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Unable to connect to the Synaptics pointing device Driver

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  • 1--yes, it shows me ' Unable to connect to the Synaptics pointing device Driver' everytime i try to look at the mouse options in the control pannel. I am a vista user and the mouse works fine but i don't know when the options stopped working. after I cancell the massage that come up on the screen (Unable to connect to the Synaptics pointing device Driver) another window shows me the 'Windows host precess (rundll32) has stoped working' sign.

     

    please please tell me how to fix this.

     

    2-- I have recently bought a mic to record sound to my laptop and it was working fine untill after a while the sound gets unrecognised or not recorded. I thought there was something wrong with the mic and checked it on other pc's and works fine. and when i get too close to the mic and scream I can hear a little recorded voice me which makes me think it's just a setting problem ,...but can't fegure out what.

     

    please help! especially with question number 1

     

     

    viernes, 06 de julio de 2007 23:10

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  • Hello

     

    I had the same problem on my computer, HP Pavillion DV9000, running on Win XP SP2.

    I tried to reinstall the driver - didn't work

    Then I tried to upgrade to a newer version of the driver - didn't work. The problem still existed.

     

    Then it just hit me:

    I have an English version of Windows XP which means that the default directory for program files is "C:\Program Files". But I live in Sweden and sometimes install Swedish programs. They usually want to install in C:\Program. However, having both "C:\Program Files" and "C:\Program" is NOT advisable since during start-up of Windows there will be a problem for Windows to find the correct directory when loading drivers and programs. So I checked my computer and noticed that I had a few programs installed in C:\Program. I uninstalled these programs and deleted the "C:\Program" folder. Then I restarted my computer and everything worked beautifully.

     

    So if you have both "C:\Program" and "C:\Program Files" then you will have to delete the one that is NOT the default program directory. For a Swedish version of Windows that means that you want to keep "C:\Program". For an english version of Windows you want to keep "C:\Program Files". Uninstall the programs before deleting the directory.

     

    Hopefully this might help also you. Anyway, good luck.

    domingo, 29 de julio de 2007 15:02
  • I also had the same exact problem with my touchpad under Vista.

    I Googled "Synaptics Pointing Device Driver" to get to their website:
    http://www.synaptics.com/support/drive.cfm
    This page has the generic driver BUT I went to my
    system manufacturer's support website, i.e.
    http://www.synaptics.com/support/links.cfm
    This link took me to Dell for my laptop and I downloaded my Synaptics driver and installed it.

    Now the touchpad has all its previous functionality, like scrolling, and I can adjust the mouse properties from Control Panel.

    Oh good.
    jueves, 09 de agosto de 2007 4:29
  • Hi All,

    I had the same problem.

    My work laptop is a Dell Inspiron 9400 that I inherited from a previous user who was "casual" about his firewall, antivirus, and basic attention to detail, so besides the viruses, trojans, and malware, the Intel 3945ABG card and the Synaptics touch pad didn't work as they were supposed to when I got the machine.

    It was easy to clean the viruses, etc., less easy to fix the wireless problem, and it took THREE DAYS to figure out how to get the Synaptics touch pad working right. Since that is the problem described in the string, here is what you have to do to fix it, and for those who are very experienced in the workings of XP, please excuse the "baby steps" instructions that are meant to help everybody including the newbie. Please note that I don't use Vista, so I don't know if this will work for it or if the file structure and folder location is the same as XP.

    First, an explanation.  When Windows doesn't like something about your touchpad driver, it justs reverts it to a basic PS/2 mouse driver. This gives you mouse buttons and cursor movement, but no scrolling or gestures.  That way, when you look at the hardware manager under the "Mice and other pointing devices" section, (control panel, double-click System, select Device Manager) you don't see a yellow ? or a red X.  I could have lived with that, but my version of the problem also had a very sensistive "tap to click" function working that I could not stop, and it was driving me batty.

    So, first of all, delete any Synaptic driver that may be semi-installed by going to your control panel, selecting "Add or Remove Programs" (who adds programs with this thing?) and waiting while it "populates" the list. Scroll down (by using the elevator box, since your touchpad can't scroll) to the entry "Synaptics Pointing Device Driver," clicking on it and then click again on the  Remove button. Windows will want to reboot after this, so REBOOT WINDOWS after the driver is removed.

    Next, go to the Synaptics website  and download their latest driver to your desktop. Alternatively, you could go to your computer manufacturer's web site where you haven't found any useful information about this problem and download their outdated version of the touchpad driver - it is up to you.  Either way, have a new Synaptics driver installer sitting on your desktop ready to be clicked upon.

