PowerBook G4 (A1138) - touchpad deactivation
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    Pshemsky
    Posts: 4 from 2018/6/20
    From: Deeside, UK
    Hi Guys.

    What is the quickest and easiest way to deactivate touch pad on PB G4 ? Is there any way to make it deactivate itself automatically with every startup of system ? Is it hard to unplug it from power source ?
    It just get on my nerves all the time.

    Many Thanks for any information or help.
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  • Paladin of the Pegasos
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    NewSense
    Posts: 1259 from 2012/11/10
    From: Manchester, UK/GB
    The touch pad is connected to the hardware, by connectors under the keyboard, that are not too difficult to access, with the correct sized small screwdrivers (Philips & probably Torx). Which model PB are we talking about here?

    I don't think there's a way to de-activate it within the settings as such, so a physical disconnection would be required.
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  • Paladin of the Pegasos
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    koszer
    Posts: 1179 from 2004/2/8
    From: Poland
    There is a way to do it software-wise. If memory serves me there's been also a small utility (written by Krashan) to deactivate it in a simple way, but I can't find any trace of it.
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    Kronos
    Posts: 2071 from 2003/2/24
    It is an USB device, so you should be able kill it in Prefs.
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  • jPV
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    jPV
    Posts: 1905 from 2003/2/24
    From: po-RNO
    MorphOS has an option to disable the touchpad since 3.10, these other harder ways are obsolete now (unless the new option only works for certain hw, but should work for this new PB, and most likely for all devices with a touchpad).

    See this setting in your system: MorphOS System settings -> Touchpad -> Enable the Touchpad driver


    [ Edited by jPV 14.08.2018 - 11:17 ]
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  • Order of the Butterfly
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    igracki
    Posts: 375 from 2003/2/25
    From: Berlin
    I added an usermenu entry with this command to toggle the Touchpad via a hotkey:
    Code:

    ToggleEnv sys/Touchpad.conf " Disabled"


    ToggleEnv is an old 68k shell command I wrote more than 20 years ago;)

    You can download it here.
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    Pshemsky
    Posts: 4 from 2018/6/20
    From: Deeside, UK
    Thanks for reply. Going on holidays now, but definitely I'll back to subject when get back home.
    Many thanks Guys !
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