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Scroll bar moves by itself, gets stuck on bottom

by Cali-Cowgirl / September 18, 2012 8:12 AM PDT

Actually, several issues began a few weeks ago on my laptop. Here's a list:

*scroll bar malfunction, will not scroll back up (just sinks to the bottom), or jumps around, firefox and windows xp

*cursor wanders to right dozens of spaces when trying to type, no visible characters, in various programs, search bars, etc.

*Space bar stops working on and off

*Icons/ selection boxes won't select, select themselves (ie, when I go to stand by/ shut down, stand by is already selected, can't select anything else)

*movies stall repeatedly (pause on their own, netflix)

*AVG shows pop up message (during movies): Firefox is using a large amount of memory, tells me to close and reopen

help!!!!! I have work to do/get and I don't know how to fix this- my Toshiba is old, but so far a diehard. I ran the temporary trial of AVG PC Tune-up & 1-Click Maintenance , it was better for about 40 minutes..... thanx

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Where do I start.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 18, 2012 8:18 AM PDT

That's a statement, not a question.

1. I disable the touchpad and plug in a mouse.
2. For the space bar I wait a while to see if item 1 helps. If not, I use an USB keyboard and order a new keyboard. At this point I've already used the canned air to get the hair and crumbs out.
3. AVG can be too touchy. I ignore it since movies on a web browser should use a lot of memory.

The stalling causes are all over the map from using wifi for streaming to a machine that has never seen canned air. More reading at;threadListing

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Thanks R
by Cali-Cowgirl / September 18, 2012 8:54 AM PDT

I cleaned it about 6 months ago, could try going deeper I guess... The movies don't stop streaming, the pause button gets turned on and off by itself. Thought bad driver(s) might be the problem, I am not educated about such things.... Am learning as I go. I live on an island, so external devices are not easy to come by. Thought the question was obvious- what can I do to trouble shoot like crazy???? lol Maybe I better get on a friend's computer and order a new laptop....

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Around here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 18, 2012 9:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks R

PC desktops are thrown out all the time so USB keyboards are plentiful. And a common sight at any office supply store.

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this worked
by eldoradochick / December 12, 2012 4:33 AM PST

omg the EXACT same thing was happening. i searched all over the net for answers and came across your post. i tried what the other person said with the mouse and disabling the touchpad and still nothing. then i realised it was the keyboard. i removed my spacebar key since it wasn't working and i cleaned it. i lifted the black thin paper like film under there and cleaned there too with a damp cloth. now my spacebar is working and the scrolling stopped. i almost cried today because this problem was frustrating me so much

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Thanks for the update.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 12, 2012 4:44 AM PST
In reply to: this worked

If folk will share more, we learn more.

In your case I would have swapped in a working keyboard. You can imagine that at the shop we can't fix such and warrant such a fix. A few regulars we can give them the option but many consumers are litigious and we have to do it the right way to avoid issues later.

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you're welcome
by eldoradochick / December 12, 2012 7:23 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks for the update.

yup still no scrolling hours later after dealing with this for over 2 months. wish i had known to do it sooner

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