A touchpad is a pointing input device in a computer that has a touch-sensitive surface and is able to read the user’s finger’s motion.
It has a tactile sensor under a small panel that can sense a finger’s motion and position and let the mouse pointer act according to it on the computer display. A touchpad may not work due to various reasons. Unresponsive after being in sleep mode is one of them.
Now we will know why this issue happens and how to deal with it.
Why Touchpad Does Not Work After Sleep?
There could be various reasons for the inactivity of the touchpad. Such as –
- Missing component or outdated driver.
- Operating system may get lagged.
- System contain corrupted files or have deficient hardware.
- Touchpad driver could be damaged or using an older version.
- Touchpad settings may have been disabled.
- Dust could get stuck inside the touchpad.
Symptoms of Unresponsive Touchpad
This issue can be simulated after finishing the boot process. Later, when desktop is ready, shut the lid on the laptop or go to sleep from the power button menu. Now,
- After waking up from sleep mode forthwith, it will be noticeable that the touchpad won’t function.
- Although users can move the mouse pointer, any taps will not be performed.
- Right and left click buttons are also no longer functional.
- The active window will not response as usual whenever users tap on the touchpad.
How to Fix ‘Touchpad Not Working After Sleep Windows 10’ Issue
The quick fix for this problem is to restart the computer. It will allow the touchpad to perform flawlessly like usual times. But obviously, this cannot be the permanent solution. So, there are some solutions that can fix this problem properly and permanently.
Install suitable touchpad driver:
Step 1: Search for which driver is compatible with the system. The laptop manufacturers suggest suitable drivers for specific models. Users can get the information online as it is available on the manufacturer’s website.
Step 2: Write down your computer’s model name to search it.
Step 3: Check for and download the latest version of the driver.
Step 4: Install the driver and restart the computer.
After this, the touchpad must get fully functional.
Using generic driver:
If updating and reinstalling the driver fails, the user can use the generic driver in-built Windows.
Step 1: Go to Start menu, then Settings. Search for “Device Manager”, and select it.
Step 2: Locate TouchPad driver in Mice and other pointing devices. Right-click on it.
Step 3: Select Update driver software.
Step 4: Choose to Browse my computer for driver software.
Step 5: Again, choose Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
Now, perform according to the given instructions.
Modification in device manager:
Step 1: Open ‘Device Manager‘.
Step 2: Locate and expand the “Intel(R) Serial IO 12C host Controller – XXXX” (connects the mouse and touchpad).
Step 3: Right-click to open up Properties. Then disable the “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power“.
Step 4: Now, search and double-click the TouchPad.
Step 5: Click the Power Management tab and mark “Allow this device to wake the computer“.
Using the Hardware Troubleshooter:
Step 1: Connect an external USB mouse.
Step 2: Click on Start.
Step 3: Go to Settings.
Step 4: Select Update & security then Troubleshoot.
Step 5: Scroll down to find Hardware and Devices.
Step 6: Select Run the Troubleshooter.
Step 7: Restart the computer.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do I unfreeze my touchpad on Windows 10?
Using Function keys, you can turn the touchpad on and off. Some laptops have a Function (Fn) key. When combined with one of the F1-F12 function keys, it allows enabling and disabling the touchpad. To turn off and on the touchpad, press both chosen shortcut keys at a time.
- Use Windows key.
- Select Settings.
- Go to Touchpad settings.
- Find Touchpad On/Off toggle switch.
- Turn the touchpad on by switching it to On.
Why is my Synaptic Touchpad not responding after sleep?
This problem could happen if any hardware settings become corrupted. In this matter, the hardware and device troubleshooting will be very much helpful.
- Go to Control Panel.
- Write “Troubleshooting” and select it.
- Go through Hardware and Sound to find “Configure a device“. Click it to open “Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter”.
- Select “Next” to continue troubleshooting.
- If any problem appears then “Apply this fix” message will be prompted.
At the end, the issues will be fixed. Even, if any items that could not be fixed will be listed.
Temporary inactivity of the touchpad is a very common issue with laptops. It is not very much complicated unless you have an extra USB mouse. That’s why always have a backup external keyboard and a mouse in case internal ones are damaged or unresponsive. I hope these solutions may provide you with proper help and you can overcome the issue.