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Anonymous
September 17, 2005 3:13:42 PM

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Have noticed an odd little occurrence of late.
I am sitting reading something on the net, my hands are not touching the
mouse or the keyboard...and suddenly the cursor/arrow starts moving
horizontally ..all by itself?
I have remote access turned off but wonder if this indicates a possible
remote user incursion?
Thanks in advance
Anonymous
September 17, 2005 3:13:43 PM

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If it's one of the new ones, no mouse ball, but a red beam of light, and it
is NOT sitting on a mouse pad, that will sometimes happen. Apparently the
beam bouncing off the shine of the surface confuses it. Put it on a black
mouse pad and see if it stops. If not, then start looking for a virus
perhaps.

"MattW" <mw668@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:NaqdnRQHKuddr7HeRVn-vQ@rogers.com...
> Have noticed an odd little occurrence of late.
> I am sitting reading something on the net, my hands are not touching the
> mouse or the keyboard...and suddenly the cursor/arrow starts moving
> horizontally ..all by itself?
> I have remote access turned off but wonder if this indicates a possible
> remote user incursion?
> Thanks in advance
>
>
Anonymous
September 17, 2005 3:13:43 PM

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Make sure you do not have a microphone enabled.

Download and install the latest drivers for your video card and mouse.
If the problem is not corrected, then:

Replace your mouse with a new one. If that does not solve the problem,
replace your video card with a new one.

--
Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User
Microsoft Newsgroups

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"MattW" wrote:

| Have noticed an odd little occurrence of late.
| I am sitting reading something on the net, my hands are not touching the
| mouse or the keyboard...and suddenly the cursor/arrow starts moving
| horizontally ..all by itself?
| I have remote access turned off but wonder if this indicates a possible
| remote user incursion?
| Thanks in advance
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Anonymous
September 17, 2005 5:10:01 PM

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On Sat, 17 Sep 2005 11:13:42 -0400 in
microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, MattW favored us with...
> Have noticed an odd little occurrence of late.
> I am sitting reading something on the net, my hands are not touching the
> mouse or the keyboard...and suddenly the cursor/arrow starts moving
> horizontally ..all by itself?
> I have remote access turned off but wonder if this indicates a possible
> remote user incursion?

Perhaps, but probably not if you're seeing no other symptoms.

I used to have this problem, and the following worked for me (which
is why it's on my Web site):

http://oakroadsystems.com/tech/winxptip.htm#MiscWanderi...

--
Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
http://OakRoadSystems.com/
"To put it bluntly but fairly, anyone today who doubts that the
variety of life on this planet was produced by a process of
evolution is simply ignorant -- inexcusably ignorant, in a world
where three out of four people have learned to read and write."
--Daniel Dennett, /Darwin's Dangerous Idea/ (1995), page 46
Anonymous
September 17, 2005 8:04:57 PM

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I doubt it's anything more than spurious signals on the mouse, I've had
optical and ball type mice (mouses?) that do it and found nothing of
consequence. Yes it "Could" just possibly be someone or something else but
these days they concentrate more on your not finding out than on worrying
you with mouse movements.

If however the mouse is in your hand when this happens consider the
possibility of government "Mind Control" rays and visit this site for
details of how to combat it...

http://zapatopi.net/afdb/

(And yes by the way, I am joking and hope you have a sense of humor, it's
not intended as an insult to your perfectly legitimate question, just a bit
of amusement).

Oh I forgot to mention that making sure your sound input is turned off just
might be a valid point, someone else mentioned it. I have seen all kinds of
spurious electronic signals induced in all kinds of different cables over
the years, including police radios being picked up by public address
systems, radio station coming in on computer speakers with a poor connection
on the audio jack plugs and lots of things caused by a poor ground
connection on your main electric supply, especially if it's also connected
to a phone line and or cable TV... to find such odd behaviour is difficult
because for one of theose phenomena the mouse cable and connector is
probably the last place to look :) 

Even ball mice have optic in them, could just be a stray hair picked up
inside that's bending with humidity changes.

