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Can't stop screen scrolling after using scroll bar.

by tjaway / February 5, 2014 12:42 AM PST

Windows XP SP3.
I've bought an old NEC Versa laptop for a back up machine. Everything works properly except that in any window with a side scroll bar (email, IE and Chrome etc.) after using the bar to scroll up or down to the part of the page I want, I move the cursor over to the target place but as soon as the cursor comes away from the bar, the page goes crazy and whizzes up and down every time I move the cursor left or right, even slightly. It makes it impossible to get to where I want to. I've tried everything I know or can guess at with no luck. Eventually, and at random it settles down for no reason that I can find or repeat and then it's fine until I use the scroll bar again. Thanks for any help that anyone can give.

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Could be many things.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 5, 2014 1:02 AM PST
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Re. Could be many things.
by tjaway / February 5, 2014 9:01 PM PST
In reply to: Could be many things.

Thanks Bob, I like the Linux idea but I have several programmes that only work with Windows, do you know if there is a compatible mode within Linux or as an add-on so that I could run these please? e.g. Alpha 5.
Trevor.

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Well (that's a deep thought.)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 6, 2014 1:54 AM PST

We'll always have Virtual Box which we can install XP and old apps in.

Have you ever explored Virtual Box? Why I ask is that at the office we took an XP Pro installed in Virtual Box then installed some old app. When we copied the VM (it's a file) to another machine running another host OS we installed Virtual Box and opened the old XP Pro and apps without any issue. Many heads exploded at that point.
Bob

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Well (that's a deep thought.)
by tjaway / February 6, 2014 4:48 AM PST

Thanks, Bob, That sounds really useful, I'll look into it.

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check mouse properties
by James Denison / February 5, 2014 11:30 AM PST

You may have a setting in it which sets it to do exactly that. I always turn that function off. Usually I just run with the standard windows driver instead of the one the mouse maker supplies which has that feature included. Some of them come up with a little circle and arrows on either side to indicate it's working.

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check mouse properties
by tjaway / February 6, 2014 4:50 AM PST
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Thank you James, I've looked at that and the drivers are Microsoft's and of course it's a laptop. I might borrow an external mouse and try that.

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Re. check mouse properties
by tjaway / February 9, 2014 1:20 AM PST
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Hi James,
When I re-read your post I thought of re-installing the driver from the original NEC versa. I found a more recent version on a drivers site and the problem is solved. So for anyone else with a similar problem, find the latest touchpad driver for this machine and try that.
Thanks to you and all the helped.
Trevor.

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(NT) great!
by James Denison / February 11, 2014 8:27 AM PST

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