Solved Cursor jumps around while typing on Windows 7 laptop

February 14, 2012 at 11:24:04
Specs: Windows 7, 4 GB
windows 7 ultimate

when I try to type the cursor goes all over the page.


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#1
February 14, 2012 at 12:01:17
Its probably an hardware problem. If you're using a trackball mouse, chances are; there might be dust and dirt that is traped.

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#2
February 14, 2012 at 12:48:14
I'm assuming you're using the laptop's built in touchpad.

If the cursor does not jump around when you're not touching the laptop, there's probably nothing wrong with your touchpad.

Make sure you're not touching the touchpad while you're typing - it's easy to do that unintentionally.

If you place the laptop on a stable surface while you're typing, NOT on something that is not so stable such as your lap, the cursor is a lot less likely to jump around while you're typing.


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#3
February 14, 2012 at 12:52:12
✔ Best Answer

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#4
February 14, 2012 at 18:16:08
Thanks. This solution seems to have worked.

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#5
February 14, 2012 at 19:31:27
For the benefit of anyone who fiinds this subject thread in the future, which solution ?

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#6
February 15, 2012 at 16:14:24
I'm inclined to think it was #3 as this was marked "Best answer".


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#7
February 15, 2012 at 19:11:26
It wasn't marked as "Best answer" when I made response 5.

Activation expired ?
The time limit during which you must activate Windows can certainly expire, but I've never heard of the Windows activation expiring after it had been activated.

In any case, I don't see how that could have had anything to with his problem.

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I haven't started my own subject for a long time, but someone who had started a subject commented a while back, when the ability to flag a post as Best answer was a new feature, that you could NOT change which post was flagged that way, after you had selected it. If you selected a post before the problem was actually solved, which is what he did and I suspect I've seen many times, or if you made a mistake, you could not change it.

Flagging a post as Best answer also adds Solved to the beginning of the title of the subject.

I don't know if that situation has changed.

There have been some subjects flagged as Solved that haven't actually been solved.


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#8
February 15, 2012 at 20:02:24
Maybe I read too much into "This solution" - who knows.

Agreed that often "Best Answers" are awarded (sometimes when the problem is still unsolved), before other answers come along which could be better. There was a lot of chat about this feature in "The Lounge" but this is how it shook out - seems there were problems with however it was implemented. In some cases the poster wouldn't know the difference between good or bad answers anyway.

My view is it worked just fine in the old days before all this Best Answer, Medals, Point Scoring etc, which I regard as a load of unnecessary nonsense. To my mind we should be coming here for the satisfaction of helping others, so no crackpot virtual awards are required. Obviously some folk love it because I've seen posts where the number of "medals" they've got is included in their signature - yuk.


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#9
February 15, 2012 at 22:05:58
Well spoken.

I agree with everthing in your last paragraph, especially.

Did you notice that not long ago, a few days ?, all the response posts had no numbers, then they did again.
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This is my pet peeve.

I hate the blue highlighted and underlined words that don't move, they often make blank spaces in my posts, so I composed and often quote this....

"NOTE that this site uses software that highlights certain words in the text so that they're blue and underlined. If a post is long enough to require scrolling down to see all of it, due to whatever bug or bugs, the highlighted words DO NOT move as you scroll down the text.
When you have scrolled down and you see a blank space where it looks like text should be, hold your mouse cursor briefly over any blue highlighted and underlined word or words that are not in the right place to make them pop into the proper place in the text.
The software seems to only highlight and underline the first occurance of a word or words, in the entire Topic.

The mis-placed blue highlighted and underlined words can be in the post, or above or below the post."
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Another thing is...

I have a Favorites link saved in IE 8 for displaying Replies only on this site.
http://www.computing.net/cgi-bin/my...

It used to work flawlessly.

Now it works fine when I first load IE, but if I answer a new subject, it doesn't always list the new subject in the Tracked posts list when I click on the same Favorites link - I have to refresh the page as well, often, to get the new subjects to appear on the list.

Also, previously, if there were any posts with reples listed, if I clicked on any of them to read them, the ones I clicked on weren't there when I exited the post and went back to the replies only list.
Now, they're all still there, until I refresh the page.

I don't recall changing any setting in IE that would effect that.


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#10
February 16, 2012 at 02:01:10
Obviously some folk love it because I've seen posts where the number of "medals" they've got is included in their signature - yuk.
Jealousy is the root of all evil DEEREK...hahaha!

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#11
February 16, 2012 at 09:37:39
Nah not jealousy because I've got 12 (and an empty potato chip bag)...hahaha!

More seriously tho, they only indicate activity so mean precious little IMO.
In any case all that junk can be seen by posters if they care to click on the name.


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#12
February 16, 2012 at 09:48:06
T&W

The lack of numbers was discussed in The Lounge - they got restored fast.

Yeah I used to hate those blue underlines too but there are various ways to get shot of them. They appear on other websites too but I haven't seen them for years.

In IE I previously used Hosts files and Restricted sites which worked well but you had to work on it over a period to catch them all - bit of a feat because they tried to hide their details.

Currently I use "Simple Adblock" for IE instead (old version), which looks after them all automatically. Later versions had limits on the number it blocked, or you bought the full version. All I had to do is block their website in Hosts and so I don't get the old version updated. It still seems to find them all too. You never see them in Firefox if you have the "Adblock Plus" add-on.

I use the same link button in the Favorites bar too. Can't recall much difficulty but do have to refresh at times. Not sure if this has always been the case or whether it only started happening in more recent times. Possibly due to moving from IE7 to IE8 or IE9 - not sure.


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#13
February 16, 2012 at 12:17:05
"More seriously tho, they only indicate activity so mean precious little IMO."

