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Ideapad Z580 - touchpad / keyboard issues

2014-09-30, 18:34 PM

I am having real issues with my Lenovo Z580 laptop touchpad. The touchpad functions normally, but freezes unexpectedly. I have to click ALT + Tab and change the window for it to work again. I have removed and re-installed the drivers and this has had no impact. 

 

It is really frustrating as it is becoming more and more regular and also the keyboard seems to be having minor issues too.

 

If anyone can help it would be most appreciated

 

Thanks,

 

Will

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Re: Ideapad Z580 - touchpad / keyboard issues

2014-09-30, 19:23 PM

hi Will,

 

Welcome to the Lenovo Forums.

 

Just to check

 

Curious, if you don't re-install the Touchpad driver from the lenovo website and let Windows use a generic driver, are you still getting freezing issues while using the Touchpad?

 

If you have the Synaptics touchpad and it works fine with the generic driver then the problem is likey with the driver. Try to install this driver directly from the Synaptics website:

 

Windows 8/7/XP/Vista 64/32-bit Edition v17.0.19

118.1 MB zip

 

If the freezing issue still occur even with a generic touchpad driver then it's likely that the Touchpad is showing signs of imminent failure. In this case, I recommend you contact lenovo and report your findings.

 

As for the keyboard, are some of the keys not working?

 - If some of the keyboard keys are intermittently working then this is likely a keyboard failure and I recommend you report this also when you contact lenovo.

 

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Re: Ideapad Z580 - touchpad / keyboard issues

2014-10-01, 16:55 PM

Thanks for your reply

 

Well I removed the drivers from device manager and the remove programs in control panel and tried to install from the synaptics website as suggested. When i restarted the laptop the touchpad still functions without me installing the new driver... however when I did install the synaptics driver it was more responsive. However the problem has not gone away, Even whilst writing this reply my screen is jumping around.. kind of like a key on the keyboard is jammed. (as far as i can tell this is not the case)

 

When I'm using the touchpad and the cursor freezes... changing windows (ALT + Tab) frees it up again. Its realy weird and I can barely use my laptop because of it right now.

 

I have been unable to download generic drivers via windows.. it did not automatically do this when I restarted the laptop after uninstalling the drivers... can you do it manually?

 

Should the touchpad have stopped working when the drivers for the touchpad were uninstalled? As it was still working I was wandering if I had not uninstalled every driver?

 

Thanks

 

Will

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Re: Ideapad Z580 - touchpad / keyboard issues

2014-10-02, 13:02 PM

hi WIll,

 

Uninstalling the Touchpad driver (thru Device Manager and in the Control Panel) removes the manufacturer's driver (Synaptics) and after the reboot, Windows automatically installs a generic touchpad driver (this driver is built-in to Windows that allows you to use the basic functionality of the device without the added features) -- this explains why you're still able to use the Touchpad without re-installing the Synaptics driver.

 

As for the erratic touchpad movement, that's probably due to the sensitivity settings of the Touchpad (as you type, your palm might be hitting the Touchpad area causing the mouse to move). To fix this, try adjusting the mouse sensitivity under Control Panel (Icon Views) > Mouse (properties) > Device Settings > Pointing > Sensitivity

  - Sample image

 

As for the freezing issue, are you still getting this issue after uninstalling the Synaptics driver (with WIndows using the generic Touchpad driver0 ? 

 

In addition, if you're running Windows 8 on the Z580, a similar issue was discussed in this microsoft article and you may want to check it out for more info.

 

 

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Re: Ideapad Z580 - touchpad / keyboard issues

2014-10-04, 8:14 AM

I'm afraid none of these suggestions have helped my issues.

 

I think it may be a hardware failure. what steps do i take to diagnose which part I need?

 

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Will

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Re: Ideapad Z580 - touchpad / keyboard issues

2014-10-04, 14:32 PM

It could be that your keyboard is sending random inputs disabling your mouse. Go into the mouse settings and disable the feature that disables mouse when typing. If that fixes your issue, your keyboard probably has a stuck key.

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