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    mouse pointer moves by itself
    « on: May 18, 2008, 02:28:25 AM »
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    Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
    « Reply #1 on: May 18, 2008, 02:31:19 AM »

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      Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
      « Reply #2 on: May 18, 2008, 02:33:42 AM »
      how old is the optical mouse?

      sometimes when hardware is starting to fail it does weird things.

      i have personally never come accross a situation where a hacker makes the mouse move. they dont want you to know that they are doing it, so they don't make it obvious until it is too late,

      as long as youhave anti-virus/anti-spyware & a firewall installed you will be fine

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      Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
      « Reply #3 on: May 18, 2008, 06:23:58 AM »
      I have seen my mouse pointer do this, it always goes horizontally, and it stops when I pick the mouse up. I haven't been hacked.

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      Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
      « Reply #4 on: May 18, 2008, 06:32:39 AM »
      ^ It's actually new, so I don't think it's a hardware problem.
      I sometimes have this problem when I accidentally touch the mouse pad with my hand.
      Do you think you might be touching the mouse pad unintentionally (assuming this is a new laptop)?
      Perhaps this could be the case?

      I don't think random jolting of the mouse is a sign of you being hacked.

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        Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
        « Reply #5 on: May 18, 2008, 09:16:15 AM »
        Try cleaning bottom of mouse, If you are using it on smooth surface, change that, unplug and replug.  If none of the suggestions you have so far work, we need your computer info.  See reply from Carbon Dudeoxide:  http://www.computerhope.com/forum/index.php/topic,56953.0.html
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        Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
        « Reply #6 on: May 18, 2008, 09:25:53 AM »
        Try cleaning bottom of mouse, If you are using it on smooth surface, change that.
        That's a good point. This is partly the reason why we use mouse pads. If you are using a mouse on a shiny/reflective surface, you can expect some odd responses.

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        Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
        « Reply #7 on: May 19, 2008, 07:45:33 AM »
        Read about this happening before. It had to do with the video drivers. I can't remember the fix off the top of my head. I will look into it.

        For now would you list out the hardware you have in your system?

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          Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
          « Reply #8 on: May 19, 2008, 07:58:28 AM »
          Try this:Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
          2. Click Printers and other Hardware, and then click Mouse.
          3. In the Mouse Properties dialog box, click the Device Settings tab.
          4. Under Devices, select your touchpad, click Disable, and then click OK.
          You may have a driver conflict and if so this should cure it.
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            Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
            « Reply #9 on: May 19, 2008, 11:57:51 AM »
            Could you be brushing the touchpad while typing?  Following the advice from cryhelp would also help if this is the case. 
            Why is this thus?  What is the reason for this thusness?

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            Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
            « Reply #10 on: May 19, 2008, 03:31:08 PM »
            If you're worried about being hacked, try disconnecting from the net and see if the cursor still moves.
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            Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
            « Reply #11 on: May 19, 2008, 09:09:46 PM »
            If you're worried about being hacked, try disconnecting from the net and see if the cursor still moves.
            Now why didn't we think of that before.... Nice suggestion SuperDave  ;)

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              Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
              « Reply #12 on: May 21, 2008, 06:44:00 AM »
              An errant mouse cursor is not indicative of being hacked.
              Is your current mouse wired or wireless? 
              Do you have another mouse you can use?  Try using a different mouse and see if the cursor still roams. 
              Why is this thus?  What is the reason for this thusness?

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              Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
              « Reply #13 on: May 21, 2008, 10:10:25 AM »
              Thanks for all the help. I disabled the touch pad, it still occurs. I also tried disconnecting from the Internet, the cursor may have moved, but I'm not sure (same when I just used the touchpad). Do you really think it's possible that the computer's hacked?

              It may or may not be hacked, but I don't think that's why the cursor moves.

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              Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
              « Reply #14 on: May 21, 2008, 10:41:10 AM »
              Actually, I have a mousepad, and it's not shiny/reflective.. ???

              Even a very slight gloss can make an optical mouse behave in the manner you describe. Try using something else and see if it still happens, like a piece of regular paper, PVC or vinyl mouse pad, or unpolished wood. The best surface for an optical mouse is a flat colored surface without any reflective properties at all. Believe it or not, some opticals work on surfaces that others don't. The mouse pad I am using now wouldn't work with my Logitech optical mouse (it would do what you're talking about), but it works fine with my Microsoft optical mouse.

              If you have one, also try another mouse.

              It may or may not be hacked, but I don't think that's why the cursor moves.

              I agree. I very seriously doubt this is the issue.

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              Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
              « Reply #15 on: May 21, 2008, 10:50:59 AM »
              Even a very slight gloss can make an optical mouse behave in the manner you describe

              The absolutely worst possible surface for an optical mouse is a mirror.

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              Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
              « Reply #16 on: May 21, 2008, 11:22:35 AM »
              Even a very slight gloss can make an optical mouse behave in the manner you describe

              The absolutely worst possible surface for an optical mouse is a mirror.


              I had my mouse sitting on top of this magazine on my desk. Even the slight gloss the cover had made the cursor run all over the place.

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              Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
              « Reply #17 on: May 21, 2008, 06:42:03 PM »
              I had my wireless mouse in the bathroom once and the mirror moved all over the place erraticly...
              " Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined. "

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                Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                « Reply #18 on: May 22, 2008, 05:24:17 AM »
                I had my wireless mouse in the bathroom once and the mirror moved all over the place erraticly...
                ???

                Why is this thus?  What is the reason for this thusness?

