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    Question [ SOLVED ] Touch pad silencer?

    The touch pad button on this thing sounds like I'm shooting off a handgun. Anybody found any clever ways to quiet it down without totally ruining the responsiveness? I've messed around a bit with various types of tape, felt, and some foam craft sheet, but nothing has really helped so far. I think a lot of the issue stems from the keyboard dock being so devoid of electronics and providing a lovely resonance chamber.

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    Don't actually click down. Tap once to perform a left click or tap with 2 fingers to perform a right click.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FusiveR View Post
    Don't actually click down. Tap once to perform a left click or tap with 2 fingers to perform a right click.
    I've never been very fond of tap-to-click. On most devices (including the t100), there's a noticeable delay registering clicks vs. the hardware buttons. And Asus "Smart" Gesture makes the two-finger tap particularly unreliable.

    Anyway, I got a couple more ideas to play with later from reading about other laptops with this issue. Hopefully one of them will quiet it down a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by db2 View Post
    The touch pad button on this thing sounds like I'm shooting off a handgun. Anybody found any clever ways to quiet it down without totally ruining the responsiveness? I've messed around a bit with various types of tape, felt, and some foam craft sheet, but nothing has really helped so far. I think a lot of the issue stems from the keyboard dock being so devoid of electronics and providing a lovely resonance chamber.
    Here's an idea,

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    Sorry, couldn't resist.
    Rick, loving my T100TA-C1-GR Z3740 64GB Win 10
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    Alright, after a LOT of disassembly/experimenting/reassembly, I think I've got a pretty good fix. You need some of that protective foam wrap that's occasionally used to protect monitors, TVs, or laptops so they don't get scuffed up inside the box during shipping. Tear apart the keyboard dock using the standard procedure, remove the touch pad, and put a couple strips of that foam into the channel where the touch pad button rests. I'm not sure how standard the thickness of this stuff is, so you might have to play around with the number of layers until you get the right amount of silencing without harming the feel. In my case, I needed two layers. This photo should explain what you have to do:

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    It's blissfully quiet now! The button requires a tiny bit more force, but it's pretty negligible.

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    That is F-ing brillant! Once my 365 days are up, I think'll be tearing in to my dock to do this!

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    It's mostly a matter of fiddling with the thickness and firmness of the surface the button presses against. I got the idea from hearing that certain MacBook models have a small screw you can adjust that gives the same effect, i.e. raising and lowering that surface. It's just that here we don't have a screw to do that, so we have to experiment with layering materials of various thicknesses.

    I changed up my formula a little bit, and put one layer of electrical tape over the center area where the button makes contact, and one layer of foam padding across the whole well. That seems to have struck a happy medium between the amount of silencing vs. how the button feel is affected. I'll stick with this for now, or until I suddenly think of something more promising.

 

 

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