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March 20, 2005 5:35:03 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

Hi all,

I hope someone can help me solve a very persisting and distressing problem.
I have gone through the Microsoft Discusion Groups and found some comfort in
seeing that other people have similar problems. However the fixes suggested
to them either did not work for me or just gave temporary relief then the
problem gradually reappered, becoming more severe as time goes by.
I hope someone can help me!

Just for info I have a SonyVaio laptop bought dec-2003 running XP Pro SP2. I
have an Alps touchpad and a Basic USB Optical Mouse. I regularly run McAfee
VirusScan, Ad-Aware and Spybot.

Problem: When I move my mouse, the cursor jumps to one of the 4 corners, or
generally to one of the sides of the screen. So that when I click, it is
usually on something else or just in the vacuum, and I always have troubles
finding where my cursor is.

At the beginning the problem was hardly noticeable, just a minor nuisance,
and then became gradually more severe so that in the end it became impossible
usin g the mouse and I had to use my touchpad instead. At one point, when the
problem was at its worse, and I had not yet done anything about it, I
repeatedly saw my cursor moving alone across the screen to get to one corner
– I swear my hands were on my lap and nothing was touching either the mouse
or the touchpad – creepy!

I have tried a several things (listed below) and after some of them, the
problem seemed to have disappeared, but it was short relief and the problem
would gradually reappear within a few days.

Note that when the mouse is connected, the touchpad also gives problems,
i.e. sometimes I can’t seem to “unstick� the pointer from whatever corner it
got to (though I normally “unstick� it quite easily with the mouse). If I
disconnect the mouse, the touchpad works fine.

Interesting, my boyfriends who has an older computer than mine running with
Windows 2000, is experiencing the same problem (that runs out a suspicion
that SP2 might be responsible). He actually got the problem before me, and as
the problem started more or less around the time we set up a common wireless
network and internet connection, I suspected an infection-and-reinfection
process, but could not find anything on his computer or on mine until now.
I do hope you guys can help me!

This is what I have tried up to now:

a- Different mices, all optical, with cord or wireless, different make –
short relief, but problem came back gradually.

b- Under Mouse Setting Properties, I tried to vary pointer speed, and
selecting and unselecting various options such as: <Swap left and right
buttons functions> (I use the mouse left handed), <Enhance pointer
precision>, <Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog
box>, <Display pointer trail>, <Hide pointer while typing>, <Show location of
pointer when I press the CTRL key>, etc – no effect whatsoever.

c- Checked for viruses, malwares, scumware, and generally cleaned up my
computer – nothing major found – no change in the problem.

d- Checked that I had no software allowing for remote control of my computer
and disinstalled a few suspicious programmes – no change

e- Checked that I had all the Windows critical updates and patches – I had.

f- Installed latest Intellipoint driver, went through point b again, and
then disinstalled it because the problem persisted and I had lost some useful
properties of my built-in touchpad&mouse driver.

g- Went to the Sony site and downloaded and installed all possible
mouse-related updates and drivers – short relief, but problem came back
gradually.

h- Checked the Windows site for Official Notices about this problem – found
none.

i- Checked the Microsoft discussion group site for postings on similar
problem – found a few but they did not seem to shed any light on what really
causes the problem or any suggestion of fixes that I had not already tried.

j- Installed TweakUI and played around with the mouse properties -- no change.

Any other idea or suggestion is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Sophie
Anonymous
March 20, 2005 11:16:30 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

Normally this is a sign the batteries either need replacing or recharging.