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                Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                « Reply #19 on: May 22, 2008, 05:29:18 AM »
                I had my wireless mouse in the bathroom once and the mirror moved all over the place erraticly...
                ???
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                  Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                  « Reply #20 on: May 22, 2008, 05:30:39 AM »
                  Mr. Moderator has confused Mr. Me.
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                  Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                  « Reply #21 on: May 22, 2008, 05:39:41 AM »
                  Mirror Mirror on the wall......... ???
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                  Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                  « Reply #22 on: May 22, 2008, 05:40:10 AM »
                  In short, mouses don't work well with shiny/reflective surfaces/mirrors ....in fact, they don't work at all with mirrors.

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                  Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                  « Reply #23 on: May 22, 2008, 05:46:24 AM »
                  In short, mouses don't work well with shiny/reflective surfaces/mirrors ....in fact, they don't work at all with mirrors.

                  So, is that a reflection on their shortcomings ? ;)
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                  Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                  « Reply #24 on: May 22, 2008, 05:48:49 AM »
                  In short, mouses don't work well with shiny/reflective surfaces/mirrors ....in fact, they don't work at all with mirrors.
                  So, is that a reflection on their shortcomings ? ;)
                  They just lack the ability to reflect on their actions.




                  ...failed attempt...  :P  :P

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                    Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                    « Reply #25 on: May 22, 2008, 06:23:10 AM »
                    I had my wireless mouse in the bathroom once and the mirror moved all over the place erraticly...
                    The moving mirror is what confused me.  I was looking for a double entendre or some other humorous interpretation.  Perhaps it is a typo?
                    Why is this thus?  What is the reason for this thusness?

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                    Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                    « Reply #26 on: May 22, 2008, 06:25:37 AM »
                    HAHA! The mirror moved all over the place, erratically....all because you brought a mouse into the bathroom, hilarious!

                      :D :D

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                      Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                      « Reply #27 on: May 22, 2008, 06:45:07 AM »
                      I have Windows Vista, and sometimes the mouse pointer moves by itself, an inch or so to the left or right, or jumps to one of the corners of the screen or to the time. What could be causing this? It's an optical mouse, but there's nothing blocking the light. I read somewhere if the mouse moves by itself, your computer could be hacked? Is this true?

                      you have to change your mouse now that is 90% sure that hardware failure 

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                      Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                      « Reply #28 on: May 22, 2008, 06:52:12 AM »
                      I have Windows Vista, and sometimes the mouse pointer moves by itself, an inch or so to the left or right, or jumps to one of the corners of the screen or to the time. What could be causing this? It's an optical mouse, but there's nothing blocking the light. I read somewhere if the mouse moves by itself, your computer could be hacked? Is this true?

                      you have to change your mouse now that is 90% sure that hardware failure 
                      I would suggest trying someone else's mouse before buying a new one.

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                      Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                      « Reply #29 on: May 22, 2008, 07:20:11 AM »
                      I have Windows Vista, and sometimes the mouse pointer moves by itself, an inch or so to the left or right, or jumps to one of the corners of the screen or to the time. What could be causing this? It's an optical mouse, but there's nothing blocking the light. I read somewhere if the mouse moves by itself, your computer could be hacked? Is this true?
                      you have to change your mouse now that is 90% sure that hardware failure 

                      Not likely.

                      1. The poster mentioned it was a new mouse.
                      2. It's an optical mouse, they tend to do this depending on the surface they're on.

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                      Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                      « Reply #30 on: May 22, 2008, 07:23:06 AM »
                      2. It's an optical mouse, they tend to do this depending on the surface they're on.

                      I have an optical mouse and if I lift it about a centimeter off the table, the mouse goes crazy and jumps around.

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                      Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                      « Reply #31 on: May 23, 2008, 06:48:03 PM »
                      2. It's an optical mouse, they tend to do this depending on the surface they're on.

                      I have an optical mouse and if I lift it about a centimeter off the table, the mouse goes crazy and jumps around.


                      Do you have an optical cat? ???
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                      Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                      « Reply #32 on: May 23, 2008, 09:24:24 PM »
                      2. It's an optical mouse, they tend to do this depending on the surface they're on.

                      I have an optical mouse and if I lift it about a centimeter off the table, the mouse goes crazy and jumps around.

                      That's because the sensor can't see the light properly.

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                      Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                      « Reply #33 on: May 24, 2008, 06:29:07 AM »
                      Peckerwood is an optical woodpecker...
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                      Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                      « Reply #34 on: May 24, 2008, 06:30:11 AM »
                      Peckerwood is an optical woodpecker...
                       :D
                      Lol, what's that supposed to mean?

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                      Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                      « Reply #35 on: May 24, 2008, 08:18:29 AM »
                      Street1 will fill in the details...
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                      « Reply #36 on: May 24, 2008, 08:30:45 AM »
                      Street1 I summon you!!!

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                      « Reply #37 on: May 25, 2008, 05:47:14 AM »
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                      Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                      « Reply #38 on: May 25, 2008, 05:51:40 AM »
                      Heh, we better put one on the forums   :P


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                      Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                      « Reply #39 on: May 25, 2008, 09:27:25 PM »
                      ??? ???

                      Someone deleted something....
                      « Last Edit: May 28, 2008, 02:35:47 AM by Carbon Dudeoxide »

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                      Re: mouse pointer moves by itself
                      « Reply #40 on: May 26, 2008, 04:08:49 AM »
                      while i was reinstalling my OS i saw one new feature the Remote Desktop Assistance i think it was called where someone can control your computer from theirs if they are connected it may work if connected wirelessly but i dont know this program or whatever it is too well i just though it was cool.

                      Remote Assistance has been around for years in one form or another (originally part of Microsoft NetMeeting in Windows98, perhaps Windows95, I can't remember which). In WindowsXP it works with the Help and Support Center and Windows Live Messenger. Windows Vista has it as a stand-alone program. It's nothing new, though.