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Cursor spontaneously skipping to another location

by dlcole / December 29, 2009 2:19 AM PST

I have a MacBook Pro, aluminum running Snow Leopard, 10.6.2.

When I type something, there are times when my cursor will spontaneously skip to another location. As an example: if I am typing this, the cursor might jump to the subject title area.I have been very careful to not touch the trackpad and still have this trouble. I posted this problem some time ago, but had no help or information about this at all. It is getting quite frustrating and I am hoping that someone out there will have a clue about this and perhaps a solution.

Would greatly appreciate any help with this.


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Take it to the genius bar
by rnauth1418 / December 29, 2009 11:45 PM PST

Have you taken it to the apple store? I think that would be the first step, as this seems to be a defective hardware issue.

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skipping cursor
by dlcole / December 30, 2009 5:19 AM PST

It's a long trip and I was hoping that It might be something to do firmware that Apple might address, hopefully soon.

Thanks for the suggestion, I appreciate it and if it does get worse, I might have to wind up taking the 1 1/2 hour trip to Tampa.


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Or making a phone call to
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 30, 2009 10:20 PM PST
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Apple support


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I have the same problem
by rebreid / January 4, 2010 6:02 AM PST

Exactly the same thing is happening to me (MacBook Pro / 10.5.8). When I use the cursor to highlight text to be deleted so that replacement text can be entered, the cursor will suddenly skip for no apparent reason, increasing the highlighted area in the process, and deleting way more than the originally highlighted text. This all happens in an instant. I'm a translator, and if I'm not careful to watch out for this happening I can lose whole chunks of text without realizing. It now means that I have to go over relatively simple translations word by word to make sure nothing was accidentally deleted.

I did take it to the Genius Bar about a month ago. Of course I couldn't get the problem to repeat itself on-site, and when I explained what was happening, I was told they had never heard of such a thing and that it was probably due to a problem between the Mac and Office software. Which would work as an explanation if it hadn't happened occasionally with Mail. This is a real problem professionally and I wish Apple would admit there is a problem, and not just with one computer...

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Unwanted curser skipping
by dlcole / January 4, 2010 6:07 AM PST

I had posted this problem a few months ago and only got 1 response from someone who had the same problem.
I was hoping that if I/we could find enough folks that have the same problem, Apple/The Genius Bar, would take this seriously.

Thank you for replying and I hope that we can hear from others as well!


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Re: Unwanted cursor skipping
by rebreid / January 4, 2010 6:17 AM PST

I found this thread through googling because I was so frustrated with this problem today. I came across a bunch of similar problems, but not exactly the same (e.g. happens when the laptop is attached to an external display, cursor skipping randomly over screen whereas mine tends to go up just a few lines, cursor only skipping when airport is searching for a network...). Anyway, I'm going to try getting Apple on the phone this week. The phone techs might have more of an idea than the Genius Bar techs. I will be sure and let you know if anything positive comes out of it. I will also try posting on some of the Mac forums.

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Similar issue
by hdh2 / May 25, 2010 1:22 AM PDT

I found this to be the issue recently on my Macbook. It seems to have something to do with me leaning my wrists on the sides of the trackpad (it doesn't even have to be close). I wish Apple would post a solution to this, as I don't have time to take a trip to the Apple Store.

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Mouse keys might be set
by centurion48 / May 25, 2010 3:38 PM PDT
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