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I got a new Lenovo laptop and I like it except for the touch pad. For whatever reason it has the right and left click buttons as part of the touch pad. This means that the buttons themselves are touch sensitive. This leads to the cursor jumping across the screen whenever you try to click on something. It's a truly awful design and I have no idea why someone in product testing didn't beat the engineer who designed it this way over the head with a stick. I have searched the configuration options and the internet and as far as I can tell there is no way to disable the sensitivity. The best you can do is turn down the sensitivity for the whole touchpad but this is kind of only a bandaid for a bullet wound.

Anyways I am looking for a material that I can put over top of the buttons that will block the touch sensitivity of the buttons. I got some foam grippy tape stuff that I tried but the touchpad could still register my finger through the foam. I was thinking some kind of metal backed tape may work but I am really not sure what kind of material would block the signal and what wouldn't.

If anyone has any ideas it would be greatly appreciated!
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I agree wholly with you on the touchpad being an awful design. I love my Y500 despite that, but I wish it were fixed. Honestly I'd try rubber before I try metal.

Edit: One idea would be to use very small rubber feet.
Edited by Silvos00 - 3/3/14 at 12:21pm
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I agree wholly with you on the touchpad being an awful design. I love my Y500 despite that, but I wish it were fixed. Honestly I'd try rubber before I try metal.

Edit: One idea would be to use very small rubber feet.

I was thinking metal because the stuff I already tried is pretty rubbery already and it could sense it through. I was wondering if some metal tape would disrupt the tracking.
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Well I got some HVAC tape and tried it. That definitely doesn't work. As soon as you put even a tiny piece on the trackpad the whole thing stops tracking. I tested this with multiple laptops. Apparently if anything metal is touching any part of the trackpad the whole thing will stop registering.
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Does anyone have an answer to this? I miss those small Thinkpad Touchpads. Not only it's missing click buttons, also touch area is so big that my index finger has no area to rest while middle finger navigates on the touchpad.
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my y510p opens up all kinds of stuff when its closed, if i didn't turn it off. Ill open it back up, and ill have like 14 windows of random things im not even sure how it go to open.
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That's weird lol, never had mine do that.
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That's weird lol, never had mine do that.

Screen lays on the touch pad on mine, and it pushes the bottoms lol.
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I put a screen protector on mine. Just a cheapo one to test works decently.
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my y510p opens up all kinds of stuff when its closed, if i didn't turn it off. Ill open it back up, and ill have like 14 windows of random things im not even sure how it go to open.

Interestingly enough my buddy just ordered a new y510p directly from Lenovo and it has a different touch pad than mine does. It has a different texture and works perfectly. I guess they had enough complains that they decided to switch touchpads mid production.
Edited by killeraxemannic - 3/7/14 at 8:08am
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