--
Star Fleet Admiral Q @ your service!
"Google is your Friend!"
www.google.com

***********************************************

"Sophie" <sophie@discussiongroup.com> wrote in message
news:5127D361-F13C-43F9-BF20-41A543EE94EB@microsoft.com...
> Hi all,
>
> I hope someone can help me solve a very persisting and distressing
problem.
> I have gone through the Microsoft Discusion Groups and found some comfort
in
> seeing that other people have similar problems. However the fixes
suggested
> to them either did not work for me or just gave temporary relief then the
> problem gradually reappered, becoming more severe as time goes by.
> I hope someone can help me!
>
> Just for info I have a SonyVaio laptop bought dec-2003 running XP Pro SP2.
I
> have an Alps touchpad and a Basic USB Optical Mouse. I regularly run
McAfee
> VirusScan, Ad-Aware and Spybot.
>
> Problem: When I move my mouse, the cursor jumps to one of the 4 corners,
or
> generally to one of the sides of the screen. So that when I click, it is
> usually on something else or just in the vacuum, and I always have
troubles
> finding where my cursor is.
>
> At the beginning the problem was hardly noticeable, just a minor nuisance,
> and then became gradually more severe so that in the end it became
impossible
> usin g the mouse and I had to use my touchpad instead. At one point, when
the
> problem was at its worse, and I had not yet done anything about it, I
> repeatedly saw my cursor moving alone across the screen to get to one
corner
> - I swear my hands were on my lap and nothing was touching either the
mouse
> or the touchpad - creepy!
>
> I have tried a several things (listed below) and after some of them, the
> problem seemed to have disappeared, but it was short relief and the
problem
> would gradually reappear within a few days.
>
> Note that when the mouse is connected, the touchpad also gives problems,
> i.e. sometimes I can't seem to "unstick" the pointer from whatever corner
it
> got to (though I normally "unstick" it quite easily with the mouse). If I
> disconnect the mouse, the touchpad works fine.
>
> Interesting, my boyfriends who has an older computer than mine running
with
> Windows 2000, is experiencing the same problem (that runs out a suspicion
> that SP2 might be responsible). He actually got the problem before me, and
as
> the problem started more or less around the time we set up a common
wireless
> network and internet connection, I suspected an infection-and-reinfection
> process, but could not find anything on his computer or on mine until now.
> I do hope you guys can help me!
>
> This is what I have tried up to now:
>
> a- Different mices, all optical, with cord or wireless, different make -
> short relief, but problem came back gradually.
>
> b- Under Mouse Setting Properties, I tried to vary pointer speed, and
> selecting and unselecting various options such as: <Swap left and right
> buttons functions> (I use the mouse left handed), <Enhance pointer
> precision>, <Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog
> box>, <Display pointer trail>, <Hide pointer while typing>, <Show location
of
> pointer when I press the CTRL key>, etc - no effect whatsoever.
>
> c- Checked for viruses, malwares, scumware, and generally cleaned up my
> computer - nothing major found - no change in the problem.
>
> d- Checked that I had no software allowing for remote control of my
computer
> and disinstalled a few suspicious programmes - no change
>
> e- Checked that I had all the Windows critical updates and patches - I
had.
>
> f- Installed latest Intellipoint driver, went through point b again, and
> then disinstalled it because the problem persisted and I had lost some
useful
> properties of my built-in touchpad&mouse driver.
>
> g- Went to the Sony site and downloaded and installed all possible
> mouse-related updates and drivers - short relief, but problem came back
> gradually.
>
> h- Checked the Windows site for Official Notices about this problem -
found
> none.
>
> i- Checked the Microsoft discussion group site for postings on similar
> problem - found a few but they did not seem to shed any light on what
really
> causes the problem or any suggestion of fixes that I had not already
tried.
>
> j- Installed TweakUI and played around with the mouse properties -- no
change.
>
> Any other idea or suggestion is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
>
> Sophie
>
>
March 20, 2005 11:16:31 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

Batteries? Sorry, I thought I had mentioned that I am using a cord-mouse (but
also tried a wireless mouse with fresh batteries and the problem was just the
same).
Thank you anyway.

