In July I managed to ruin my computer, so I had to buy a new one.
I’m still learning it, but one of the things I couldn’t turn off was the
Touch Pad. I looked online, visited HP’s website, tried to tap the little box
in the upper left hand corner as directed. Nothing worked. Absolutely
nothing. All their instructions sucked big time. I could easily hire myself
out to a computer company and tell them the problems they have with their
product and why their instructions should be written in clear, concise
step-by-step instructions. They assume that I know what the hell I’m doing when
I turn that power key on. I don’t.
The problem was that my thumbs kept hitting the touch pad and moving all
over the page, cutting words I had written (a big no-no in my book).
What’s a girl to do?
I need the thumbs to hit the space bar. But it
became too much to overlook.
So, I thought I would cover it up and found a neat little coaster that I
obtained several years ago, add two strips of two inch clear strapping tape and
I thought, this will work!
The only problem was, it was too thin. If my fat thumbs hit the touch pad,
it would still jerk around.
So I looked around for something stiff. Do you know how hard it is to find
exactly what you need when your only requirement is that it be hard, square and
something you won’t need again.
I walked by a cardboard box several times, then decided I would use it. I
trimmed it to fit the area, and since I didn’t like the brown industrial look, I
copied out a writer’s quote.
Taping the sucker down with two strips of two inch wide clear strapping
tape solved the problem. This is what it looks like.
And it WORKS!
Due to the fact that cardboard has two layers and the inside wavy part, if
you touch it, nothing happens. Absolutely nothing. The cost, next to
If I want to use the touch pad, I can take off the tape. If I want to
change the quote, easily doable.
Color me a happy camper. I solved a major problem with my laptop!