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Laptop "acting on its own"

Okay, so I've got a Acer laptop, cirka 5-6 years old. It has recently started to do things on its own, like expand a Youtube video, create folders, etc, at random. When I go to create a folder, I have to type in the name really quickly, as when I type, it'll stop typing, & act as if I clicked somewhere else, or left the folder. I also can't watch any video online in fullscreen, since after about 5 sec, it'll automatically minimize the size. I have done countless virus searches, but nothing comes up. I don't really know what else I can do, as I am not great with computers.. It hasn't broken my laptop so far, so it's nothing horrible, it just gets really annoying.. Any help would be appreciated!

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Re: laptop acting on its own

It's either a hardware issue or a software issue.

I'd start with downloading, burning (to DVD) and booting from a Linux disk. If it behaves normally then, it's a Windows issue. Then go back to factory conditons. If it behaves just as strange in Linux it's a hardware issue, and then it's time for a new laptop.

Kees

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Re:Re: laptop acting on its own

Could you clarify what you mean with the Linux part/ Sorry, my first language isn't English, so it's just a bit hard to understand.

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Re: Linux

1. Goto to http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php
2. Download the 32-bit version.
3a. Burn the iso to a DVD, or
3b. Install it on a USB-stick using the universal usb installer from http://www.pendrivelinux.com/
These 3 steps can be done on any PC you like.

4. Boot from that DVD and stick on your laptop.

Now you're running Linux! Open Firefox browser and start looking video's online. What happens? Then open terminal and start typing (don't press enter, because then it will try to process the command and if that happens to be "delete all data from my hard disk", well, you wouldn't like that). Then open the LibreOffice word processor and make a nice document. All fine? Then your hardware seems OK.

Kees

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