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    Question Random Mouse pointer positions (moved)

    I've been having a similar problem. It started as a problem where the mouse pointer would reposition to some other random place and then I'd have to correct the area where the mouse pointer had been at and try to continue typing. It seemed like a problem of the mouse pointer jumping around until I found that it was jumping to wherever I left it to prevent it obscuring what I was typing. I looked on the Internet and found many complaints about the same problem and they seemed to be indicating that the mouse was the problem. And then I saw that on the Internet it was confined to Windows 7, which is what I use. Some of the "fixes" were many and most did not work. One of the fixes suggested that the touch pad had to be turned off. That fix actually cured the problem.......for 10 minutes or so. I tried 5 different mice and they all failed the same way. I began seeing this action attributed to other Win's and it eventually was blaming Windows from Windows 98 through Windows8 and 8.1. And Linux and Mac OS! But I've used every Windows thru Vista and had never experienced this failure before Windows7. And I had used Windows7 for several years and not had the problem. Thru all of that I was having problems in which the system appeared to be hung and the Title would indicate "... Not Responding". And after a pause of up to a minute or two, the "... Not Responding" would go away and the system would again continue as if nothing had happened! Quite often when I continued typing, the whole screen would become very light and I could see whatever was behind the active Window and after this behavior cured itself, the characters I had typed that had not yet displayed would display correctly. All along I had noticed that a single character that I had typed was missing, most of the time it would be a vowel and sometimes a space or h or t! That doesn't make any sense to me either! I have noticed several times that the active window is no longer the active window, but that I suppose could be caused by other things that have happened!

    My anti-virus is AVG and it's updated daily. I've run a full system scan several times, at least 6 times in the last couple of months. Windows7 is updated whenever a new patch is released.

    After a long period of blaming my lack of typing skills, I'm convinced it's not me. It's not a mouse(s) problem. It's not Windows7. For a while I thought that I was the only person in north eastern Arizona with this problem. And then I noticed that a neighbor had the same problem, not as frequent as I though. I can sit at my computer without touching any key, without moving the mouse or touch pad and the problem happens all by itself including positioning the mouse pointer elsewhere. When I purchased this system, the problem didn't happen for a couple of years or more. Since then there has never been an hour when the problem doesn't happen. Usually it waits for at least 3 characters before the problem occurs and sometimes it waits a couple of lines before it happens. In the course of the last 3 months or so, I have re-installed Windows7 twice and Dell has done that once.

    My system is a Dell Inspiron N7010 64 bit laptop running Windows7-64 which does not have overheat problems, but I use a cooler pad anyway.

    Typing that last sentence, it got all the way into the word PROBLEMS. I had the mouse pointer on an empty space on the desktop on the far right. It quit displaying typed characters after the letter B and an icon on the far left was lit up just like when I had clicked once on it and of course I hadn't. In typing this paragraph, it got the first letter before failing and then 3 more times in that first sentence.

    Is this related to the problem this thread? Can anyone help?????

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    Do you have something producing interference very close to your mouse? Mobile phone, router, two way radio?

    cheers, Paul

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    @ partner:

    If your Dell has an Alps touchpad, there is a utility that kills the touchpad if a USB mouse is attached, whether wired or wireless. Perhaps other touchpad manufacturers have a similar utility. If this is a wireless mouse, voltage changes can cause such problems; weak batteries, batteries slightly loose in the connector, etc. I use a Microsoft Wireless 5000 Keyboard/Mouse combo, and occasionally I get weird pointer actions, so I open the battery compartment and give the batteries a jiggle/spin in place, and the pointer actions return to normal.

    In Control Panel > Mouse > Mouse Properties > Pointer Options tab, put a check beside "Hide pointer while typing" and you won't have to worry about moving the mouse pointer in Word, WordPad or Notepad. However, this doesn't necessarily work on a web page, such as this Reply to Thread textbox, but the typing cursor (looks like a thin capital "I", only taller) doesn't really get in the way, and stays still.

    >>>Edit: I've moved these post to a new thread<<<
    Last edited by bbearren; 2015-01-19 at 08:31. Reason: different issue
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Quote Originally Posted by partner View Post
    I tried 5 different mice and they all failed the same way.
    Are they all wireless mice? It's really the typing cursor which jumps around rather than the mouse pointer, isn't it?

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    Your problem sounds like an active touchpad even though a mouse is attached, which is not uncommon with many laptops. This link is to Dell Support for the latest available driver for your laptop's touchpad. If you haven't installed this driver already, give it a try. It may well have an option to disable the touchpad when a mouse is attached to the laptop.

    For future reference, to start a New Thread, navigate to the main page of the forum in which you wish to post. In this case it would be Windows 7 Forum. At the top of this page you'll see a button labeled "+Reply to Thread". Just above that button is the Windows Secrets path to this thread: "Home > Lounge > Windows > Windows 7 Forum > Random Mouse pointer position (moved)". In that path, every entry except the title of the current thread, "Random Mouse pointer position (moved)" is a hyperlink.

    To post a New Thread in the Windows 7 Forum, click on the hyperlink, "Windows 7 Forum". The Windows Secrets path now reads "Home > Lounge > Windows > Windows 7 Forum". Now, "Windows 7 Forum" is no longer a hyperlink. Just below the Lounge path is a new button labeled "Post New Thread". Click on that button and it will take you to the "New Thread" page, where you can start a new thread, and give it an appropriate title that relates to the problem for which you seek a solution. To see how the wording and layout of your new thread will look, click "Preview Post" at the bottom right just below the textbox.

    A preview of your new thread as it would appear is shown above the textbox. You can edit your new thread in the textbox, and click the Preview button again, to see how your edited revisions will look. Once you're satisfied with the wording and layout of your new thread, click "Submit New Thread", and a hyperlink consisting of the title you chose for your new thread will now appear in Windows 7 Forum.
    Last edited by bbearren; 2015-01-19 at 10:46.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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