"Admiral Q" wrote:

> Normally this is a sign the batteries either need replacing or recharging.
>
> --
> Star Fleet Admiral Q @ your service!
> "Google is your Friend!"
> www.google.com
>
> ***********************************************
>
> "Sophie" <sophie@discussiongroup.com> wrote in message
> news:5127D361-F13C-43F9-BF20-41A543EE94EB@microsoft.com...
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I hope someone can help me solve a very persisting and distressing
> problem.
> > I have gone through the Microsoft Discusion Groups and found some comfort
> in
> > seeing that other people have similar problems. However the fixes
> suggested
> > to them either did not work for me or just gave temporary relief then the
> > problem gradually reappered, becoming more severe as time goes by.
> > I hope someone can help me!
> >
> > Just for info I have a SonyVaio laptop bought dec-2003 running XP Pro SP2.
> I
> > have an Alps touchpad and a Basic USB Optical Mouse. I regularly run
> McAfee
> > VirusScan, Ad-Aware and Spybot.
> >
> > Problem: When I move my mouse, the cursor jumps to one of the 4 corners,
> or
> > generally to one of the sides of the screen. So that when I click, it is
> > usually on something else or just in the vacuum, and I always have
> troubles
> > finding where my cursor is.
> >
> > At the beginning the problem was hardly noticeable, just a minor nuisance,
> > and then became gradually more severe so that in the end it became
> impossible
> > usin g the mouse and I had to use my touchpad instead. At one point, when
> the
> > problem was at its worse, and I had not yet done anything about it, I
> > repeatedly saw my cursor moving alone across the screen to get to one
> corner
> > - I swear my hands were on my lap and nothing was touching either the
> mouse
> > or the touchpad - creepy!
> >
> > I have tried a several things (listed below) and after some of them, the
> > problem seemed to have disappeared, but it was short relief and the
> problem
> > would gradually reappear within a few days.
> >
> > Note that when the mouse is connected, the touchpad also gives problems,
> > i.e. sometimes I can't seem to "unstick" the pointer from whatever corner
> it
> > got to (though I normally "unstick" it quite easily with the mouse). If I
> > disconnect the mouse, the touchpad works fine.
> >
> > Interesting, my boyfriends who has an older computer than mine running
> with
> > Windows 2000, is experiencing the same problem (that runs out a suspicion
> > that SP2 might be responsible). He actually got the problem before me, and
> as
> > the problem started more or less around the time we set up a common
> wireless
> > network and internet connection, I suspected an infection-and-reinfection
> > process, but could not find anything on his computer or on mine until now.
> > I do hope you guys can help me!
> >
> > This is what I have tried up to now:
> >
> > a- Different mices, all optical, with cord or wireless, different make -
> > short relief, but problem came back gradually.
> >
> > b- Under Mouse Setting Properties, I tried to vary pointer speed, and
> > selecting and unselecting various options such as: <Swap left and right
> > buttons functions> (I use the mouse left handed), <Enhance pointer
> > precision>, <Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog
> > box>, <Display pointer trail>, <Hide pointer while typing>, <Show location
> of
> > pointer when I press the CTRL key>, etc - no effect whatsoever.
> >
> > c- Checked for viruses, malwares, scumware, and generally cleaned up my
> > computer - nothing major found - no change in the problem.
> >
> > d- Checked that I had no software allowing for remote control of my
> computer
> > and disinstalled a few suspicious programmes - no change
> >
> > e- Checked that I had all the Windows critical updates and patches - I
> had.
> >
> > f- Installed latest Intellipoint driver, went through point b again, and
> > then disinstalled it because the problem persisted and I had lost some
> useful
> > properties of my built-in touchpad&mouse driver.
> >
> > g- Went to the Sony site and downloaded and installed all possible
> > mouse-related updates and drivers - short relief, but problem came back
> > gradually.
> >
> > h- Checked the Windows site for Official Notices about this problem -
> found
> > none.
> >
> > i- Checked the Microsoft discussion group site for postings on similar
> > problem - found a few but they did not seem to shed any light on what
> really
> > causes the problem or any suggestion of fixes that I had not already
> tried.
> >
> > j- Installed TweakUI and played around with the mouse properties -- no
> change.
> >
> > Any other idea or suggestion is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
> >
> > Sophie
> >
> >
>
>
>
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Anonymous
March 22, 2005 12:05:10 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

How old is the "corded" mouse - maybe one or more of the wires inside the
cord are broken, making partial contact and not sending the complete/correct
signals back to the system - that's why I eliminated all my corded mice, the
wires inside always breaking and the cords were always in the way.

