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Scared mouse. . .

by N.T.Gray / December 1, 2004 2:38 AM PST

Mouse, touchpad. . .whatever.

I don't know if this is an OS or a hardware problem, but I suspect OS.

I have a Dell Inspiron 4000 laptop running WinME, and recently the mouse arrow has begun to drift annoyingly. This morning it totally panicked, and ran into the upper left corner and hid there, and I couldn't coax it out. A normal reboot from the keyboard didn't fix it. An illegal reboot by holding the power button, with a scandisk session upon re-start, fixed it. For now, anyway.

Any ideas what's causing this problem and how it can be fixed properly?

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Nobody else has seen this problem?
by N.T.Gray / December 3, 2004 2:10 AM PST
In reply to: Scared mouse. . .

Two days and no response? Isn't there anybody out there who has seen this problem before?

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I think I found it. . .
by N.T.Gray / December 9, 2004 4:24 AM PST
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I think I found it. Maybe. Although I don't know why a normal reboot wouldn't help, but an illegal hard boot with scandisk seems to improve it.

Had the problem recur just now, hard re-booted, and it got better. Then minutes later the pointer started running again, and got stuck in the corner. Couldn't get it to move with the touchpad.

The "eraser" (joystick? What's that thing properly called, anyway? I never use it. . .) was able to get the pointer unstuck. I'm thinking the original problem is a problem with the joystick, not the OS. I mesed with it a while, and got the pointer back to behaving normally.

Has anybody else experienced a similar problem? Is this frequent? Is there a good way to do something to the joystick so it stops behaving that way?


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Just me commenting.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 9, 2004 4:53 AM PST

The office machines never see this issue. I can only guess its because we never install a mouse driver.


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Nope, that wasn't it. . .
by N.T.Gray / December 10, 2004 12:47 AM PST

Happened again, and when I played with the joystick, it was like flying an airplaine with the autopilot on and malfunctioning. By pressing on the joystick just so, I could keep the pointer stationary, but as soon as I released pressure, the darn thing started running across the screen. But after about two minutes of this nonsense, it went back to normal.

OK, anybody got any idea why the pointer is doing this?


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i might have a solution
by rwp_17 / March 30, 2005 10:37 AM PST

i have never owned a laptop
but if it is a joystisk did you check to see if it was alligned properly. if not that might just be the issue

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