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Jack Rabbitt
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      03-12-2012
Hi All,

On our Windows 2008 64 bit server, we have noticed that the cursor does not
flash/blink in any of our programs, such as in notepad, word etc,... where
as in windows xp server it does. ( try it, create a new text document and
see the flashing cursor in top left )

We have checked the cursor settings and they are set to flash fast, so we
think there is some other security setting somewhere, as we have to
effectivally activate the program by clicking into it, then it will allow us
to type - does this sound plausable?

Any help or guideance apprieated.

Thanks


 
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VanguardLH
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      03-13-2012
Jack Rabbitt wrote:

> On our Windows 2008 64 bit server, we have noticed that the cursor does not
> flash/blink in any of our programs, such as in notepad, word etc,...


Does "cursor" mean the mouse cursor or the insertion point in a
document? The mouse should not flash/blink. The insertion point
should.

> where as in windows xp server it does.


No such animal.

> We have checked the cursor settings and they are set to flash fast, so we
> think there is some other security setting somewhere, as we have to
> effectivally activate the program by clicking into it, then it will allow us
> to type - does this sound plausable?


Sounds more like some process and its window is stealing focus. You
open a program that paints its window but the insertion point is showing
there because some other process has stolen back the focus even those
that have their windows minimized or hidden (visible attribute is
disabled). If the focus-stealing program has an visible non-minimized
window, hit Alt+Spacebar to open its control menu and then look to see
which window is showing it. Alternatively, you can use SysInternals'
Process Explorer and when focus gets stolen then hit Alt+F4 to exit that
application and notice which process disappears in Process Explorer.

You'll need to investigate what processes are running. You'll want to
disable all the startup items, reboot, and retest. Reenable one startup
item at a time, reboot, and retest. When the problem reappears, the
just-previously-reenabled program is the culprit.

Is the server running on a laptop? If so, have you tried disabling the
touchpad so close proximity of the heels of your palms isn't triggering
a mouse click somewhere you don't expect?

While there are C+ examples of how to find which process has focus, you
can also use AutoHotkey and a script to find out, as in (got this from a
Google search):

#NoEnv ; Recommended for performance and compatibility with future AutoHotkey releases.
SendMode Input ; Recommended for new scripts due to its superior speed and reliability.
SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir% ; Ensures a consistent starting directory.

^!s::

WinGetActiveTitle, text ; The window found above will be used.
MsgBox, The text is:`n%text%

Does the problem go away if you disable any microphone (as a separate
mic or in a headset) and retest?
 
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Jack Rabbitt
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      03-17-2012

"VanguardLH" <> wrote in message
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> Jack Rabbitt wrote:
>
>> On our Windows 2008 64 bit server, we have noticed that the cursor does
>> not
>> flash/blink in any of our programs, such as in notepad, word etc,...

>
> Does "cursor" mean the mouse cursor or the insertion point in a
> document? The mouse should not flash/blink. The insertion point
> should.
>
>> where as in windows xp server it does.

>
> No such animal.
>
>> We have checked the cursor settings and they are set to flash fast, so we
>> think there is some other security setting somewhere, as we have to
>> effectivally activate the program by clicking into it, then it will allow
>> us
>> to type - does this sound plausable?

>
> Sounds more like some process and its window is stealing focus. You
> open a program that paints its window but the insertion point is showing
> there because some other process has stolen back the focus even those
> that have their windows minimized or hidden (visible attribute is
> disabled). If the focus-stealing program has an visible non-minimized
> window, hit Alt+Spacebar to open its control menu and then look to see
> which window is showing it. Alternatively, you can use SysInternals'
> Process Explorer and when focus gets stolen then hit Alt+F4 to exit that
> application and notice which process disappears in Process Explorer.
>
> You'll need to investigate what processes are running. You'll want to
> disable all the startup items, reboot, and retest. Reenable one startup
> item at a time, reboot, and retest. When the problem reappears, the
> just-previously-reenabled program is the culprit.
>
> Is the server running on a laptop? If so, have you tried disabling the
> touchpad so close proximity of the heels of your palms isn't triggering
> a mouse click somewhere you don't expect?
>
> While there are C+ examples of how to find which process has focus, you
> can also use AutoHotkey and a script to find out, as in (got this from a
> Google search):
>
> #NoEnv ; Recommended for performance and compatibility with future
> AutoHotkey releases.
> SendMode Input ; Recommended for new scripts due to its superior speed
> and reliability.
> SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir% ; Ensures a consistent starting directory.
>
> ^!s::
>
> WinGetActiveTitle, text ; The window found above will be used.
> MsgBox, The text is:`n%text%
>
> Does the problem go away if you disable any microphone (as a separate
> mic or in a headset) and retest?


Thanks for reply, will have a good look at this.


 
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Robert Carnegie
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      03-17-2012
On Tuesday, March 13, 2012 2:23:40 AM UTC, VanguardLH wrote:
> Jack Rabbitt wrote:
>
> > On our Windows 2008 64 bit server, we have noticed that the cursor doesnot
> > flash/blink in any of our programs, such as in notepad, word etc,...

>
> Does "cursor" mean the mouse cursor or the insertion point in a
> document? The mouse should not flash/blink. The insertion point
> should.
>
> > where as in windows xp server it does.

>
> No such animal.
>
> > We have checked the cursor settings and they are set to flash fast, so we
> > think there is some other security setting somewhere, as we have to
> > effectivally activate the program by clicking into it, then it will allow us
> > to type - does this sound plausable?

>
> Sounds more like some process and its window is stealing focus. You
> open a program that paints its window but the insertion point is showing
> there because some other process has stolen back the focus even those
> that have their windows minimized or hidden (visible attribute is
> disabled). If the focus-stealing program has an visible non-minimized
> window, hit Alt+Spacebar to open its control menu and then look to see
> which window is showing it. Alternatively, you can use SysInternals'
> Process Explorer and when focus gets stolen then hit Alt+F4 to exit that
> application and notice which process disappears in Process Explorer.
>
> You'll need to investigate what processes are running. You'll want to
> disable all the startup items, reboot, and retest. Reenable one startup
> item at a time, reboot, and retest. When the problem reappears, the
> just-previously-reenabled program is the culprit.
>
> Is the server running on a laptop? If so, have you tried disabling the
> touchpad so close proximity of the heels of your palms isn't triggering
> a mouse click somewhere you don't expect?
>
> While there are C+ examples of how to find which process has focus, you
> can also use AutoHotkey and a script to find out, as in (got this from a
> Google search):
>
> #NoEnv ; Recommended for performance and compatibility with future AutoHotkey releases.
> SendMode Input ; Recommended for new scripts due to its superior speedand reliability.
> SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir% ; Ensures a consistent starting directory.
>
> ^!s::
>
> WinGetActiveTitle, text ; The window found above will be used.
> MsgBox, The text is:`n%text%
>
> Does the problem go away if you disable any microphone (as a separate
> mic or in a headset) and retest?


The scrpt is run by pressing (Ctrl Alt s) ?

Also, isn't it time to upgrade from C+ to C++ ? :-)
 
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