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Touch mouse will jump occasionally

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jack-o-bytes, Aug 2, 2011.

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  1. jack-o-bytes

    jack-o-bytes Thread Starter

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    Hey there everyone, I have been looking at a friends laptop recently that has been having a few problems. It is a Dell vostro 1000 and it came originally with Windows XP on it. I have upgraded it to Windows 7. It started off alright but then started to get slow and I re-installed Windows 7 again. This time I have made sure that I have all the correct drivers and programs. However even after a fresh install the mouse occasionally just jumps a bit. As you move the mouse around it will freeze for half a second then jump to wherever I continued to move it to. I thought it was a RAM problem but then I changed the RAM and it is still happening. Anyone got any ideas?

    Thanks, Jack
     
  2. kris141087

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    Hi there first off is the touchpad clean? a dirty touchpad can make a pointer jump around. Does the pc meet windows 7 min requirements? a quick google of the dell vostro 1000 showed it as having 512MB which is half of what is recommend. Try turning windows aero off that may help.
     
  3. crjdriver

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    2 gig is about the min to really run win7 without problems. Laptops use some of the system ram for video ram as well and that eats into the available ram. If you have at least 2gig installed, I would check the hard drive for problems. Momentary freezing is often a hard drive issue as the system accesses the page file.
     
  4. Courtneyc

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    Update the motherboard drivers. Update the video card drivers (it is the video card that control the mouse on the screen).
     
  5. jack-o-bytes

    jack-o-bytes Thread Starter

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    Hey thanks for the quick replies :) I have changed the RAM and run windows 7 on 2Gb of RAM on my main computer and it isn't too bad at all (mainly because I keep it majorly neat and have no extra programs running) The touch pad is also clean. The idea of the hard drive not being great sounds like it could be spot on as the laptop has been damaged and knocked about a bit from what I can tell. I have a mate that has a spare SATA 2.5" drive so I think I am going to try one of those tomorrow and see how it goes :) Thanks for the input guys, Jack
     
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