Strange Cursor Problem *FIXED*!

March 9th, 2011 | Posted in Hardware, Misc Assorted General Stuff | 1 Comment

The strange cursor behavior I talked about in my last post is *FINALLY* cured!  Here’s how:

Last night I spent several hours double checking to see if perhaps, in spite of my safe hex habits, I had managed to contract some kind of malware designed to drive people totally batshit with weird problems like this.

I started out with Trend Micro’s Housecall and after it reported nothing wrong I tried the other free tools on that page to see what they would report.  None of them reported any problems at all.  No malware of any kind was found.

On one of the forums where I was looking for help I was advised to try disabling the touchpad in the BIOS and try a new mouse.  I found that I could not disable the touchpad in the BIOS because it was not an option on any of the BIOS option screens.

While the machine was off I also removed and re-seated the memory chips because of an odd sounding story from somebody who reported similar difficulties.

I rebooted after checking the BIOS with the mouse still disconnected and suddenly the mysterious behavior was gone.  The touchpad now performed fine. All symptoms were completely gone. Everything that I had not been able to do was now working properly.

I did a test to confirm that it was, after all, the mouse.  I reconnected the mouse and the odd behavior returned.  I disconnected it again and the odd behavior continues.  For some reason it actually takes rebooting without that particular mouse connected in order for things to work properly.

I have swapped that optical mouse with an older but still working three button ball mouse I had laying around and now I’m going to think of something that is suitably destructive that I can use that old mouse for.

This whole thing hast left me feeling like some entry-level dunce for not figuring out this problem weeks ago.  You know, like the day it happened.

Actually in truth, I don’t care about that very much.  I’m just glad things are working again!

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One Response to “Strange Cursor Problem *FIXED*!”

  1. Treknicalities Blog Admin on March 9th, 2011 at 13:27

    Glad to hear you got it fixed. Don’t you just hate when the solution to an incredibly irritating problem turns out to be something that you SHOULD have thought of in the first five minutes?

    Been there. Done that. Bought the t-shirt, and ripped it to hell when I Hulked out in frustration.