What makes the cursor jump all over the place?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Brad Feldstein, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. I upgraded from Windows XP MCE to Windows Vista Home Premium. Now my cursor
    jumps all over the place. I downloaded compatible drivers, but still
    doesn't help. Any suggestions as to a fix? Thanks.
    Brad Feldstein, Feb 18, 2007
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    minimage Guest

    Please provide more information. Are you using a desktop or a laptop?
    What is the machine's configuration? Does the cursor jump when you move
    the pointer or do something else, or will it happen even when you aren't
    doing anything?
    minimage, Feb 18, 2007
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    Mark \(MCP\) Guest

    If using a wireless mouse, check the batteries. I use a Microsoft USB
    wireless mouse and when the batteries run low, this causes the mouse pointer
    to act erratic.
    Mark \(MCP\), Feb 18, 2007
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    DevilsPGD Guest

    In message <> "Brad
    Stupid question, but is it jumping to "OK" buttons on dialogs when
    dialogs open?
    DevilsPGD, Feb 19, 2007
  5. Go to the mouse control in the Control Panel.
    Uncheck the options to "automatically move pointer to default button"
    Richard in AZ, Feb 19, 2007
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    mads_bs Guest

    I bought a new laptop with Vista (32) on it. No matter if I use the build-in
    touchpad or a USB-mouse (non-wireless), I get the same problem as Brad when
    working with Office 2007, Windows Mail and even with html-forms like this
    one. The cursor will arbitrarily jump to another place in the sentence, and
    sometimes to another form field too.

    This is ver yannoying, so I'd appriciate any helpful comments too.
    mads_bs, Feb 19, 2007
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    DevilsPGD Guest

    In message <> mads_bs
    Could you be bumping your touchpad? One of my laptops is *extremely*
    sensitive by default -- In the factory installed XP, it used the
    Synaptics drivers' "PalmCheck" feature to tone down the sensitivity
    DevilsPGD, Feb 20, 2007
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    mads_bs Guest

    Nope - the problem persists, even when I make all efforts to avoid the
    touchpad. But I'll definately try out an updated Synaptics driver, since I
    cannot find a dedicated driver for the touchpad - seems to work on the PS/2
    mouse driver (how can this be true?)
    mads_bs, Feb 20, 2007
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    DevilsPGD Guest

    In message <> mads_bs
    It's easier to wire the touchpad to the chipset's existing PS/2 ports
    then to sacrifice one of the external USB ports and/or add an additional
    USB chip or hub.
    DevilsPGD, Feb 20, 2007
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    mars373 Guest

    I figured out what is making the mouse cursor jump so much. If you brush the
    touchpad in two different spots in close succession (timewise) the cursor
    leaps from one point to another following the vector between the first and
    second point, so the trick is to guard against this. Hope this helps you out
    there who posted jumpy cursor issues.
    mars373, Mar 7, 2007
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    Warkworth Guest

    not using wireless...any other suggestions...much worse today...tried
    everything...just try to catch the mouse in the control panel....not
    possible! Problem only occurs when cursor on internet page or email. Pointer
    off the page...not a problem. Help!
    Warkworth, Mar 28, 2007
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    ngeorge Guest

    I'm glad I found this place... I'm having the same issue and it is
    driving me nuts... I went from XP Pro to Vista Ultimate on my Dell
    M1710 laptop, and it seems that wherever I set the mouse cursor while I
    am using programs (especially Office, Outlook, or Firefox), the cursor
    will try to jump as close as possible to the mouse after a certain
    amount of time (yes, I checked, and the box is unchecked in the control
    panel). Nothing seems to fix it, and I'd almost say it is getting
    worse... T (there it just jumped to the bottom of the page before I
    could type...) The thing about the post above that intrigued me is that
    he mentioned having a Synaptics touch pad, which I too have (although
    this happens with external mice too)--I'm wondering if there is issues
    with the Synaptics driver/hardware and Vista? I already have the
    latest... this is pretty annoying--so far the only way to fix this is
    to make sure and move the cursor every 30 seconds or so before it tries
    to "jump" again.

    ngeorge, Mar 30, 2007
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    Ben Guest

    Have you tried lowering the sensetivity in the touchpad control software, i
    did this and it has worked a dream since. I am also using a Synaptics pad.
    Ben, Mar 30, 2007
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    Warkworth Guest

    same problem...how do you get the downloads...seems email attachments with
    animation trigger the agitated scrolling...I've visited logitech for
    product...optical mouse USB...but no downloads available for Vista
    Warkworth, Mar 31, 2007
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    Ben Guest

    may be worth trying the xp drivers of vista drivers are not available
    Ben, Mar 31, 2007
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    Warkworth Guest

    afraid to load anything other than Vista...one helluva mess last night...lost
    the mouse completely...what a headache....mouse will only connect to the
    front USB port....then my keyboard wouldn't work....why isn't the software
    company answering our questions...why do we have to rely on others to solve
    our problems....up to here ^ with vista
    Warkworth, Mar 31, 2007
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    Ben Guest

    sounds more like a hardware issue to me boss... doesnt seem to be enough
    power to usb could require a new psu or it could be an issue with the mouse.
    have you tried another usb mouse?
    Ben, Mar 31, 2007
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    hyyella Guest

    this is a glitch in vista. even if you type one key at a time it will still
    jump. microsoft is aware but has not provided a patch to fix the problem. It
    is horrible because you spend lots of money on a computer only to find out
    there are numerous problems with it and you only have a year warranty unless
    you fork over more money. P .S. IF ANYONE IS USING MCAFEE WITH VISTA you
    better unistall it or it will delete you internet explorer exe file.
    hyyella, Apr 19, 2007
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    BISmark Guest

    Same problem, using brand new Dell Inspiron 6400, Vista Home Premium, only
    mousepad, and only in Outlook 2003, mouse jumps erratically from busy to idle
    so fast, continuously, makes cursor unusable.
    BISmark, May 2, 2007
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    Pat Guest

    I am having the same problem when I am typing the cursor moves to another
    place in the paragraph or on the page. It just now did it. I have disabled
    the Synaptics touch pad and have updated my Logitech MX Laser driver. I have
    a Satellite P205-S6237 with Vista Premium. I recently tried a HP Vista
    Laptop and never had this problem. I seem to recall having this problem
    several years ago but cannot find any references. I have not found the
    disable option on the Satellite, I just uninstalled it. It has happen three
    or four times while typing this. I am keeping my hands off of the touchpad
    and set the mouse aside so it is not moving.
    Pat, Jun 3, 2007
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