Mouse pointer jumping

December 19, 2005 at 04:27:39
Specs: Win XP Home, 2.8 Ghz, 756 MB ram


At random times the pointer on my desktop will jump around erratically. I have no idea what causes this, I can't seem to determine a pattern such as specific programs causing the problem more frequently than others. Usually the pointer will jump from the middle of the screen (where I intend it to be) to the upper right corner or lower left corner, sometimes prompting my start menu to come up. I have checked the mouse settings under the control panel menu and they are not selected to default to close any programs. I have tried registry cleaners, virus scans and spyware programs all with no effect. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you

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December 19, 2005 at 05:42:10

Vic, If you're using the older ball type mouse have you cleaned it recently?

How to Clean the Mouse on Your Computer

If you're using an optical mouse put a sheet of plain white paper underneath it and see it the problem still persists. It it's a wireless mouse change the batteries.

Also try another mouse as your mouse may be on its way out.


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December 19, 2005 at 09:05:57

My optical rodent jumps around at times when my auto defrag is running in the background.


If you wake up to see the day - it can't be that bad.

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December 20, 2005 at 20:03:15

Sorry, I should have mentioned that. It is an optical mouse. I will try the piece of paper idea, thanks. And I thought that it was related to some background program running as well but can't find anything to support that but thanks for the help

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