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Can the keyboard and touchpad on a Laptop be deactivated for external mouse/keyboard?

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My mum poured coffee over her laptop. Since then the "s" key is defect. We got an external usb keyboard and a mouse. I'll go see her tomorrow and have no clue if the keyboard on the laptop will be deactivated automatically or if you have to do it manually of if it is even possible.

She uses it on a very narrow table so she likely has to lay the external keyboard at least partially on the laptop keyboard and therefore it would be better if the Laptop's keyboard is deactivated.

Thanks.

PS: And if the external keyboard won't be used automatically by plug and play, please tell me how I set it up in Windows Vista 32 Bit Home so that it can be used.
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post #2 of 11
You can try unplug the touchpad and keyboard cable to the notebook motherboard
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Every usb keyboard is plug and play. If you take apart the laptop, there is a flat zif ribbon cable plugging the keyboard and trackpad to the laptop motherboard. Unplug that if there isn't a function key to disable them.
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Every usb keyboard is plug and play. If you take apart the laptop, there is a flat zif ribbon cable plugging the keyboard and trackpad to the laptop motherboard. Unplug that if there isn't a function key to disable them.
I was hoping it was possible to deactivate them in Windows. I can't open her Laptop, I don't want to break it.
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Some touchpads let you disable them with a keyboard combo or through an option in the control panel. Same with keyboards... alll depends on the brand though. Works on my Acer.
    
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Some touchpads let you disable them with a keyboard combo or through an option in the control panel. Same with keyboards... alll depends on the brand though. Works on my Acer.
Can you tell me the key combo or where that option in the control panel is?

She has also an Acer, Acer Aspire 3692-100.
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post #7 of 11
or you can replace its keyboard, most are not difficult to do

i have ordered several from here
http://www.trianglelaptops.com/c-2-l...keyboards.aspx

most are under $20
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Can you tell me the key combo or where that option in the control panel is?

She has also an Acer, Acer Aspire 3692-100.
Can't you disable it via device manager?
     
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Can't you disable it via device manager?
I think I've found a button to uninstall the driver. Would it work to just uninstall the driver for the keyboard?
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post #10 of 11
my compaq had a little button next to the touchpad that deactivated it
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