This problem is solved, solution is at the bottom post.
Hi fellow geeks and upper geeks.
The last 2 months I've been running WordEd (Work Education) and I'm annoyed by Vista.
Annoyed to no end.
Not just me, also some teachers at the school I work hate the touchpad, so they take their own mouse.
There are settings that are completly useless etc etc I'll skip the BS about Vista.
The main thing is, the annoying touch pad CAN'T be disabled alltogether.
I use my own Logitech MX518, so you can understand I don't ever want to use that touch pad.
It's location is the killer of the laptop though, too close to the space bar, so my work is going very slowly now that I have 50 typo's every 3 seconds to correct, because my thumbs move the cursor all over the text. Sometimes selecting text while I'm typing... so then the selected text gets replaced by one new character >_< I hope you can understand I needed to vent my problems here.
I asked Dell what to do and they adviced me to either wreck it out of the laptop or install XP again where the touchpad IS disabled when you plug in a USB-mouse.
When I asked them why Vista couldn't disable the touchpad, I got a VERY strange answer...
"That's what we call MARKETING".
Any ideas, I can't go back to XP, because then Dell won't support me with this laptop.
I believe it could be done with register settings, but Dell refused to help me with that. (for no reason, what, so, ever.)
I sure hope I can be helped.
Greetz from a handfull of teachers and one desperate guy.
Desperate as in: I've asked a lawyer what to do with the advice to wreck it out. He replied: If their advice is to wreck it out, they can't take away the warranty if you can proof the rest of the laptop is undamaged. This is an exception, only because they don't WANT to help me when I put XP on the laptop to originally fix the problem that I had.
Edited by IO-error, 24 April 2008 - 02:24 AM.