Cursing jumping all over the place in Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Brad Feldstein, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. I just upgraded Windows XP Media Center edition to Windows Vista Home
    Premium. The upgrade went fine on my second attempt AFTER I uninstalled
    McAfee Security Center and McAfee Virus scanner. However, I noticed that my
    cursor has a tendency to jump all over the place. I went to the Synaptics
    website and downloaded the most recent driver that's supposed to work with
    Vista, but I'm still having the problem. Any idea how to solve this
    problem? Thanks.
    Brad Feldstein, Feb 15, 2007
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  2. Brad Feldstein

    DanR Guest

    When your mouse cursor is jumping around... check your CPU usage in Task
    Manager. If it's HIGH than look at "Processes" in Task Manager and see what
    is using the excess CPU.
    Sometimes in XP on various machines I would see very high CPU numbers on the
    performance tab but nothing unusual on the Processes tab. So my suggestion
    may or may not help you.
    But re-booting usually helps. Then pay attention to what programs you've
    used prior to the mouse skipping around you display.
    DanR, Feb 15, 2007
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  3. Brad Feldstein

    deValmont Guest

    OK I know this is stupidly obvious but is it a cordless mouse and if so are
    the batteries fresh?
    deValmont, Feb 15, 2007
  4. Brad Feldstein

    Kerry Brown Guest

    I found my touchpad to be extremely sensitive in Vista. I had to turn it
    off. While typing just brushing it with my palm would cause the cursor to
    jump to a different area of the screen. I never really used it much
    preferring to use a wireless mouse instead so turning it off wasn't an
    imposition. Hopefully Synaptics will come with a newer driver soon.
    Kerry Brown, Feb 15, 2007
  5. Brad Feldstein

    rive0108 Guest

    I am having the same skipping, jumping bezerk touchpad issues. I noticed
    it after installing vista updates around the 9th of february. I also
    tried the synaptics driver- didnt fix problem. Reinstalled default
    microsoft driver.

    The bezerk touchpad is irregular (comes and goes), and after a few
    moments returns to normal sensitivity. I thought my touchpad was going

    This problem doesn't seem to occur with usb optical mouse, and may be a
    result of a conflict with the ps/2 compatible mouse driver.

    gonna go into safe mode and see if it still occurs
    rive0108, Feb 21, 2008
  6. Brad Feldstein

    Saucy Guest

    It's because part of your hand is touching the touchpad.

    Most laptops have a way of toggling off the touchpad. Usually the function
    [FN] key plus another key [usually some icon indicating a touchpad]. When
    you got to type, turn off the touchpad. This precludes the mouse pointer
    moving from inadverent touching of the touchpad by the meat of the thumb or
    some other part of the hand.

    Saucy, Feb 21, 2008
  7. Brad Feldstein

    maya Guest

    I'm having the same problem.. I'm not on a laptop, but a desktop (on
    Ultimate), and my mouse is an optical mouse..

    maya, Feb 21, 2008
  8. Brad Feldstein

    rive0108 Guest

    I only touch the touchpad with one finger. part of my hand is not
    brushing the pad, and my problem has nothing to do with typing.
    Thanks anyways Saucy, but the cursor goes bezerk with the pad not even
    being touched during its little jig. If it were something as simple as a
    brushing of the pad I think I would have resolved the issue by now. I
    suspect its a sensitivity issue and/or conflict.
    rive0108, Feb 21, 2008
  9. Try blowing on the sensor at the bottom. This happens when there is a
    little fluff or fibres there.

    Synapse Syndrome, Feb 21, 2008
  10. I'm sure the people that have started complaining of the same thing recently
    are not that stupid to not have thought about that. There has been some
    Windows Update in the last couple of weeks that is causing this I expect.

    Synapse Syndrome, Feb 21, 2008
  11. Brad Feldstein

    Saucy Guest


    Good explanation, but I am not convinced - IMHO it could also be that
    they've been getting around to typing things with their new Christmas
    laptops [instead of just websurfing and installing apps] and are letting
    their hands touch the touchpad inadvertently as they type - which send the
    mouse all over whereever which messes up the typing.