    Once Windows is back up you have to make hidden system files visible. To do this, go to any open WINDOWS Explorer (not Internet Explorer) window and select "Tools" then "Folder Options" from the menu at the top of the window.  The menu for Folder Options should have 4 tabs - "General, View, File Types, and Offline Files" - and if it doesn't, you have a malware problem that gets fixed in a different answer from this.  On the View tab, find the folder icon titled "Hidden Files and Folders" and select the button labelled "Show hidden files and folders." Windows may whine about this, but do it anyway.  Next, be sure that the box titled "Hide extensions for known file types" is NOT CHECKED. Click the "Apply to All Folders" button at the top of the tab, then answer Yes to the next question, and finally click OK to close the Folder Options dialog.

    Now that you can see hidden files, get to where you can see "My Computer" on whatever version of the desktop you use, then OPEN it so that you see a window with icons of your hard disk(s) etc.  Double click on the disk icon that is your bootdisk and has the system files on it, usually the "C" disk.  Find and double-click the folder titled "Windows," and if this is your first time doing so, Windows will whine again with a warning about how you are too stupid to see their inner workings, but just click Yes or OK to display the files in the Windows folder.  Start to scoll down by using the elevator box/bar untill your find the folder "inf."

    Open the "inf" folder, select "View" from the menu bar, and choose "Details"  This changes the view in the main part of the window to show information under columns labelled Name, Size, Type and Date Modified. Your display may show some other choices as well.  Click on the word Name in the column labels once to sort the display into Z to A order, then click it again to sort it into A to Z order. Now click the word Type to sort the display into reverse order by Type.

    The topmost entries you should see should be of the Type "Setup Information" and the rightmost three letters of each filename should be "inf." Scroll down until you get entries "oem--.inf" where "--" is a number or numbers.  Look for a big file (mine was 371 KB) and OPEN the inf file using Wordpad or Notepad by selecting the file name, then right-clicking it. On the pop-up window choose OPEN or Open With... to open it.

    If you have found the correct inf file to work with the first few lines will look close to this:


    ;----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ; SynPD.inf
    ;
    ; Installs Synaptics Pointing Device driver files on Windows 2000, XP and Vista.
    ; Copyright (c) 1996-2007, Synaptics, Inc.
    ;----------------------------------------------------------------------------

    also, close by to the above  inf file there MAY be a much smaller inf (mine was 9 KB) that looks close to this:


    ;----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ; SynHID.inf
    ;
    ; Installs Synaptics USB filter driver.
    ;----------------------------------------------------------------------------

    If you have found one or both of these files, then close the Wrdpad or Notepad windows and single-click the oem--.inf file that is the SynPD file, then single click it again. You should now be able to change the name of the inf file.  To be paranoid, if you just change the "inf" to "fni" no changes will be made to the content of the file, but Windows won't know what to do with it the next time you boot your PC.  When you make the change, Windows will whine again, but click Yes.  If you also had the SynHID file, do the same for that file, and then reboot the PC.

    You are almost there - once the PC is back up, double click on the Synaptics driver installer that you put on your desktop and follow the directions (just say Yes, which is my philosphy of life), and guess what, you get to reboot again!! Isn't Windows great?

    The nice part is that when Windows finally comes up you should get a "splash screen" about the Synaptics touchpad, and you should have an icon in your system tray for it. Enjoy!!

    DarnOld Duck  :)

    lunes, 11 de mayo de 2009 20:10
  • Hi All,

    I had the same problem.

    My work laptop is a Dell Inspiron 9400 that I inherited from a previous user who was "casual" about his firewall, antivirus, and basic attention to detail, so besides the viruses, trojans, and malware, the Intel 3945ABG card and the Synaptics touch pad didn't work as they were supposed to when I got the machine.

    It was easy to clean the viruses, etc., less easy to fix the wireless problem, and it took THREE DAYS to figure out how to get the Synaptics touch pad working right. Since that is the problem described in the string, here is what you have to do to fix it, and for those who are very experienced in the workings of XP, please excuse the "baby steps" instructions that are meant to help everybody including the newbie. Please note that I don't use Vista, so I don't know if this will work for it or if the file structure and folder location is the same as XP.

