Laptop Trackpad: Can you take it off?

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So, Let's just say I have an old laptop lying around. If I took it apart and somehow managed to dissassemble all but the trackpad, would there be any possiblity that I could use the trackpad (connected to a usb) on my PC?
 

USAFRet

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So, Let's just say I have an old laptop lying around. If I took it apart and somehow managed to dissassemble all but the trackpad, would there be any possiblity that I could use the trackpad (connected to a usb) on my PC?
I'm not going to say it is "absolutely impossible".

But you'll have no driver for it, and connecting it is NOT simply 'USB'.
 
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I'm not going to say it is "absolutely impossible".

But you'll have no driver for it, and connecting it is NOT simply 'USB'.
ok, thanks! I was just wondering, because that would be cool it I didn't have to pay money for a trackpad, but instead could just reuse an old laptop.
 

NightHawkRMX

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From what I recall, laptop trackpads typically use a ps2 interface, but of course not a standard plug. If you are handy with a soldering iron and can find a pinout, you might be able to make it work.

And you could possibly use the drivers from the laptop when using it with a desktop.
 

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