i wonder if someone can help me - I've been asked by a friend to permanently disable the touchpad on her Acer Aspire 5175Z laptop.
There's a function key combo (Fn-F7) which disabled it but only until a reboot
The BIOS is incredibly basic and doesn't even mention input devices so no joy there
Windows XP won't allow you to disable a PS/2 mouse (which is how the touchpad is detected) even if you go through System>Hardware>Device Manager - The disable option simply isn;t there. I've tried uninstalling the driver but after the "suggested" reboot, the device is re-installed before she's past the welcome screen.
I've seen mention of a System tray app which achieves this but unfortunately, We've just had to rebuild her laptop from scratch so it's a stock XP Home install - So no tray icon for the mouse.
Can someone please point me in the right direction?