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Who's moving my cursor?

MESH
May 22, 2006 at 06:51:36
Specs: XP2, 3.2ghz/1gb

Last night my cursor suddenly stopped responding to my mouse movements and began wandering all over the page. I re-booted. It was OK for a little while and then the same thing happened again. It didn't seem to be looking for anything or acting with any purpose - just wandering around the page like a drunk.

There were no suspicious processes running, and my spyware (MS beta 1, Add-Aware, Spybot S&D), my firewall (ZA Pro) and anti virus (AVG) are all bang up to date, and none of them reported any problems or intruders. Additionally, I don't visit dodgy websites :)

I did what I always do in such circumstances and restored an earlier, clean, drive image from my back-up drive which seems to have solved the problem.

However, I'm curious to know what it might have been, and whether any other posters have experienced anything similar?

Thanks

Chancer


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#1
May 22, 2006 at 07:07:19

is it an optical mouse or rollerball mouse? Because rollerballs, unless they are cleaned frequently get all jammed up and non-responsive and also do weird things. But as far as letting go of the mouse and the cursor moving around by itself is pretty weird.
If it's wireless, check the batteries.
I would say try another mouse and see if you get the same results...maybe borrow one from a friend if you don't have an extra one kicking around. HTH

Hopefully my advice will help you...Please post back with your results....thanks


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#2
May 22, 2006 at 09:15:58

I've got a wireless optical, but that's a good idea and I'll try it out if it ever happens again.

Ta


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#3
May 22, 2006 at 11:54:45

My optical mouse takes off every now and then. I tried a different mouse and it still did it. It does it in Linux as well, so for me it's not spyware...

Unity is strength.


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#4
May 22, 2006 at 12:21:22

If it's an optical mouse, make sure that you're not using a shiny mousepad. Either put the mouse on an older, matte mousepad, or use something that's darker in color under the mouse.

Life is more painless for those who are brainless.


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#5
May 22, 2006 at 12:39:34

I've done that as well...

Unity is strength.


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#6
May 22, 2006 at 20:17:29

I've seen this when PC Anywhere got installed on a computer.

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#7
May 23, 2006 at 16:00:13

Wireless mice can pick up radio interference.

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#8
May 23, 2006 at 18:16:46

I've seen this when PC Anywhere got installed on a computer.

I do not have this software installed.

Wireless mice can pick up radio interference.

I do not havea wireless mouse either...


Unity is strength.


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#9
May 30, 2006 at 14:31:09

Your problem is a little different from mine. I have the click noise and then the cursor moves. This happens every three minutes making it difficult to type anything. When I'm in word the cursor will suddenly disappear and then reappear in another part of the doc. Do you have any ideas what causes this?

Betty-Jean


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#10
May 30, 2006 at 14:56:25

did any of you try a different mouse to see if that cured the problem?

Hopefully my advice will help you...Please post back with your results....thanks


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