toshiba Value Added Package). However, I just found a Utility I've never seen before for your machine called TouchPad On/Off Utility. Sounds promising. Try it. Touchpad ON/Off Utility.
Please let us know if it works.
09-05-2012 11:34 AM
Interesting! On the page under Downloads where I got the link, it didn't specify an OS and I didn't look any further--that will teach me! There isn't one for W7.
Did FN+F9 work for you? You didn't say. I believe you have a Synaptics Touchpad driver and HERE it is. Check your Device Manager and verify that your Touchpad driver is Synaptics and then download and reinstall it.
If that doesn't bring back the switch, try reinstalling TVAP found HERE.
Both are for W7 64 bit; if you have 32 bit, TVAP is different. Come back here and I'll get it for you.
09-05-2012 12:17 PM
Hope this does it for you. HERE is 32 bit TVAP.
If that doesn't do the trick, try a System Reset. Turn off computer. Remove all attachments and battery. Press and hold the Power button for 15 seconds. Attach Power and insert battery. Start computer and tap F2 at the Toshiba splash screen to get in BIOS. Press F9 to setup system defaults. Answer Yes. Press F10 to Save Configuration Changes and Exit. Answer Yes to complete the process. The computer will restart.
After that, we're out of options except a full recovery to out-of-box and I'm sure you wouldn't want to do that to cure such a minor problem.
09-05-2012 12:42 PM
Great news!!! Was it the TVAP or System Reset that did the job?
09-05-2012 01:03 PM - edited 09-05-2012 01:05 PM
BTW, there is another TouchPad control feature to keep in mind for the future that we never got around to talking about. If you are using an external mouse, go to Control Panel/Mouse/Device Settings. Select Synaptics TouchPad in the Devices window and put a check mark in the box labelled "Disable internal pointing device when external USB pointing device is attached". Click Apply and OK.