    First, an explanation.  When Windows doesn't like something about your touchpad driver, it justs reverts it to a basic PS/2 mouse driver. This gives you mouse buttons and cursor movement, but no scrolling or gestures.  That way, when you look at the hardware manager under the "Mice and other pointing devices" section, (control panel, double-click System, select Device Manager) you don't see a yellow ? or a red X.  I could have lived with that, but my version of the problem also had a very sensistive "tap to click" function working that I could not stop, and it was driving me batty.

    So, first of all, delete any Synaptic driver that may be semi-installed by going to your control panel, selecting "Add or Remove Programs" (who adds programs with this thing?) and waiting while it "populates" the list. Scroll down (by using the elevator box, since your touchpad can't scroll) to the entry "Synaptics Pointing Device Driver," clicking on it and then click again on the  Remove button. Windows will want to reboot after this, so REBOOT WINDOWS after the driver is removed.

    Next, go to the Synaptics website  and download their latest driver to your desktop. Alternatively, you could go to your computer manufacturer's web site where you haven't found any useful information about this problem and download their outdated version of the touchpad driver - it is up to you.  Either way, have a new Synaptics driver installer sitting on your desktop ready to be clicked upon.

    Once Windows is back up you have to make hidden system files visible. To do this, go to any open WINDOWS Explorer (not Internet Explorer) window and select "Tools" then "Folder Options" from the menu at the top of the window.  The menu for Folder Options should have 4 tabs - "General, View, File Types, and Offline Files" - and if it doesn't, you have a malware problem that gets fixed in a different answer from this.  On the View tab, find the folder icon titled "Hidden Files and Folders" and select the button labelled "Show hidden files and folders." Windows may whine about this, but do it anyway.  Next, be sure that the box titled "Hide extensions for known file types" is NOT CHECKED. Click the "Apply to All Folders" button at the top of the tab, then answer Yes to the next question, and finally click OK to close the Folder Options dialog.

    Now that you can see hidden files, get to where you can see "My Computer" on whatever version of the desktop you use, then OPEN it so that you see a window with icons of your hard disk(s) etc.  Double click on the disk icon that is your bootdisk and has the system files on it, usually the "C" disk.  Find and double-click the folder titled "Windows," and if this is your first time doing so, Windows will whine again with a warning about how you are too stupid to see their inner workings, but just click Yes or OK to display the files in the Windows folder.  Start to scoll down by using the elevator box/bar untill your find the folder "inf."

    Open the "inf" folder, select "View" from the menu bar, and choose "Details"  This changes the view in the main part of the window to show information under columns labelled Name, Size, Type and Date Modified. Your display may show some other choices as well.  Click on the word Name in the column labels once to sort the display into Z to A order, then click it again to sort it into A to Z order. Now click the word Type to sort the display into reverse order by Type.

    The topmost entries you should see should be of the Type "Setup Information" and the rightmost three letters of each filename should be "inf." Scroll down until you get entries "oem--.inf" where "--" is a number or numbers.  Look for a big file (mine was 371 KB) and OPEN the inf file using Wordpad or Notepad by selecting the file name, then right-clicking it. On the pop-up window choose OPEN or Open With... to open it.

    If you have found the correct inf file to work with the first few lines will look close to this:


    ;----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ; SynPD.inf
    ;
    ; Installs Synaptics Pointing Device driver files on Windows 2000, XP and Vista.
    ; Copyright (c) 1996-2007, Synaptics, Inc.
    ;----------------------------------------------------------------------------

    also, close by to the above  inf file there MAY be a much smaller inf (mine was 9 KB) that looks close to this:


    ;----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ; SynHID.inf
    ;
    ; Installs Synaptics USB filter driver.
    ;----------------------------------------------------------------------------

    If you have found one or both of these files, then close the Wrdpad or Notepad windows and single-click the oem--.inf file that is the SynPD file, then single click it again. You should now be able to change the name of the inf file.  To be paranoid, if you just change the "inf" to "fni" no changes will be made to the content of the file, but Windows won't know what to do with it the next time you boot your PC.  When you make the change, Windows will whine again, but click Yes.  If you also had the SynHID file, do the same for that file, and then reboot the PC.

    You are almost there - once the PC is back up, double click on the Synaptics driver installer that you put on your desktop and follow the directions (just say Yes, which is my philosphy of life), and guess what, you get to reboot again!! Isn't Windows great?

    The nice part is that when Windows finally comes up you should get a "splash screen" about the Synaptics touchpad, and you should have an icon in your system tray for it. Enjoy!!

    DarnOld Duck  :)

    Thank you for your advice.

    Meteor
    sábado, 16 de enero de 2010 3:58