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    Weird button on my keyboard

    Ok I realise this has little to do with ubuntu but I know of no other forums with kind nerds to aid me.
    I have just unpacked my new laptop and installed Ubuntu on it. I noticed a button on the keyboard and I have no idea what it does.

    http://i54.tinypic.com/m8k5c3.png

    This is what I see when I click it
    so.. what does it do?


    thanks in advance

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    Re: Weird button on my keyboard

    can you describe what it looks like?
    Based on the screen shots, I think it would be either disabling scrolling (on the sides of the touch pad) or disabling the touch pad altogether.

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    Re: Weird button on my keyboard

    Quote Originally Posted by Ad1217 View Post
    can you describe what it looks like?
    Based on the screen shots, I think it would be either disabling scrolling (on the sides of the touch pad) or disabling the touch pad altogether.
    It does not change the behaviour of my touch pad
    (It doesn't scroll either way, I'm trying to fix hat as well)

    the button looks like the icon on the screenshot
    just a white box with a cross on it
    http://i52.tinypic.com/9ixlxg.jpg

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    Re: Weird button on my keyboard

    what type/model of computer do you have?

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    Re: Weird button on my keyboard

    Quote Originally Posted by Ad1217 View Post
    what type/model of computer do you have?
    It's a Dell Inspiron 15 laptop

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    Re: Weird button on my keyboard

    perhaps it is the eject button? try putting in a disk and see
    or internet... could be a lot of "enable/disable" devices...
    Last edited by Ad1217; December 3rd, 2010 at 11:11 PM.

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    Re: Weird button on my keyboard

    Doesn't do anything either.
    I thought someone here would know, seeing as there is a built-in icon in ubuntu when I press it.


    Thanks anyway, I appreciate it.

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    Re: Weird button on my keyboard

    That button is supposed to disable/enable your touchpad by the looks of it, I guess it's not working as it should.

    Have you still got Windows on there? You could try out the button on Windows and see if it's an Ubuntu specific issue.

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    Re: Weird button on my keyboard

    Quote Originally Posted by chriswyatt View Post
    That button is supposed to disable/enable your touchpad by the looks of it, I guess it's not working as it should.

    Have you still got Windows on there? You could try out the button on Windows and see if it's an Ubuntu specific issue.
    Aah that might explain a lot

    My touch pad is not detected as a touch pad but as a ps/2 generic mouse, so I can't scroll with it. I'll try rebooting in windows.

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    Re: Weird button on my keyboard

    It is indeed a button to disable the touchpad, but because my ubuntu doesn't recognize my touch pad as a touch pad, it doesn't work for me when I'm not in Windows.
    Thanks for the help

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