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laptop cursor/pointer leaping all over the screen

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sincitylover Mon 14-Sep-09 14:14:49

for some of the time -any idea what causing this /how to remedy?

AMumInScotland Mon 14-Sep-09 14:34:16

Is this when you move the mouse? Most commonly, it's because your mouse is full of gunk and you need to give it a good cleanout!

RustyBear Mon 14-Sep-09 15:11:09

This is a common problem & it could be due either to the mouse or the touchpad.
First, as AMIS says, the mouse could need a clean, especially if it's a ball mouse.
If it's an optical one with a light underneath, it could be that it doesn't like the surface it's on - a strong pattern can throw a lot of mice - they seem to have a particular dislike for woodgrain with a strong contrast.

Or it coild be the touchpad - some keyboards are very 'bouncy', especially if you're a fast or energetic typist and can affect the toyuchpad. Or possibly your sleeve/edge of your hand is brushing the touchpad. If you don't use the touchpad much, you could turn it off. Some computers are just prone to this - several models of Acers especially the 5315 & 5720 are particularly bad, it can help to turn off the 'tap to click' function: Control Panel-Mouse-Properties-righthand tab & look for buttons/sliders to do with tapping (it's different for various computers so I can't be more specific.) Mine actually has a slider to change the sensitivity to guard against accidental touches - have a look & see what you can find!

sincitylover Mon 14-Sep-09 17:18:56

thanks will check these things out. it'sa touchpad.

One option might be to connect up a traditional mouse.

I'll get one from work tomorrow.

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