Miscellaneous

Disabling the Trackpad on the Asus K52J Laptop

June 27, 2021

I don’t know if this will be of much use to anyone, as this is a 10 year old laptop, however the review I did on it when I first got it still recieves a noticable amount of traffic so I figured maybe more people are still using them then you might expect.

For the past couple of years the trackpad on this laptop has been driving me nuts, I pretty much always use a wireless mouse so I don’t use it as a trackpad and it’s in an inconvenient spot where every time I try to type on the keyboard the palm of my hand brushes it and move the cursor and then I look up and see I’ve inserted half the current sentence into the previous paragraph. It’s a constant issue but I’ve just learned to live with it as the Fn+F9 option on my keyboard does not do anything (I don’t actually have any of the original Asus software on here, I’ve long since reinstalled Windows).

Every now and then I’d get frustrated and do some digging. But I never found a solution that worked. I tried disabling the device in device manager, but the disable button was disabled. I tried stopping the touchpad service except no such service existed on my computer. There’s a few other spots in the control panel people suggested, no luck with those options either. Turns out it was actually pretty simple, it just never occurred to me to check the BIOS.

Here are the proper steps to disable the trackpad if you do not have any Asus software installed:

  1. Reboot your computer
  2. Press Del to enter the BIOS setup
  3. Go to the Advanced tab
  4. Navigate down to Internal Pointing Device and set it to Disabled
  5. Go to the Save & Exit tab
  6. Select Save & Exit

After your computer finishes rebooting you’ll find that your trackpad is finally disabled!

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