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Got a Sony Vaio notebook like me? Hate the touchpad like me?

So here is my beef. I have a sweet Sony Vaio GR notebook. It's a bit dated today, but what isn't dated the day after you buy it? But the worst thing about the notebook from day one is the touchpad.
The touchpad has a setting to disable when mouse is attached, but apparently that is only for PS/2 mice. And the GR series doesn't even have a PS/2 port, so of course any mice I attach is going to be USB.
I hated the touchpad getting in my way so much (even with the settings adjusted), I just disabled the mouse completely via a registry hack. But now since I bought my new Dell XPS desktop, my notebook is secondary, and I have moved my coveted Logitech mouse over to my desktop. So I have enabled touchpad again and have started using it again.
My main problem with the touchpad is that I can never find the correct setting that allows me to move my pointer around freely without it measuring that I am also clicking along the way. To me, the touchpad is only for moving the pointer. The two buttons below the touchpad are how you click. Imaging if your mouse thought that you wanted to click because the pressure in which you were resting your hand on it changed? Some might like that idea, but I don't.
I will be blunt, none of the setting with the default Synaptics touchpad software allows you to make your touchpad non-clickable. You must update your driver. You can going to the Synaptics website and download the appropriate driver yourself (near the bottom of the page). You must reboot.
When accessing the new touchpad software you may think as I did that you have even LESS controls before. I about flipped my lid when I first saw the new menu. But you have to to the "Device Settings" tab, and click on the "Settings..." button. Here is where most of the settings are editable at. Go to the "Tapping" node, and then uncheck the "Enable Tapping" feature. Done.
BTW... the updated Synaptics software does a much betting job at tell you exactly what each feature does. The default software does not give you any description of what the settings are doing.
Hope it helps.

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Thursday, November 11th 2004
I completly agree that that "tapping function" on touchpads are the most annoying thing about touch pads. I cover mine with a piece of cardboard to stop accidental tapping.
Thursday, May 31st 2007
I love it, the tapping function that is and the Synaptics software is wondefull. I also have set up my touch pad for "corner tapping" whereby I can tap the top-right and move forward in a browser, top-left backwards, bottom-left miniminse the window and bottom-right "right click". I think the whole idea is great. I use a Hp Compaq nx9005 and the setting i have it on seem to let me move the cursor without "accidental taps" it also has a button just above the touch pad where i can turn it off. Brilliant!

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