Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Laptop touchpad/mouse pad salvaging

I was recently given a very old, dead laptop. I soon took it apart to see what parts I could salvage, what parts I could reuse in my projects.

Among the numerous parts there was one that I was interested the most: the mouse pad or touchpad. I was wondering how it is interfaced with the motherboard and if there is a way to use it on its own, like an ordinary PS/2 mouse.
This is the salvaged touchpad, back side. The other side is the actual pad that one touches.