    Saucy, Feb 21, 2008
  12. Brad Feldstein

    rive0108 Guest

    Come on Saucy- Your assumption is that everyone having this problem are
    computer illiterate, or just stupid


    Alienware Area-51 M5790
    Vista Ultimate x64
    T7600G Core2 Duo 2.33 Ghz (overclocked to 2.66 GHZ)
    ATI Mobility Radeon x1900 256 MB
    1920x1200 WUXGA
    2 GB DDR2 PC5300
    HP digital Tuner express card
    100 GB 7200 RPM HDD
    rive0108, Feb 21, 2008
  13. Brad Feldstein

    rive0108 Guest

    Having the same problem as you (with microsoft ps/2 driver) I installed
    v.10 synaptic touchpad driver for vista x64. Had terrible undesired
    erratic movements/clicking.
    You can adjust this in the setting-
    Palm check and touch sensitivity.


    Alienware Area-51 M5790
    Vista Ultimate x64
    T7600G Core2 Duo 2.33 Ghz (overclocked to 2.66 GHZ)
    ATI Mobility Radeon x1900 256 MB
    1920x1200 WUXGA
    2 GB DDR2 PC5300
    HP digital Tuner express card
    100 GB 7200 RPM HDD
    rive0108, Feb 24, 2008
  14. Brad Feldstein

    rive0108 Guest

    The pointer for a high performance mouse does not move correctly i
    Windows Vist

    to obtain hotfix you must contact Microsoft, or wait for service pac
    to release with hotfix

    _The_pointer_for_a_high_performance_mouse_does_not_move_correctly_in_Windows_Vista (\"\")_


    Alienware Area-51 M579
    Vista Ultimate x6
    T7600G Core2 Duo 2.33 Ghz (overclocked to 2.66 GHZ
    ATI Mobility Radeon x1900 256 M
    1920x1200 WUXG
    2 GB DDR2 PC5300
    HP digital Tuner express car
    100 GB 7200 RPM HDD
    rive0108, Feb 24, 2008
  15. Synapse Syndrome, Feb 25, 2008
  16. Brad Feldstein

    rive0108 Guest

    obatain Downloads for x86 and x64 here:
    'hot fix for mouse pointer not moving correctly in Vista -' (


    Alienware Area-51 M5790
    Vista Ultimate x64
    T7600G Core2 Duo 2.33 Ghz (overclocked to 2.66 GHZ)
    ATI Mobility Radeon x1900 256 MB
    1920x1200 WUXGA
    2 GB DDR2 PC5300
    HP digital Tuner express card
    100 GB 7200 RPM HDD
    rive0108, Feb 25, 2008
  17. Brad Feldstein

    ozone Guest

    You describe the exact problem i am experiencing.i installed vista last
    december,i also tried to seek for a compatible driver but failed,and still
    run the default microsoft driver.please get me if anything breaks p
    ozone, Feb 26, 2008
  18. Brad Feldstein

    ozone Guest

    Your explanation makes a lot of sense to me: microsoft is responsible.i did
    not notice this problem until early februry while i installed vista in nov
    ozone, Feb 26, 2008
  19. Brad Feldstein

    Glump Guest

    I'm having the same problem - I've had it on and off since early Feb. At it's
    worst it's completely impossible to use the machine.

    I have two mice - an old ball mouse with a cable, and a logitech optical
    cordless mouse. They both do it. The mouse pointer repeatedly flicks over to
    the extreme right of the screen - it stays at the same height, so it must
    only be the x-coordinate that is being corrupted. It happens when I am just
    sitting back looking at the computer, not touching the keyboard or the mouse,
    so it's definitely not me. I've tried using different keyboards too, in case
    there was something stuck under a key or something.
    Glump, Mar 22, 2008
  20. Brad Feldstein

    mammawaffle Guest

    I am also having this problem. I am using a brand new desktop (so it'
    not a touch pad issue), a wired optical mouse( so it's not a batter
    issue). The mouse is not usb, so perhaps that is the problem, but it i
    what came with the computer.:
    mammawaffle, Apr 14, 2008
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