Text cursor (caret) movement becomes slow

July 22, 2010 at 17:11:58
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP3
On my laptop, the text cursor or caret (not the mouse pointer) zips right along normally, but every so often it slows down considerably--almost as if it is pausing to think before it moves to the next character. Once this problem appears, it appears in all programs. If I shut down all applications, it still remains. However, if I restart, the problem goes away.

Just to clarify, I am not talking about the blink rate of the cursor. I mean the movement of the text cursor up and down, left and right--either in response to the arrow keys or to typing. I have not changed any settings to cause this. For instance, my keyboard repeat rate is at the maximum. Even if there was a setting that caused it, it's one that resets every time the computer is restarted.

I am using Windows XP Professional SP3.

I'd appreciate any help or suggestions you have. Thanks.

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July 23, 2010 at 03:17:51
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July 23, 2010 at 03:36:54
dappawit, how much physical memory do you have? There's probably no such thing as 'too much'.
What you describe sounds an awful lot like buffering in which the machine uses the HD (MUCH slower) to provide interim memory. As soon as things catch up, it goes back to RAM.
Ed in Texas.

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July 24, 2010 at 22:16:30
RE: Ed...
Thanks for your reply. I have 2GB of RAM. I doubt its simply swapping to the HD simply because I don't get a speedup after some amount of time. The only way for the cursor movement speed to return to normal (that I've found so far) is to reboot. Of course, just because I doubt it doesn't mean it's not the answer. I don't plan on trying more RAM until I've exhausted other alternatives that may not require any expense :)
I do still appreciate the suggestion though.

RE: Johnw...
Thanks for your reply. I looked at the web page you suggested, but it doesn't sound like my problem. My cursor does not jump around erratically (or at all really), it simply decides to move a lot slower all of a sudden. I still have full control over it. I appreciate the suggestion just the same.

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July 25, 2010 at 02:35:17
dappawit, agreed, that should be plenty of memory, but that doesn't rule out buffering. Ever cleaned out your temp files? How about index.dat? They can both consume inordinate amounts of memory and trigger buffering.
I use Ccleaner (free @ http://www.ccleaner.com/ ) periodically to clean mine up.
Ed in Texas.

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July 26, 2010 at 14:02:19
Ed, thanks for your reply.
I just downloaded that program, it looks very good. Unfortunately, it could be a while before I know if it solves the problem, since the cursor issue is somewhat intermittent. (But when it does appear, it's a royal pain.)

Thanks for the suggestion and I will give it a try.

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