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xUSR

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Hi, I have a fairly new Dell Inspiron laptop running Windows 8. I am having a very strange problem with random happenings occurring while I am typing. Sometimes for example while typing in Microsoft Word, my cursor will jump up 5 lines randomly. Sometimes when I am typing into notepad, notepad will minimize on its own. Sometimes i'll be writing in PuTTY and the configuration menu will randomly open. These are all examples and its very bizarre there is no pattern. I don't even know what to check for this. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks
 

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If you are using the laptop keyboard and have not disabled the touchpad you are probably inadvertently touching the touchpad with thumb or wrist.
 

xUSR

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I don't think it's the touchpad. Besides, I can't disable the touch pad I need it. It's not a touchscreen laptop.
 

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It's not a touchscreen laptop.
That has never stopped me from using a USB mouse. :)

Besides, I can't disable the touch pad I need it.
Sometimes it can be easily disabled/enabled. My two HP laptops have a little switch just above the touchpad. Lenovo uses Fn+F5 to toggle it.

I don't think it's the touchpad.
Then probably some kind of keyboard problem, but I have no more specific idea. Contact Dell if you are sure it's not the touchpad.
 
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