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Who keeps moving my cursor?
Published on January 15, 2008 By wulfn1 In Personal Computing
Ok peoples,
Here's what's happening:

I have a gateway 505m laptop. It has a synaptics touchpad (with the most updated drivers available) and every couple days it gives me a warning prompt that there is another pointing device on my computer and it is shutting down to let that one work. thing is, I don't have another pointing device. now the problem arises when my cursor decides it wants to go somewhere other than where I am pointing it and just jumps there.combine that with a keyboard glitch that causes the cursor to jump one line up when I tap the apostrophe button or shift + quote highlights the whole line.
it is sometimes funny, but most times frustrating and I am hoping someone out there has a clue why this is happening or how to correct it.
Any ideas?
thanks for reading  
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on Jan 15, 2008
There is only one cure for a jumping mouse:



 . . . and now we wait for yrag for the real answer.   
on Jan 15, 2008
hmmmmm I useta have one o dem.....
there are times I wish it were that simple! especially when I am not paying attention and the cursor jumps to a different window and I click before checking.... closed too many things that way!!
on Jan 15, 2008
oh ya.. it sometimes drops down a right click menu.( not the program type, but the applications dropdown)
on Jan 15, 2008
nobody has any ideas? bummer...
maybe I should get one of those computer catz.....
on Jan 15, 2008
I got an equally weird problem with my mouse/cursor... sometimes my pointer will crab sideways across the screen without me touching the mouse... all by itself, like.

The mouse is a cordless Logitech... and no, there are no other cordless mice/mouses within cooee/nearby to cause interference.

maybe I should get one of those computer catz.....


Yeah, mee too... just in case I got one o' them pesky varmints in the machine.
on Jan 15, 2008
this is what happened when I tried to open forum page. mouse jumped to that spot and right click type menu appeared.


pic must not be working 4 me
http://wulfn1.wincustomize.com/
I will get it right yet!
on Jan 15, 2008
wulfn1, I spotted your problem right away....you're using a Gateway!

Seriously, though, I get the same problem as cap'n starkers. My cursor will just start crabbing sideways (or even up/down) of its own accord. Kind of curious as to why......
on Jan 15, 2008
lol ya it's a gateway, but it was free (sisterinlaw reformatted and thought she broke it bought a new one and gave me this one lol)
actually my optical mouse on my desktop does that too, but I know alot of it has to do with the eye bouncing off the mousepad, especially if there is lint or something on it.also happens if I lift it slightly and dont reallize I did.
this touchpad does that (crabbing) as well as jumping to odd spots just to be contrary, and opening up right click menus as I show in my desktop pic.

on Jan 15, 2008

Seriously, though, I get the same problem as cap'n starkers.


Oh, you dunno how glad I am you said that... not that I'm happy about your situation, but that now I know I'm not 'seeing' things/going nuts. Yep, if the puter catz didn't work, I was gonna look thru the Yellow Pages for an exorcist.
on Jan 15, 2008
sometimes my pointer will crab sideways across the screen without me touching the mouse... all by itself, like.

The mouse is a cordless Logitech


I have a Logitech Cordless Trackball which did the same thing. I took the cover off and cleaned the inside and the problem stopped.
on Jan 15, 2008
apparently, touchpads are a mystery everywhere. couldn't find anything on the synaptics or the gateway site to answer my question, and evidently no one here has any ideas either. guess I just get used to the wandering cursor and go back to enjoying life . Thanks to those who did respond, the humor did help alot.
on Jan 15, 2008
I was gonna look thru the Yellow Pages for an exorcist.


cap'n, as a general warning, holy water and PCs don't mix......
on Jan 16, 2008
cap'n, as a general warning, holy water and PCs don't mix......


Thank ye fer tha warnin' thar... tho me finks tha priest I knows uses whiskey.
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