Have a good day,

Charlie


"MattW" <mw668@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:NaqdnRQHKuddr7HeRVn-vQ@rogers.com...
> Have noticed an odd little occurrence of late.
> I am sitting reading something on the net, my hands are not touching the
> mouse or the keyboard...and suddenly the cursor/arrow starts moving
> horizontally ..all by itself?
> I have remote access turned off but wonder if this indicates a possible
> remote user incursion?
> Thanks in advance
>
>
Anonymous
September 17, 2005 9:30:55 PM

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Optical mouse? If so, clean the mouse pad and the mouse sensor.

--
Greetings,
Daniel Martín


"MattW" <mw668@yahoo.com> wrote in message news:NaqdnRQHKuddr7HeRVn-vQ@rogers.com...
> Have noticed an odd little occurrence of late.
> I am sitting reading something on the net, my hands are not touching the
> mouse or the keyboard...and suddenly the cursor/arrow starts moving
> horizontally ..all by itself?
> I have remote access turned off but wonder if this indicates a possible
> remote user incursion?
> Thanks in advance
>
>
Anonymous
September 17, 2005 9:30:56 PM

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not optical mouse...
"Daniel Martín" <mardani29@yahoo.es> wrote in message
news:uV2mPz5uFHA.908@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
Optical mouse? If so, clean the mouse pad and the mouse sensor.

--
Greetings,
Daniel Martín


"MattW" <mw668@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:NaqdnRQHKuddr7HeRVn-vQ@rogers.com...
> Have noticed an odd little occurrence of late.
> I am sitting reading something on the net, my hands are not touching the
> mouse or the keyboard...and suddenly the cursor/arrow starts moving
> horizontally ..all by itself?
> I have remote access turned off but wonder if this indicates a possible
> remote user incursion?
> Thanks in advance
>
>
Anonymous
September 17, 2005 9:57:22 PM

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Any third-party drivers installed for that mouse? Does the problem occur in Safe Mode?

--
Greetings,
Daniel Martín


"MattW" <mw668@yahoo.com> wrote in message news:k42dnXBkW44ipLHeRVn-iQ@rogers.com...
> not optical mouse...
> "Daniel Martín" <mardani29@yahoo.es> wrote in message
> news:uV2mPz5uFHA.908@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> Optical mouse? If so, clean the mouse pad and the mouse sensor.
>
> --
> Greetings,
> Daniel Martín
>
>
> "MattW" <mw668@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:NaqdnRQHKuddr7HeRVn-vQ@rogers.com...
>> Have noticed an odd little occurrence of late.
>> I am sitting reading something on the net, my hands are not touching the
>> mouse or the keyboard...and suddenly the cursor/arrow starts moving
>> horizontally ..all by itself?
>> I have remote access turned off but wonder if this indicates a possible
>> remote user incursion?
>> Thanks in advance
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
September 17, 2005 9:57:23 PM

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not sure.
only use safe mode in emergencies...
"Daniel Martín" <mardani29@yahoo.es> wrote in message
news:o SWDBC6uFHA.3188@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
Any third-party drivers installed for that mouse? Does the problem occur in
Safe Mode?

--
Greetings,
Daniel Martín


"MattW" <mw668@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:k42dnXBkW44ipLHeRVn-iQ@rogers.com...
> not optical mouse...
> "Daniel Martín" <mardani29@yahoo.es> wrote in message
> news:uV2mPz5uFHA.908@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> Optical mouse? If so, clean the mouse pad and the mouse sensor.
>
> --
> Greetings,
> Daniel Martín
>
>
> "MattW" <mw668@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:NaqdnRQHKuddr7HeRVn-vQ@rogers.com...
>> Have noticed an odd little occurrence of late.
>> I am sitting reading something on the net, my hands are not touching the
>> mouse or the keyboard...and suddenly the cursor/arrow starts moving
>> horizontally ..all by itself?
>> I have remote access turned off but wonder if this indicates a possible
>> remote user incursion?
>> Thanks in advance
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
September 18, 2005 9:16:47 AM

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On Saturday 17 September 2005 09:07 am, Carey Frisch [MVP] had this to say
in microsoft.public.windowsxp.general:

> Make sure you do not have a microphone enabled.
>
> Download and install the latest drivers for your video card and mouse.
> If the problem is not corrected, then:
>
> Replace your mouse with a new one. If that does not solve the problem,
> replace your video card with a new one.
>

And when you've reached the point of getting tired of spending your hard
earned money as Mr. Frisch so easily suggests you do, look at using a real
operating system. I do and never experienced something like a mouse pointer
moving by itself. You're not sitting in the middle of an active earthquake
zone are you? If not, I can only assume it's part of the wonderful Windows
eXPerience, because I've never heard of anyone outside the Windows world
complain about this type of problem.