--
Star Fleet Admiral Q @ your service!
"Google is your Friend!"
www.google.com

***********************************************

"Sophie" <sophie@discussiongroup.com> wrote in message
news:3533C27A-B246-465E-8C9F-56E44F9223BE@microsoft.com...
> Batteries? Sorry, I thought I had mentioned that I am using a cord-mouse
(but
> also tried a wireless mouse with fresh batteries and the problem was just
the
> same).
> Thank you anyway.
>
> "Admiral Q" wrote:
>
> > Normally this is a sign the batteries either need replacing or
recharging.
> >
> > --
> > Star Fleet Admiral Q @ your service!
> > "Google is your Friend!"
> > www.google.com
> >
> > ***********************************************
> >
> > "Sophie" <sophie@discussiongroup.com> wrote in message
> > news:5127D361-F13C-43F9-BF20-41A543EE94EB@microsoft.com...
> > > Hi all,
> > >
> > > I hope someone can help me solve a very persisting and distressing
> > problem.
> > > I have gone through the Microsoft Discusion Groups and found some
comfort
> > in
> > > seeing that other people have similar problems. However the fixes
> > suggested
> > > to them either did not work for me or just gave temporary relief then
the
> > > problem gradually reappered, becoming more severe as time goes by.
> > > I hope someone can help me!
> > >
> > > Just for info I have a SonyVaio laptop bought dec-2003 running XP Pro
SP2.
> > I
> > > have an Alps touchpad and a Basic USB Optical Mouse. I regularly run
> > McAfee
> > > VirusScan, Ad-Aware and Spybot.
> > >
> > > Problem: When I move my mouse, the cursor jumps to one of the 4
corners,
> > or
> > > generally to one of the sides of the screen. So that when I click, it
is
> > > usually on something else or just in the vacuum, and I always have
> > troubles
> > > finding where my cursor is.
> > >
> > > At the beginning the problem was hardly noticeable, just a minor
nuisance,
> > > and then became gradually more severe so that in the end it became
> > impossible
> > > usin g the mouse and I had to use my touchpad instead. At one point,
when
> > the
> > > problem was at its worse, and I had not yet done anything about it, I
> > > repeatedly saw my cursor moving alone across the screen to get to one
> > corner
> > > - I swear my hands were on my lap and nothing was touching either the
> > mouse
> > > or the touchpad - creepy!
> > >
> > > I have tried a several things (listed below) and after some of them,
the
> > > problem seemed to have disappeared, but it was short relief and the
> > problem
> > > would gradually reappear within a few days.
> > >
> > > Note that when the mouse is connected, the touchpad also gives
problems,
> > > i.e. sometimes I can't seem to "unstick" the pointer from whatever
corner
> > it
> > > got to (though I normally "unstick" it quite easily with the mouse).
If I
> > > disconnect the mouse, the touchpad works fine.
> > >
> > > Interesting, my boyfriends who has an older computer than mine running
> > with
> > > Windows 2000, is experiencing the same problem (that runs out a
suspicion
> > > that SP2 might be responsible). He actually got the problem before me,
and
> > as
> > > the problem started more or less around the time we set up a common
> > wireless
> > > network and internet connection, I suspected an
infection-and-reinfection
> > > process, but could not find anything on his computer or on mine until
now.
> > > I do hope you guys can help me!
> > >
> > > This is what I have tried up to now:
> > >
> > > a- Different mices, all optical, with cord or wireless, different
make -
> > > short relief, but problem came back gradually.
> > >
> > > b- Under Mouse Setting Properties, I tried to vary pointer speed, and
> > > selecting and unselecting various options such as: <Swap left and
right
> > > buttons functions> (I use the mouse left handed), <Enhance pointer
> > > precision>, <Automatically move pointer to the default button in a
dialog
> > > box>, <Display pointer trail>, <Hide pointer while typing>, <Show
location
> > of
> > > pointer when I press the CTRL key>, etc - no effect whatsoever.
> > >
> > > c- Checked for viruses, malwares, scumware, and generally cleaned up
my
> > > computer - nothing major found - no change in the problem.
> > >
> > > d- Checked that I had no software allowing for remote control of my
> > computer
> > > and disinstalled a few suspicious programmes - no change
> > >
> > > e- Checked that I had all the Windows critical updates and patches - I
> > had.
> > >
> > > f- Installed latest Intellipoint driver, went through point b again,
and
> > > then disinstalled it because the problem persisted and I had lost some
> > useful
> > > properties of my built-in touchpad&mouse driver.
> > >
> > > g- Went to the Sony site and downloaded and installed all possible
> > > mouse-related updates and drivers - short relief, but problem came
back
> > > gradually.
> > >
> > > h- Checked the Windows site for Official Notices about this problem -
> > found
> > > none.
> > >
> > > i- Checked the Microsoft discussion group site for postings on
similar
> > > problem - found a few but they did not seem to shed any light on what
> > really
> > > causes the problem or any suggestion of fixes that I had not already
> > tried.
> > >
> > > j- Installed TweakUI and played around with the mouse properties -- no
> > change.
> > >
> > > Any other idea or suggestion is greatly appreciated. Thanks in
advance.
> > >
> > > Sophie
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
> >
March 22, 2005 12:05:11 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

