My laptop is possessed

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  1. jd019

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    So I just got a laptop through my school. I'm thrilled:D as my desk top at home is so slow. I have noticed though that my laptop will click on links, when I'm not even touching the "mouse pad" buttons- if I just hoover over it to look at it, it will click on it. Also, and this is the MOST frustrating, when I type the cursor will often jump back up into the text in previous sentences. I figured I was maybe hitting the "mouse pad" to move the cursor but that is not the case. Any suggestions on how to fix these issues? I don't want to bother the tech guys at school as they are swamped.:huh:
     
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  3. bros

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    Go into the control panel and look at the mouse settings.
     
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    Bros- Is there a specific setting/function I should look for? nothing jumps out.
     
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    I would ask the tech people at your school. It is their job.
     
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    turn on your popup blocker but the D%$# Bing pop up anyhow
     
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    What brand is it and what model (Like HP Pavilion)
     
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    put a post it over it. Mine does that too and it is infuriating.
     
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    It's a Dell.
     
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    My Dell does it too and nobody believes me! Let me know if you figure out a setting. By now, I've trained myself to let the cursor hover in a dead space.
     
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    jd~is there a blue button in the middle of the keyboard? That could be the reason. We have dells and they have this, and it was doing this all the time with me. There's a way to turn it off, but I didn't see how the tech people did it.
     
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    No blue button- tech guys here I come!
     
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    Okay. What do you see when you look in the settings for mouse.

    Also, you should see if there is anything in the control panel like "synaptic" as that tends to be the touchpad for most laptops.

    You might want to just disable the touchpad and get your own little $20 USB mouse :p
     
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    Mine does it, too....drives me crazy!! Mine is a hp EliteBook 8440p. Anyone who can help stop my cursor jumping all over the place. Sometimes, it even jumps to a new site or deletes what I have typed....grrrrr!! :)
     
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    Yes, my cursor jumps as well. It didn't do it on this computer until dh installed Windows 7, though. Grrrr-Windows 7 has RUINED my computer in so many ways...
     
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    What don't you like?
     
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    I lost my Windows suite when dh loaded it, because it stripped all my programs off. This means I can't use powerpoint, which I use to design all my classroom activity sheets and business receipts. My cursor now jumps and when I bring the mouse anywhere near the bottom of the screen, the bars at the bottom open into larger pictures, covering what I need to get at. There are other annoyances as well. I don't like change, pretty simple.
     
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    1. http://www.openoffice.org/

    2. Check your mouse settings

    3. Follow this guide: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...7-taskbar-work-more-like-windows-xp-or-vista/

    I too, hate change, but didn't feel like downgrading my laptop to xp/vista
     
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    I have an Acer with Vista. If does the same thing. I'm to the point I don't even like using it. If I can't do it at school I don't do it.
     
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    It is my school laptop that I am having trouble with...I use the touchpad with it. It also has one of those round, little touch devices on the keyboard right above the 'B' key that I had never seen before. Don't know if "that" is the problem, or if it is because of the Windows 7. We, too, have been having problems since it was installed on our laptops...our laptops are new, though, too, this fall.

    Besides the jumping cursor problems, Windows 7 drops the wireless connection all the time. I will be right in the middle of using a flipchart or streaming a video or using Accelerated Math with my students, and it drops the wireless....it is so frustrating and it seems that many across our state who updated to Windows 7 are experiencing the same problems...frustrating! :)
     

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