Mouse drifting and sticking problem

Logitech Cordless optical mouse usb
September 13, 2010 at 16:35:46
Specs: Windows XP Pro. SP3, 1.50 GHz/1 Gb
I have a Logitech wireless mouse on my Toshiba Tecra M2 laptop. Recently, the pointer has been giving me problems where it will start to drift to one side of the screen and stay there. If I try to move it with the touch pad, nothing happens. However, I am able to move it with the mouse, but it keeps drifting. If I physically move/tilt the laptop, the rate at which the pointer drifts accelerates to the point where the pointer is just stuck on the edge of the screen and quickly moves back if I try to move it away with the wireless mouse. If I repeatedly tap on/press on the area right below the keyboard to the left or right of the touch pad, the drifting will occasionally stop (this happens consistently, so it stopping while I hopelessly hit my lap top isn't just a coincidence), or it will go away on its own after about 1-5 minutes.

This leads me to believe the problem might be with the hardware or wiring inside.

I took my laptop apart a few months ago to clean the fan, but this problem has only just started a week ago.

Help would be appreciated.

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September 13, 2010 at 16:42:13
Edit- sorry, I meant that I wasn't sure if the problem was with the hardware or wiring, that's the point of me posting this.

also, I said the stopping as a result from tapping/pressing on my laptop happens consistently because it is not just a coincidence that I am banging on my laptop and the cursor just happens to stop. I find that the cursor drifting goes away faster if I do this.

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September 13, 2010 at 17:29:41
Ignore the above post. I found the edit button.

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