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  Topic : [Problem]touchpad is too sensitive, "buttons" to rigid? New Topic
Elton
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Posted:2/13/2009 6:26:00 AM # 1
I don't have very large hands. Yet I find that very often, just moving my finger across the touchpad, it starts copying and creating copies of files here and there!! FORTUNATELY the default action is 'copy' and not 'move' otherwise I'd have a real mess here.  >-(

I find that going into the settings items, and reducing sensitivity to extremely low (from the default) seems to help, but not very much.

OTH, clicking on the right or left buttons requires some force, and results in a pretty sore thumb! :-(  My workaround is to use an external mouse, but this means that you need a surface for 'mousing around' and this tends to defeat the ease of using the machine on your lap, knees, or other surface that does not provide sufficient space for a mouse.

IMHO, using an external trackball, would be 'overkill'. I have to give Asus negative points for this "flaw" in the hardware design (compared to the much softer touch of the "button" on the touchpad of my Apple Mac powerbook).

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Posted:2/14/2009 9:50:00 AM # 2
Touchpads are evil!  But compared to other notebook pointer control options, they are less evil.  Fortunately this is not my main computer -- just an auxiliary.  So I put up with it.  In the past, faced with the pencil eraser in the middle of the keyboard and the built-in trackball, I've opted to carry a mouse along. 

As for the buttons... I kind of like the fact that they don't press themselves.  My thumb is able to click them while my finger does the dragging, etc. on the touchpad.  I guess it's a matter of expectations.  I didn't expect more than what I paid for.

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jdoyle
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Posted:2/14/2009 12:37:00 PM # 3
Use a wireless travel mouse.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826169017

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Elton
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Posted:2/15/2009 4:33:00 AM # 4
Thanks for the suggestion. I had actually already acquired a USB wireless mouse here in Montreal. It was purchased from Maxi & Cie (a large supermarket chain) for about CAD #9.00. The nice feature of this  mouse is that the USB key fits within the body of the mouse itself, and acts as a switch to turn off the batteries when the mouse is not connected to the computer.

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Posted:3/5/2009 11:48:00 AM # 5
At the begining I was also annoyed by the over sensitive touchpad. But after I uninstall the touchpad application from Control panel > Add/Remove Programs, the touch pad is much better now! I think it's the software issue not the hardware. Still not a very great touchpad though. I hope this helps.

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Posted:3/5/2009 12:02:00 PM # 6

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Author: Adhikari Posted: 3/5/2009 11:48:00 AM

At the begining I was also annoyed by the over sensitive touchpad. But after I uninstall the touchpad application from Control panel > Add/Remove Programs, the touch pad is much better now! I think it's the software issue not the hardware. Still not a very great touchpad though. I hope this helps.

Interesting to know. However, I am unable to test your "theory" as I've replaced Xandros with Ubuntu for the EEE PC ("Easy Peasy"). It's a much better distro.

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