--
Now this is Eye-Candy! Most beautiful desktop in the world.
Checkout ELive - a live Linux CD - run E17
http://www.elivecd.org/gb/About/index.html
Anonymous
September 18, 2005 10:35:37 AM

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"-rwxrw-r--" <nostop@stopspam.com> wrote in message
news:3L6Xe.509892$s54.413694@pd7tw2no...
> On Saturday 17 September 2005 09:07 am, Carey Frisch [MVP] had this to
> say
> in microsoft.public.windowsxp.general:
>
>> Make sure you do not have a microphone enabled.
>>
>> Download and install the latest drivers for your video card and mouse.
>> If the problem is not corrected, then:
>>
>> Replace your mouse with a new one. If that does not solve the problem,
>> replace your video card with a new one.
>>
>
> And when you've reached the point of getting tired of spending your hard
> earned money as Mr. Frisch so easily suggests you do, look at using a real
> operating system. I do and never experienced something like a mouse
> pointer
> moving by itself. You're not sitting in the middle of an active earthquake
> zone are you? If not, I can only assume it's part of the wonderful Windows
> eXPerience, because I've never heard of anyone outside the Windows world
> complain about this type of problem.

then you haven't run most of the Linux distros available for Free download!
Oh, I've located and downloaded the ISO you reference for ELive. Will burn
and try that dvd today. I have a LOT of experience of trying and failing to
get the odd or even common hardware drivers to work in dozens of distros of
Linux. I started with Slackware 1.0 many years ago and have been at it with
both Windows and Linux ever since. Now I'm going to level with you: you're
coming off as a FanBoi and some number appear to have killfiled you already.
You haven't been completely honest with your representation of Linux.
Here's another thing: You CAN download a "free" version of every major
vendors distribution of Linux. However, it will NOT be the full stable
package. If you want that then you'll spend almost as much for it as you do
XP Professional retail. Those vendors have to make a living too, right? No
problem with that. Be adventurous, get the free download and figure it out
for yourself! OR, spend the dosh and let their "retail equivalent" take the
hassle out of it for you.
Or just buy XP Professional retail :) 

McG.

>
>
> --
> Now this is Eye-Candy! Most beautiful desktop in the world.
> Checkout ELive - a live Linux CD - run E17
> http://www.elivecd.org/gb/About/index.html
>
Anonymous
September 18, 2005 1:08:42 PM

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I have seen this happen from RF overload. I personnaly have experienced it
with a bluetooth headset placed on my desk. My daughter has experienced it
living next to a FM radio transmitter. Can't say I have a fix as it was
never annoying enough to spend the effort.

"MattW" <mw668@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:NaqdnRQHKuddr7HeRVn-vQ@rogers.com...
> Have noticed an odd little occurrence of late.
> I am sitting reading something on the net, my hands are not touching the
> mouse or the keyboard...and suddenly the cursor/arrow starts moving
> horizontally ..all by itself?
> I have remote access turned off but wonder if this indicates a possible
> remote user incursion?
> Thanks in advance
>
>
Anonymous
September 19, 2005 1:30:10 AM

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On Sun, 18 Sep 2005 06:35:37 GMT in
microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, McGrandpa favored us with...
> You CAN download a "free" version of every major
> vendors distribution of Linux. However, it will NOT be the full stable
> package.

If by "not the full package" you mean that the purchased material may
have additional utilities beyond the free download, that's possible.

But if you mean the free downloads are crippled, I challenge you to
prove it. And by throwing in that loaded word "stable" you give the
impression that the downloads are of lower quality than the purchased
packages; again, I challenge you to prove it.



