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    Default What is TouchCheck? And how to disable pointer stick?

    So I can't figure out what TouchCheck actually does. I tend to like light touches and high sensitivity.

    I also have a problem with the pointer stick. Every once in a while my touchpad would stop working and I finally figured out what it was. When my finger is resting on or is touching the pointer stick, the touchpad doesn't work. Considering I often use either the buttons on top of or below the touchpad, my index finger tends to rest there. How can I disable it?

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    Default Re: What is TouchCheck? And how to disable pointer stick?

    First of all, you should specify which laptop you're referring to here. The more information you provide, the easier it will be for others to help you.

    I'm going to assume you have a Latitude of some incarnation. In the touchpad properties (touchpad icon in the tray) there will be settings there to enable/disable the stick mouse and buttons.

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    Default Re: What is TouchCheck? And how to disable pointer stick?

    Oh I thought dell had the same program that goes on all their laptops. Yeah I have a D630. I figured out how to turn off the pointer stick, but I still have no clue to what TouchCheck does. I have tried googling it, but it doesn't seem like anyone knows.

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    Default Re: What is TouchCheck? And how to disable pointer stick?

    Bump for an answer. I turned it off and it seems to make my touch pad smoother, but still not as smooth as my wife's Asus W3j touchpad.
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    Default Re: What is TouchCheck? And how to disable pointer stick?

    Quote Originally Posted by guy121 View Post
    So I can't figure out what TouchCheck actually does.
    I guess you have a Synaptics touchpad and you're using the ancient and buggy driver Dell ships. TouchCheck is different from the touch sensitivity control; it's now called PalmCheck and works as follows:
    The PalmCheck™ feature guards against operating the TouchPad with accidental contact. PalmCheck allows the TouchPad to recognize when your palm is resting on it or brushing its surface while you are typing. This will help to prevent unwanted pointer movement or clicks.

    If the TouchPad exhibits undesired pointer movement or clicks, increase the PalmCheck setting by moving the slider to the right toward Maximum. If the TouchPad misses intended motions or taps, decrease the PalmCheck setting by moving the slider to the left toward Minimum. You are more likely to experience missed motions or taps if the slider is in the red zone.
    Uninstall that old driver from Dell and install the current Synaptics driver. It has many new features and better describes the existing features.

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    Default Re: What is TouchCheck? And how to disable pointer stick?

    wow - I'm so glad you posted about this driver - I installed it, and I like it much better. Lots of controls and good explanations of how the touchpad options work.

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    Default Re: What is TouchCheck? And how to disable pointer stick?

    Yep, never get your drivers from Dell -- either what's installed or from their support/download site -- because they're usually way out of date. Sometimes they're even years out of date.

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    Default Re: What is TouchCheck? And how to disable pointer stick?

    Quote Originally Posted by nm88 View Post
    I guess you have a Synaptics touchpad and you're using the ancient and buggy driver Dell ships. TouchCheck is different from the touch sensitivity control; it's now called PalmCheck and works as follows:Uninstall that old driver from Dell and install the current Synaptics driver. It has many new features and better describes the existing features.
    I installed this driver, like it a lot but my scrolling doesnt seem to function now. Is there anyway to enable scrolling with this driver?

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    Default Re: What is TouchCheck? And how to disable pointer stick?

    Quote Originally Posted by nm88 View Post
    I guess you have a Synaptics touchpad and you're using the ancient and buggy driver Dell ships. TouchCheck is different from the touch sensitivity control; it's now called PalmCheck and works as follows:Uninstall that old driver from Dell and install the current Synaptics driver. It has many new features and better describes the existing features.
    TouchCheck is built into the Dell utility regardless of which touchpad you have. The M1530's have Alps touchpads and the touchpad software has the TouchCheck option. What TouchCheck actually does is beyond me.. I've tried using it with and without and I see absolutely no difference. I wouldn't worry about it.

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    Default Re: What is TouchCheck? And how to disable pointer stick?

    Yes - go into the synaptics control panel, click on the device settings tab, click on the settings button - under the virtual scrolling directory you'll find options for turning scrolling on and off, changing the width of the scroll areas, etc. If that doesn't work, you might have some other problem. Did you first uninstall the dell touchpad driver? That might be important.

 

 
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