My mouse is a brand new Microsoft optical mouse...


"Admiral Q" wrote:

> How old is the "corded" mouse - maybe one or more of the wires inside the
> cord are broken, making partial contact and not sending the complete/correct
> signals back to the system - that's why I eliminated all my corded mice, the
> wires inside always breaking and the cords were always in the way.
>
> --
> Star Fleet Admiral Q @ your service!
> "Google is your Friend!"
> www.google.com
>
> ***********************************************
>
> "Sophie" <sophie@discussiongroup.com> wrote in message
> news:3533C27A-B246-465E-8C9F-56E44F9223BE@microsoft.com...
> > Batteries? Sorry, I thought I had mentioned that I am using a cord-mouse
> (but
> > also tried a wireless mouse with fresh batteries and the problem was just
> the
> > same).
> > Thank you anyway.
> >
> > "Admiral Q" wrote:
> >
> > > Normally this is a sign the batteries either need replacing or
> recharging.
> > >
> > > --
> > > Star Fleet Admiral Q @ your service!
> > > "Google is your Friend!"
> > > www.google.com
> > >
> > > ***********************************************
> > >
> > > "Sophie" <sophie@discussiongroup.com> wrote in message
> > > news:5127D361-F13C-43F9-BF20-41A543EE94EB@microsoft.com...
> > > > Hi all,
> > > >
> > > > I hope someone can help me solve a very persisting and distressing
> > > problem.
> > > > I have gone through the Microsoft Discusion Groups and found some
> comfort
> > > in
> > > > seeing that other people have similar problems. However the fixes
> > > suggested
> > > > to them either did not work for me or just gave temporary relief then
> the
> > > > problem gradually reappered, becoming more severe as time goes by.
> > > > I hope someone can help me!
> > > >
> > > > Just for info I have a SonyVaio laptop bought dec-2003 running XP Pro
> SP2.
> > > I
> > > > have an Alps touchpad and a Basic USB Optical Mouse. I regularly run
> > > McAfee
> > > > VirusScan, Ad-Aware and Spybot.
> > > >
> > > > Problem: When I move my mouse, the cursor jumps to one of the 4
> corners,
> > > or
> > > > generally to one of the sides of the screen. So that when I click, it
> is
> > > > usually on something else or just in the vacuum, and I always have
> > > troubles
> > > > finding where my cursor is.
> > > >
> > > > At the beginning the problem was hardly noticeable, just a minor
> nuisance,
> > > > and then became gradually more severe so that in the end it became
> > > impossible
> > > > usin g the mouse and I had to use my touchpad instead. At one point,
> when
> > > the
> > > > problem was at its worse, and I had not yet done anything about it, I
> > > > repeatedly saw my cursor moving alone across the screen to get to one
> > > corner
> > > > - I swear my hands were on my lap and nothing was touching either the
> > > mouse
> > > > or the touchpad - creepy!
> > > >
> > > > I have tried a several things (listed below) and after some of them,
> the
> > > > problem seemed to have disappeared, but it was short relief and the
> > > problem
> > > > would gradually reappear within a few days.
> > > >
> > > > Note that when the mouse is connected, the touchpad also gives
> problems,
> > > > i.e. sometimes I can't seem to "unstick" the pointer from whatever
> corner
> > > it
