Mouse drift on Dell Latitude c840 running Feisty 7.04

Casey Stamper casey.stamper at
Thu May 17 04:20:53 UTC 2007

Adam M wrote:
> Hi Casey,
> Well, I wouldn't have thought to replace the keyboard to fix the mouse
> problem, but it seems to have done the trick. I bought a replacement
> keyboard from Dell for $35 (it was a refurb), and it was here in 2 days.
> It took me about 20 minutes to replace it , although someone who is not
> completely brain-dead could do it in 5 minutes.
> Anyway, thanks for the suggestion. My laptop is finally usable!
> -Adam
> On Tue, 15 May 2007 06:21:11 +0100, "Casey Stamper"
> <casey.stamper at> said:
>> I don't recall exactly and I'm not at work right now but I think it was 
>> less than $50. It's very simple to install. There is a plastic trim 
>> piece on the top that covers the power and reset buttons. That easily 
>> pries off w/the screen folded all the way back and then it's a matter of 
>> removing 4 small screws and the keyboard lifts right up. Then you can 
>> disconnect it from the mb. I'm not sure how yours works but it's 
>> probably similar. In any case, there are disassembly instructions on the 
>> web - that's where I found mine.
I'm glad to hear it and I think I was responding to your keyboard-only 
woes and only later when I was reading another reply to your problem did 
I notice that you also had mentioned the mousepad drift. I hate that 
mousepad/synaptics thing. I much prefer the "pencil eraser" method. 
Anyway, it's good to hear you didn't waste your money based at least 
partially on my recommendation. :)

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