+ 0 Votes Aspire 5100 Touchpad lockup issue phinfan 6 years ago Try using Fn + F7. It turns the touchpad on and off. I was having the same issue. I took apart my 5100 and everything was fine. Once I found Fn + F7 my touchpad works fine. Hope this helps. + 0 Votes Keyboard + Mouse freezing SOLUTION xtwister161 2 years ago If you have your MOUSE and KEYBOARD freezing, most times and usable at all (but an external mouse works). Here is a better solution to using the laptop without a battery. Go to your control panel, open device manager, and DISABLE the battery controller. You might need to reboot, but for me the mouse and keyboard started working right away. + 0 Votes the same problem here nextstop2003 6 years ago Hi dude, I've the same laptop and yesterday I came thru the same problem you said... as I know, the last action I remember I did was to connect my ipod by the left sided usb input and everything was messed up in few secs. Nobody could solve my problem so far, nor F2 at prompt neither fn+F7 routine... did you fix it? thanks paolo + 0 Votes A semi-solution using pcmcia/usb indiebear 6 years ago Hi, I had the same problem with my Acer Aspire 5100. I've tried to read a lot around internet for a solution and finaly I think it's a problem with Acer mainboards. There are people with a similar problem but your can fix it removing the battery but unfortunately this is not our problem. Solution :Today I bought a pcmcia/usb and usb mouse+keyboard pack and this is the way that now I'm writing to you. That's the only way to go into windows. The usb ports in the laptop don't work, you need to use a pcmcia. They give power because I can use usb speakers, but a mouse or an external usb hard disc don't work . As far as the best solution would be to phone to Acer support service but I bought this laptop more than two years ago. I know that It's not my fault, It's a manufacture problem but... What can I do? I'll try to get in contact with Acer. I think I'm not the first one in this situation. Extra info: I updated BIOS with two different versions today but It doesn't work. If an expert knows something that I can do and I haven't done before please, post here. Thanks to all and sorry for my english, I'm from Spain. + 0 Votes Similar Problem - Solved Beastcat 5 years ago Ive recently been working on a Aspire 3500, often the keyboard and touchpad would lock up and not respond once in windows, I found that the 'deferred procedure calls' were very high with Process Explorer - and hunted round the net for info on that. Sounds strange but it turns out it was a Battery Issue - I removed the Battery while plugged into AC and instantly got the keyboard and touchpad back. + 0 Votes I'm suffering from the same problem but there's hope for some... moonmonkey2009 4 years ago Hi all, This keyboard/usb/touchpad problem hit me last week after nearly four years of owning an aspire 5103. At first a couple of hard shutdowns worked but then nothing! I had already decided on buying another laptop anyway so I'm not really that arsed about the problem. My choices were between another acer or a custom built sony vaio!!! The problem and what I've found out since has made my decision for me, perhaps sony have better customer support! Anyhoo, those living in the UK with this problem might be interested to know of their rights as consumers beyond the 1 year warranty. Take a look at the 'Sales of Goods' act... (http://www.which.co.uk/advice/understanding-the-sale-of-goods-act/your-rights/index.jsp). The most important parts to digest are that after warranty your complaint should be dealt with by the company/shop that sold you the faulty goods, NOT the manufacturer! Also, you have six years cover under this act (five in Scotland.... sorry guys)! All you have to do is prove that in the eyes of the law there is reasonable grounds to expect that a laptop (or whatever) should last more than what it has before breaking down. The shop won't have a leg to stand on and will have to replace/repair for free unless they want trading standards on their arses and/or face possible legal action!!! Just like many of you, I'm well within my rights to contact laptopsdirect (an Acer owned company) and demand a replacement, but alas I'm the type of person that once a brand lets me down, they can eat sloppy dog poo! I'll never buy Acer again and will spread the warning whenever I get the chance! In short, after warranty, tackle the shop who sold said item to you, quote the sales of goods act, listen to the excuses and then watch them squirm as they realise that they have to pay up! Eventually wholesale orders for Acer will diminish and they might get their act together and stop using cheap mobos that break down when you ****! Right... I'm off to spend ?1100 on sony style!! Good luck y'all J + 0 Votes Try the toggle switch pat_skerrett 4 years ago The Fn+F7 toggles the touchpad on and off. The button to the left of the ON button above the keyboard does the same thing. The light next to it should be off for the touchpad to work. + 0 Votes A test spiralnexus 3 years ago Here is one way to see if it a simple issue such as just a overload shut off. Take off the hinge cover, unscrew the 2 screws for the keyboard. Pull the keboard up gently towards the screen and then rotate it towards you exposing the MB and connectors set it down keyside to palmrest on the laptop. remove the connectors for both the keyboard and the touchpad. Now plug it up and power on. If it starts go ahead and power off again before windows load screen comes up. Plug in a USB keyboard after powering off. Then power on again.if it boots up and you can use the keyboard you are in business. Shut it down and reconnect the cords for palmrest and keyboard. power on and see if it works. I have had my 5100 since 2005 and have never really had an issue other than my keyboard dying after a few drops of pepsi went under the 0 key it took 2 weeks beforeit killed 0 then 2 days later 9 and - went out then 2,5, and 1. the next day t-Pgup went on the next row and thats when I pulled the keyboard and started using USB for a month until I ordered a new keyboard and a protective cover. That is the only issue I have ever had with mine other than windows bloat. Still running all original equipment except the keyboard. Oh but my battery needs to be replaced as I have had it so long. Do you guys ever clean the heatpipe? I have to clean mine once a month or te system starts to hang and foul up. + 0 Votes Same problem *BUMP* Disgrountled 3 years ago Hello I have the same issue. Acer Aspire 5100 Freezed keyboard+mouse+usb ports Reseted bios (from J2 jumper and/or removing battery) no change in bios version or commands from usb/mouse/usb ports Booted from HDD (with windows XP installed) no change Can`t install windows vista/7 on that HDD ( no compatible slot for HDD *PATA* on another computer ) Booted from CD (linux) by removing HDD Linux does not recognize keyboard or mouse or usb (key/mouse) Question is : Should I get a PCMCIA card with USB?Would the computer automaticaly recognize the PCMCIA card so I can attach a keyboard/mouse too it?Will the latest bios update fix my problem if the above will work? Please reply ASAP.Thanks alot Best Regards + 0 Votes Aspire 5100 Touchpad Issue Dowayne 3 years ago I have had my laptop for about 5-6 years and I know that I will have it for a lot longer. I have had an issue with my touchpad for about 3 years because the left side button broke and they was going to take about two months to fix it. I could not go that long without my laptop at the time. Then when I checked it was too much to pay to get a new one. Now, I am trying to find one that I can buy to replace it. Anyone have any ideas on where or how much I can get one for? As far as how long a laptop should work for.... There is no reason that you can't get at least 10 years out of any pc whether it is a desktop or laptop. You just need to do proper maintenance and take care of the computer. Just like anything that you own. Just wanted to add my two cents. Good luck on getting your pcs fixed. + 0 Votes Acer Aspire 5500 Series catalyst9 3 years ago Thanks to all who answered/clarified this MANUFACTURER issue because this will NEVER get resolved until Acer addresses the obvious design flaw in their computers. My Acer hasn't worked for a month and they want me to ship it to Texas for repairs....unfortunately, I will have no money until May for UPS/Fedex and have to go to the local library to submit my school finals....GRRrrr!! I WILL email firstname.lastname@example.org to hopefully get this issue resolved because I can't afford to GIVE a business $400 AND their product doesn't work for SHOOT!!!