> > > > got to (though I normally "unstick" it quite easily with the mouse).
> If I
> > > > disconnect the mouse, the touchpad works fine.
> > > >
> > > > Interesting, my boyfriends who has an older computer than mine running
> > > with
> > > > Windows 2000, is experiencing the same problem (that runs out a
> suspicion
> > > > that SP2 might be responsible). He actually got the problem before me,
> and
> > > as
> > > > the problem started more or less around the time we set up a common
> > > wireless
> > > > network and internet connection, I suspected an
> infection-and-reinfection
> > > > process, but could not find anything on his computer or on mine until
> now.
> > > > I do hope you guys can help me!
> > > >
> > > > This is what I have tried up to now:
> > > >
> > > > a- Different mices, all optical, with cord or wireless, different
> make -
> > > > short relief, but problem came back gradually.
> > > >
> > > > b- Under Mouse Setting Properties, I tried to vary pointer speed, and
> > > > selecting and unselecting various options such as: <Swap left and
> right
> > > > buttons functions> (I use the mouse left handed), <Enhance pointer
> > > > precision>, <Automatically move pointer to the default button in a
> dialog
> > > > box>, <Display pointer trail>, <Hide pointer while typing>, <Show
> location
> > > of
> > > > pointer when I press the CTRL key>, etc - no effect whatsoever.
> > > >
> > > > c- Checked for viruses, malwares, scumware, and generally cleaned up
> my
> > > > computer - nothing major found - no change in the problem.
> > > >
> > > > d- Checked that I had no software allowing for remote control of my
> > > computer
> > > > and disinstalled a few suspicious programmes - no change
> > > >
> > > > e- Checked that I had all the Windows critical updates and patches - I
> > > had.
> > > >
> > > > f- Installed latest Intellipoint driver, went through point b again,
> and
> > > > then disinstalled it because the problem persisted and I had lost some
> > > useful
> > > > properties of my built-in touchpad&mouse driver.
> > > >
> > > > g- Went to the Sony site and downloaded and installed all possible
> > > > mouse-related updates and drivers - short relief, but problem came
> back
> > > > gradually.
> > > >
> > > > h- Checked the Windows site for Official Notices about this problem -
> > > found
> > > > none.
> > > >
> > > > i- Checked the Microsoft discussion group site for postings on
> similar
> > > > problem - found a few but they did not seem to shed any light on what
> > > really
> > > > causes the problem or any suggestion of fixes that I had not already
> > > tried.
> > > >
> > > > j- Installed TweakUI and played around with the mouse properties -- no
> > > change.
> > > >
> > > > Any other idea or suggestion is greatly appreciated. Thanks in
> advance.
> > > >
> > > > Sophie
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
>
>
>
January 22, 2013 7:17:44 PM

Remove mouse scroll ball and wash it !!
I "HAD" this problem...the cursor would run-amuck up the side , across the top , ping-ponging
all over the screen , plus windows would open crazily , as if PC was infected..
Cleaning the ball solved my problem ...Hope this may help you......
January 22, 2013 7:33:08 PM

BTW .. fixed my problem this day 01/21/2013
!