The touchpad is one of the most critical hardware components in laptop computer systems and has been in use for a long time. The touchpad allows us to control the computer system when we cannot use a mouse.
To use this component, we must activate the touchpad using the FN combination on our computer’s keyboard. After activation, we can easily control the computer system by moving our fingers on the touchpad, similar to a touchscreen.
Touchpad: A More Advanced and Sturdy Hardware
Compared to older computer systems, the touchpad is a more advanced and robust hardware component. However, it can still malfunction or stop working due to simple errors. Laptop manufacturers design touchpad hardware to be strong and durable since users constantly touch and interact with it. As a result, the touchpad is one of the most robust and well-equipped components in a laptop system.
In particular, if you use an external mouse with gaming laptops, it is essential to disable the touchpad. If not disabled, wrist movements may affect the touchpad and cause damage over time. In such cases, the touchpad hardware needs to be replaced.
Common Reasons for Touchpad Malfunction
One of the primary reasons for touchpad hardware malfunction is software-related issues. A program installed on your computer system can interfere with the touchpad’s functionality. In this case, the system needs to be updated, and unnecessary programs should be removed.
Unknown programs and trojan viruses can even cause permanent damage to the hardware. Therefore, updating the system is crucial before proceeding with the troubleshooting process.
If updating the system and removing unnecessary programs do not resolve the issue, the problem is most likely with the touchpad hardware itself.
To fix this, the touchpad component needs to be replaced. The touchpad component is located under the system, and at this stage, it is necessary to disconnect the electronic part featuring the touchpad from the motherboard and replace it with a new one.
After making the necessary changes, the touchpad problem should be resolved completely. Additionally, remember to activate the touchpad hardware using the FN combination after replacing the component.