Cursor hard to control when using pcAnywhere

Dell Optiplex 210l desktop - customizabl...
April 2, 2010 at 05:46:45
Specs: Windows XP
I periodically have a problem with my cursor being difficult to control or jumping to other places on the screen. Sometimes it almost seems to "wilt," slowing moving to the bottom of the screen. I have changed out my mouse and mouse drivers several times. It doesn't appear to be a mouse (or mouse settings) issue. My theory is that somehow PCAnywhere is making this happen. It seems to be particularly bad when the remote computer is connected to the host and the remote user is doing things on the host computer. If it's been a while since the remote user has done anything (even though the remote is still connected), the cursor problem might not be such a big deal. It's absolutely maddening, and I can't find anything about this online. (Everthing I find about mice and cursors jumping seems to be related to laptops.)

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April 2, 2010 at 08:07:06
Hmmm ... what about testing similar software that does the same ? "Remote Desktop Connection" (MS) and "VPN" come to mind ... The MS one is standard in many Windows, so that is easy to try. But, it must be said, emulating a Windows over a network (including internet) will never be really fast.

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April 2, 2010 at 09:08:15
Thanks. It's actually not the speed of doing something remotely. That's actually just fine (the remote user does things on the host computer as if her were the host). The problem is from the host user's persective. The host computer's cursor bounces all over the place when the remote computer is connected via PCAnywhere. It's like the cursor has a mind of a its own (but one I can't figure out). I've had similar issues with other host functions. For example, when the remote connects, it turns off the screen saver, etc. on the host computer and those have to be reset after the remote connects. No one (even at PCAnywhere) has been able to tell me why that happens and how to correct it. That's why I'm assuming my cursor issue is a PCAnywhere effect.

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