I agree. Having posted in a particular subject doesn't necessarily indicate you actually helped solved the problem(s), and there are lots of subjects that have not been solved, or haven't been solved or confirmed to be solved because the person who started the subject didn't post back.
There have been many subjects I answered in where no one else but myself kept posting after a short time until the problem was solved, or the person who started the subject stopped posting.

"Yeah I used to hate those blue underlines too but there are various ways to get shot of them. They appear on other websites too but I haven't seen them for years."

I have not seen ANY other web site where they don't move when you scroll down the text.

"I use the same link button in the Favorites bar too. Can't recall much difficulty but do have to refresh at times. Not sure if this has always been the case or whether it only started happening in more recent times. Possibly due to moving from IE7 to IE8 or IE9 - not sure."

It worked fine in IE 8 previously for me, for a long time. I only briefly used IE 7. When I install XP I always load IE 8 soon after. I haven't tried IE 9, unless that's what's built into Vista by default.
I presently have 4 computers running XP Home or Pro, two running one of 98 and 98SE, one computer running Vista / MCE 2005, and a Windows 7 DVD I haven't installed yet.
I have fixed things on other people's computers that are running ME or Vista or Windows 7 or 2000 as well as XP and 98 / 98SE, and on those running Dos before about 2000.



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#14
February 16, 2012 at 12:23:27
"I have not seen ANY other web site where they don't move when you scroll down the text".

Oh, maybe computing.net is a tad unique compared to others. What I used to see on many websites is those wretched things that pop-up whenever you run the mouse over them. I can tolerate adverts as they pay for websites but when they are too much in your face I object. This had led me to get shot of the lot, which kinda backfires on them and defeats their intention.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#15
February 16, 2012 at 14:17:11
On this site...

- Ads require Flash.

- Tool tips (explanatory text) appearing when you hold the cursor over certain icons that have that feature on this site, require Java script. That may also apply to the "balloon" messages that pop up when you place your cursor over some blue and underlined words in the body of the post's text.
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I was still using primarily my 98SE K6-III 450 computer to answer on this site until it deveoped failed capacitors at about the begining of 2011.

I had found previous to that, that the ads and flash were slowing down the display of this site in 98SE with IE 6 SPx way too much, especially when a subject thread was long.

I found and used a tiny program called FlashSwitch which allows you to toggle (Adobe, formerly Macromedia) Flash off / on - you have to exit IE to change it's state - but I still had the problem, not on this site but on other sites, with loading Java code not meant for IE 6.SPx not loading properly, causing long delays loading some web pages.

There are at at least two builds of FlashSwitch 1.1 - build 50 never expires.

When you search for FlashSwitch 1.1 Build 50, some sites don't actually have the download, or actually have the wrong version.
E.g. Wrong version - See my comments below the download here:
http://download.cnet.com/FlashSwitc...

A few obscure web sites have links to the 1.1 build 50 download on their site.

(I tried this - the download is still there)

E.g.
(Russian site)
http://www.softportal.com/software-...

Click on the CKA4Tb tab

Scroll down to CKA4Tb Flash Switch

Click on the second CKA4Tb link under that.
.......

I tried the last version of Netscape with 98SE.

By default, It worked beterr than IE 6, but it still loaded Flash and Java scrpit
For pages where Java script caused a delay, you usually get a message about that and can choose to NOT load that scrpt, the page then loads faster, but you may have the same problem agaIn when you switch web pages.

I found two Firefox plug-ins for it.

If you use a mozilla based browser the same ones will work.

(All these links still work)

Flashblock
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fi...

Disables Adobe Flash features from loading on all web pages, without you getting messages about Flash being disabled - if you want to see the flash feature, click on the gray circle with the F on it
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Web pages can have a lot of Java Script that makes the page load a lot slower , especially on a slower computer.

YesScript
version 1.9 not compatible with Navigator
version 1.7 works fine with Navigator in 98SE

Those and older versions:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fi...

Switches off Java Script on any specific web site you choose. A scroll icon in your taskbar lower right allows you to toggle disabling/enabling a web page using Java Script, on the fly - when you change the state of that, go to another web page that's not on the same web site, come back to the web page.

Disables Flashblock from loading, which uses Java Script (Adobe Flash is still disabled if Flashblock was loaded, without you getting messages about Flash being disabled).
Disables tool tips (explanatory text) from appearing when you hold the cursor over certain icons that have that feature on this site.

When I used this for www.Computing.Net on that 98SE computer , there are no ads at all, the pages load at max speed !
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If you're using a mozila based browser, get those and other plug-ins here:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fi...
............

The Opera browser has a built in Flash blocker they call Turbo - it can be toggled on / off by clicking on an icon at the left in it's bottom taskbar when you're using it.

Similar to Flashblock, you get no error messages about Flash being blocked when Turbo is on (Flash is disabled) , and when Turbo is on, if you want to load a Flash feature, you click on a white arrowhead on a grey circle for it


Opera is quite fast, but a little different from IE. E.g. by default it loads the last page you loaded when you start it up.


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#16
February 16, 2012 at 14:59:57
Many ways of tackling ads it seems. Simple Adblock old version has not let me down (yet) on IE, anywhere.

Back to the post.
I don't think poster will return again as he/she probably jumped away after #4.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#17
February 16, 2012 at 18:05:31
re: response 11
In any case all that junk can be seen by posters if they care to click on the name.
You still sound objective, but that's OK, Canadians and Americans are more easy going and not as intimidated...it's not a problem

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#18
February 17, 2012 at 07:55:47
What a weird input.


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#19
April 7, 2012 at 12:41:02
I had the same problem with my Windows 7 dell Inspiron laptop. Downloaded the latest Windows 7 register for my touchpad and the problem went away.

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