I have owned my Acer Iconia 6120 laptop, for about 8 months now. From the beginning, I have had nothing but problems regarding the Ghost Touch issue. This is where the mouse starts clicking by itself, all over the screen, and you are left helpless, watching it click its way over the screen. Sometimes it stops, sometimes it goes for days, and even with a reboot, or system recovery, it still happens. There is no help from Acer, unless you want to get charged for replacing the hardware, which in my case, the warranty is up, so I am screwed. So….what do you do. I have stumbled on a temporary fix.
However, it takes away from two of the things, that brought me to buy this machine in the first place. It takes away the lower screen, and the touch capability. However, with this fix, it is usable, and I have not had the ghost touch syndrome ever since. I have seen suggestions of putting the screen in a certain position, or taking the battery out, these do not fix the issue. I have tried my method 3 times now, and it has never came back, at all! I will say, this should be a temporary solution, because like I said, you have no lower screen, and the touch capabilities are not used. But, you have basically a decent laptop, that you use a keyboard with. Portability is also an issue, but really, considering how heavy this beast is, portability was always out. What I have found is there seems to be a conflict between the virtual keyboard software, and the hardware. I have found a way to turn this off, well, not actually turn it off, but not install it. Again, this is a temporary fix, unless you want to keep it permanent, like me, or until I can afford to get it fixed from Acer.
Here is what you need to do.
1. You need a copy of Windows 7, and a usb keyboard, and a mouse. You are basically making your laptop into a desktop, but it is better than a useless piece of metal and plastic that clicks all over your screen. If you can live with it, then don’t bother with this, but I couldn’t. So, get your copy of Windows 7, even download it from torrent or buy a new copy. If you download it, I am not encouraging you to use pirated software, but a clean copy, where you will use the serial number from your machine.
2. Very Important! Download all of the drivers needed for your acer Iconia 6120 here. http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/drivers.
3. Once you get the copy, install it, make it a clean install, meaning you do not want to upgrade it. This will give you all the windows software, but none of the Acer software. After you install it, install all of the Acer drivers except for the Touch Driver software.
4.Next you will go to the Control Panel. You are going to disable all of the touch capabilities for the Acer. Click on Tablet PC Settings.
Click on the “Other” Tab. Click on “Go To Pen and Touch
5. On Pen and Touch, un-check the Pen Button options, so there are no check marks.
6. Click the Flicks tab. Un-check the two boxes “Use Flicks…” and “Display Flicks…”
7. Click on Touch tab. Un-check “Use your finger…” and “Enable Multi-touch…”
8. Click on the Apply button, and then exit out of that window.
9. In the Control Panel, got to Display, then click on Screen Resolutions.
10. Where it says Multiple displays, click on the menu, and choose Show desktop only on 1. The 2nd screen will go dark, and the top screen will be the screen that works.
Click apply, then exit out. It may ask you if you want to revert back to original settings, choose No.
This can all be un-done, this is not permanent, nor does it damage the machine. You now have a laptop, that has one screen, without the ghost touch clicking all over your machine. Again, this can be a temporary fix, until you ship it to Acer, of fix it yourself. There is a way to fix the hardware issue, but it is extremely complicated. You are literaly taking the two screens apart and putting the machine back together again. I wouldn’t recommend it to most people, but there are some that may be able to do this. Definitely don’t do this if you have it in warranty still, otherwise, feel free to follow the video. It was the only one I have been able to find, and it is in Spanish. If you have any more information, or links feel free to comment.