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acorn333
Copper

Cursor jumps back when typing

I have Dell Latitude D510.  Recently the cursor has been jumping back when typing, so I find the last few letters appear earlier on in the document.  It's not a Word issue, as happens sometime when typing in Google.

Touchpad only has basic features activated.

Seems to relate to when I rest on the laptop, as if I hover it seems ok - but this is impractical & a bad typing posture!

Other non-Dell forums talk of several causes and several cures, none of which help!

Any ideas, or do I need a new laptop?

Thanks

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fireberd
Diamond

Re: Cursor jumps back when typing

I suspect you are accidentally touching something on the touchpad.  I have that trouble when I'm using my wife's Acer laptop, as I'm used to typing using a regular keyboard on a Desktop PC.  Actually, I have a lot of problems trying to type on any laptop keyboard.

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bboynation
Copper

Re: Cursor jumps back when typing

I wish that were the case,

I've been having the exact same problem.  I just got my computer two days ago and it has been happening ever since then.   At first i thought, as you suggested, it was the base of my hand touching the trackpad.  But since then i've been very carefull to watch my hand movements and it still happens sometimes.  It's the most ing frustrating/annoything in the world.

Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this??

Muchas gracias in advance Smiley Happy

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Re: Cursor jumps back when typing

Do you have an external keyboard you can plug in and see if it still happens?

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Speaker2
Copper

Re: Cursor jumps back when typing

1) Make sure your BIOS is the current version

2) Check for any Dell external device driver updates (even touchpad mice get treated like external devices)

 

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bboynation
Copper

Re: Cursor jumps back when typing

You know what, after i posted my message yesterday, i got soo frustrated with this "jumping text" i decided to do a few experiments

First, i just let the mouse sit over a text field without clicking it to see if it spontaneously would move there... nothing

Then i turned off the trackpad when external mouse was plugged in = no jumping

but then i thought that wasn't necessarily a fair experiment since the entire trackpad was turned off completely

so, next i tried turning off the "tap to click" feature on the trackpad - again, no jumping

Then i took your suggestion, just to be sure, and i plugged in an external keyboard, and again, no jumping

So the only conclusion i could come up with is that it had to be me accidentally touching the pad

Then i watched my self really carefully to see when exactly the text would jump. It always seemed to happen after the character "y". I realized that when i reach to press the "y" button on this keyboard with my right hand, the base of my thump, ever so slightly, grazes the trackpad...mystery solved

It was me all along.

It's annoying, but now i'm just a little more consious of my movements when I reach for the "y" key

 

THANK YOU all for your suggestions and help Smiley Very Happy

clare4137
Copper

Re: Cursor jumps back when typing

now is the time but if i delay too long the cursor jumps back

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Nizabboud
Copper

Re: Cursor jumps back when typing

I can confidently say that the curser jumping is a chronic one with laptop. I have two Dells and one Sony. I use XP, Viesta, and 7 in all three. Even as I type here the curser jumped back to the beginning of the second sentense. I have tried using a mouse, but did not work. I am curful to keep  my palm high avoiding the pad. Yet to no avail. In many cases when I am in a hurry, I discover that a whole sentese, or even a paragraph has disappeared. The curser not only jumps eratically, but also selects text and replaces it as you touch type. One would miss the typewriters. They never did that.

I think it is a microsoft structural problem. I used Macs for many many years. Never known such a stupid problem.

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DaveJC
Copper

Re: Cursor jumps back when typing

I had this problem, 'tapping' was on and so sensitive that the slightest accidental contact with the pad would trigger a 'button press'. I couldn't adjust the pad because the computer saw the pad as a PS2 mouse! A different driver allowed pad adjustment; switching tapping off completely cured the problem.

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CLGreg
Copper

Re: Cursor jumps back when typing

I had the same problem and it frustrated me to no end. Read about a build-up of static electricity, which can be removed by removing the battery, putting it back in and then rebooting. It worked!

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