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#1 warmheart

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 01:47 PM

Hi all,

Hope this helps someone out! (Has anyone else had this problem?)

My laptop has a track-pad, and I keep the sensitivity setting at the highest level, which had always worked fine for me. Last winter, though, the track-pad stopped responding almost completely. It took literally five minutes to move it from one spot to another on the screen. I tried reinstalling the driver. I tried cleaning the track-pad with every computer-safe solution known to man, and then worried that I'd destroyed it altogether with all that scrubbing. I narrowly restrained myself from throwing the computer across the room and screaming, it was so frustrating. The computer had quite a few miles on it, so I figured it was probably just dying and I'd have to buy a new one.

This went on for weeks, and then I figured out a work-around. I bought a mouse, so problem solved. But it wasn't until the warm weather, when the track-pad magically worked again, that I figured out what the problem was. Track-pads work by sensing the electrical charge in the skin, which varies with the skin's temperature.

Duh!!!

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#2 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 04:39 AM

Warmheart, you've just solved a mystery that has been puzzling me for years! I had a sewing machine (my first fancy one) that gave me no ends of grief in cold weather. It had little touch screens in various places that sometimes just wouldn't work. I'd have gotten rid of it, except it had been a present from my husband. So I would dig out my mother's little portable in the winter (it is one year older than me) and the fancy thing in the summer. Did that for years until my oldest daughter wanted a sewing machine. The fancy one had never played up for her, so that's what she got!

I've since ended up with a new fancy machine; it lives in the warmest room in the house!

Thanks for solving that puzzle. It's nice to know I'm not as loony as that sewing machine made me think I was.
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#3 enjoytheride

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 07:59 AM

What useful information- thanks for posting.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 01:59 AM

Hi Warmheart

What a very useful tip; I am hopeless when it comes to a problem with the computer & I tend to end up swearing & shouting abuse at it which strangely has no effect!!! ;) :rolleyes:

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 05:22 AM

I've found swearing and shouting to be ineffective for electronics in general; on the other hand, a good hard punch often does the trick. Doesn't work at all for computers, though. What a pity. ;)

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 10:20 AM

So that's why I have trouble controlling the mouse pad! Makes perfect sense.

By the way inanimate objects, such as computers, laptops, fancy sewing machines are out to get us all I tell you! :lol:
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Posted 27 January 2010 - 11:50 AM

Thanks for the tip. I just realized why my smart phone doesn't always respond to my icy white fingers!! Oh well, my thumb still works.
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 06:15 AM

Hi Kay Tee,

Wow, I thought it was because my finger pads seem smoother and the pad sensed the movement by sensing the rubbing on the pad. Now I know I don't have to press harder, just get the fingers warmer. I've already worn a spot on the pad where the scroll is, I'll have to watch out for that now.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 10:15 AM

Hi Mando:
I've wondered about the smooth fingertips also, but it works when I'm warm.
Maybe there'll be a smart phone/hand warmer one day?? The phone does radiate a little heat, but perhaps a little extra heat discharge with a mini-fan?
Oh well, one can dream...
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Posted 01 February 2010 - 01:59 PM

Hi KayTee,

Good luck finding a warm phone. My laptop overheats too easily, so it is resting on a trivit to keep air circulation to the back. Unfortunately the overheating is not good for the machine. My laptop was shutting itself down. Good for the hands, but bad for the machine.

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 11:03 AM

Hi Mando:
I just read a review of an app to make your phone into a hand warmer. Who knew! It makes the fan run on high and does heat up the phone. Unfortunately it also goes through the battery in about 30 minutes. So not generally recommended.
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Posted 28 February 2010 - 05:31 AM

I have had trouble with using those pads as well. I always thought it was because I didn't know what I was doing. Has anyone tried using the pad while wearing wool gloves? That may not work, but I am curious because I have been wearing gloves more often.

#13 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 02:32 PM

I found that if I slipped the finger of an old pair of rubber gloves over the wool gloves on the finger that I use on the touch pad, the extra traction helps.
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