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Another crazy mouse problem

by abarchman / December 31, 2012 5:12 AM PST

I have seen other cursor problems on various forums, but nothing like this.

I have an Acer AO722 notebook computer. The problem that I am having is that the touchpad repeatedly clicks the left button by itself. If I rest the cursor over the start button, the menu continually appears/disappears. The same happens when rested over the little arrow in the tray area. Moving the cursor activates any icons it may pass over. I can disable the mouse via the keypad with the fn+F7 keys and can use an external mouse without problem. If I re-enable the touch with the external mouse connected, the touch will not do its thing until the pad is touched. So once I put my finger on it, it starts it repeating clicks. If I reboot into safe mode, the problem is still there.

Any questions for clarification are welcome.

I would like to solve this because I do not always have a smooth surface on which to use a mouse.

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So it needs repairs?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2012 5:15 AM PST

Some folk don't want to fix this so we unplug the pad inside or disable it in some control panel.
Bob

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I carry a mouse pad, use a notebook mouse & disable touchpad
by wpgwpg / December 31, 2012 5:22 AM PST

I'm convinced that touchpads are masochist devices invented by evil demons. Grin I bought a Microsoft Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 and mouse pad and disabled the touchpad and have lived happily ever after. I can re-enable the touchpad via the keyboard when I absolutely have to, but I sure avoid that most of the time. You can go into the mouse applet of the Control Panel and adjust the sensitivity and what happens with the corners, but I never found a combination that works anywhere near as well as a real mouse.

Good luck.

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I like the touchpad much better myself
by abarchman / December 31, 2012 5:30 AM PST

I am of the opposite view. I would much rather use the touchpad. If I have to use a real mouse, I will I guess. It makes me want to go back to my old Windows XP notebook.

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Look in the Control Panel ...
by Edward ODaniel / December 31, 2012 11:29 AM PST

for mouse settings and see if yours has sensitivity settings for touchpad. Some have a touchpad coltrol icon in the notification area.

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Not related to sensitivity
by abarchman / January 1, 2013 7:03 AM PST

I did as you suggested and adjusted sensitivity to various levels to no avail. The sensitivity would be for when I am touching the touchpad. But all I have to do is to tap the pad when active and it starts repeatedly clicking itself. The sensitivity would be utilized upon the initial tap, not to the unattended clicking that takes place as I am certainly not touching anything.

I forgot to mention that it was fine for about six months. Then one thing that I did was to change the color setting of the titlebar of each window. I believe it started soon after that. I say this because I have seen other forums where some cursor or color change has been made right before any trouble. Even though these issues seem unrelated, I have noted a high correlation between setting changes and cursor problems.

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If that's it then system restore would fix it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 1, 2013 7:07 AM PST

But touchpad issues are legendary. Your shop counters will reload the OS most of the time and if that doesn't fix it they change pads and mainboards. You seasoned users seem to find the off setting and get a mouse.
Bob

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