thanks guys for the advice but i checked that thread as finished so now i don't get emails to tell me i have a reply
the reason i use the touchpad is because usually i don't have anywhere to use a mouse ie. the sofa arm is too squashy & it's uncomfortable so i would like to get the touchpad working again.
is it going to be worth getting it repaired as the laptop is 3 years old or would i be better off buying a new one. i don't have a clue how much a repair would be.