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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by montreal01, Jul 9, 2010.

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  1. montreal01

    montreal01 Thread Starter

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    - portable dell mini inspiron -xp
    cant have control- ca n t write
    please help is it touchpad or m ouse , materiel or software?
     
  2. Cougar10

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    I had a similar problem on my Insipron 1520.

    The touchpad becomes erratic and will start clicking by itself. Reinstalling the drivers did not help. You can try this (Device Manager > Mice > Right click and uninstall ... then reboot) and see if it helps. However like I said, it didn't for me.

    I confirmed this to be a hardware issue because the same problem would happen when I boot Ubuntu. A temporary fix would be to hibernate the computer for 10 minutes then resume.

    Solution: Replace the touchpad. I was able to find one for mine for $20. The documentation on Dell's website explains how to remove and reassemble.

    Try searching for your model. Seems to me their Symantic touchpads go bad after about 2 or 3 years, depending on how much use.

    Regards
     
  3. montreal01

    montreal01 Thread Starter

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    thank f or y our help - as you see it jumps a nd even erase what i write i will try tochange it
     
  4. Cougar10

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    Just to follow-up because this has been an ongoing problem for me,

    The problem had returned no more than a week after installing the new touchpad. Out of ideas and options, I sailed the high seas of google for a fix. Sure enough, the problem wasn't with the computer hardware... my AC Adapter turned out to be the culprit. Have you noticed this erractic mouse problem only occurs when you are plugged in and the battery is less than 95%?

    If it is, you're problem lies with the charger not feeding enough power to the PC. After some thought, I realized this problem started shortly after replacing my hard drive in my Inspiron 1520. I went from a 5400rpm to a 7200rpm.. Subsequently, while my battery was charging my motherboard wasn't receiving enough power, causing the mouse to be erratic and click by itself.

    Waiting on my replacement adapter. I'm 100% positive that will fix my problem. Hope it does the same for you.

    Best Regards and Good Luck.
     
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