--
Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
http://OakRoadSystems.com/
"To put it bluntly but fairly, anyone today who doubts that the
variety of life on this planet was produced by a process of
evolution is simply ignorant -- inexcusably ignorant, in a world
where three out of four people have learned to read and write."
--Daniel Dennett, /Darwin's Dangerous Idea/ (1995), page 46
Anonymous
September 19, 2005 1:32:21 AM

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On Sun, 18 Sep 2005 06:35:37 GMT in
microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, McGrandpa favored us with...
> I have a LOT of experience of trying and failing to
> get the odd or even common hardware drivers to work in dozens of distros of
> Linux.

Well, only you know your experience; but this "dozens of distros"
business is awfully hard to swallow. These days even Ethernet cards
and wireless cards seem to be supported by distros like Knoppix and
Fedora right out of the box.

The only major unsupported class of devices I know is Winmodems, nd
even there some progress has been made.

--
Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
http://OakRoadSystems.com/
"To put it bluntly but fairly, anyone today who doubts that the
variety of life on this planet was produced by a process of
evolution is simply ignorant -- inexcusably ignorant, in a world
where three out of four people have learned to read and write."
--Daniel Dennett, /Darwin's Dangerous Idea/ (1995), page 46
Anonymous
September 19, 2005 2:54:47 PM

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Boys boys boys!!!.........
This thread's subject is about my mysterious mouse movements on the
"windowsxp.general" newgroup.
It is NOT about your pointless windows vs linux flame war that doesn't solve
the problem in the subject header

"Stan Brown" <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
news:MPG.1d97df2c5210e4d69897f0@news.individual.net...
> On Sun, 18 Sep 2005 06:35:37 GMT in
> microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, McGrandpa favored us with...
> > I have a LOT of experience of trying and failing to
> > get the odd or even common hardware drivers to work in dozens of distros
of
> > Linux.
>
> Well, only you know your experience; but this "dozens of distros"
> business is awfully hard to swallow. These days even Ethernet cards
> and wireless cards seem to be supported by distros like Knoppix and
> Fedora right out of the box.
>
> The only major unsupported class of devices I know is Winmodems, nd
> even there some progress has been made.
>
> --
> Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
> http://OakRoadSystems.com/
> "To put it bluntly but fairly, anyone today who doubts that the
> variety of life on this planet was produced by a process of
> evolution is simply ignorant -- inexcusably ignorant, in a world
> where three out of four people have learned to read and write."
> --Daniel Dennett, /Darwin's Dangerous Idea/ (1995), page 46
Anonymous
September 19, 2005 4:26:46 PM

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Try Mouse properties and Uncheck "Enhance pointer precision" under
Pointer Options.

MattW wrote:

> Boys boys boys!!!.........
> This thread's subject is about my mysterious mouse movements on the
> "windowsxp.general" newgroup.
> It is NOT about your pointless windows vs linux flame war that doesn't solve
> the problem in the subject header
>
> "Stan Brown" <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in message
> news:MPG.1d97df2c5210e4d69897f0@news.individual.net...
>
>>On Sun, 18 Sep 2005 06:35:37 GMT in
>>microsoft.public.windowsxp.general, McGrandpa favored us with...
>>
>>> I have a LOT of experience of trying and failing to
>>>get the odd or even common hardware drivers to work in dozens of distros
>
> of
>
>>>Linux.
>>
>>Well, only you know your experience; but this "dozens of distros"
>>business is awfully hard to swallow. These days even Ethernet cards
>>and wireless cards seem to be supported by distros like Knoppix and
>>Fedora right out of the box.
>>
>>The only major unsupported class of devices I know is Winmodems, nd
>>even there some progress has been made.
>>
>>--
>>Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
>> http://OakRoadSystems.com/
>>"To put it bluntly but fairly, anyone today who doubts that the
>>variety of life on this planet was produced by a process of
>>evolution is simply ignorant -- inexcusably ignorant, in a world
>>where three out of four people have learned to read and write."
>> --Daniel Dennett, /Darwin's Dangerous Idea/ (1995), page 46
>
>
>
!