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Old 03-10-2009, 04:31 PM
 
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Something like a year ago I spilt a small amount of drink on my laptop. This effectivly messed my keyboard up and now the T and the Y and the tab key dont work so I have to use an external keyboard to type.

In the last week (i'm not sure if this is related or not) my cursor has been going off on one on its own. I looked around and the only instances of this i can find is people accidentily touching the keypad.

In my case this is not so, i dont have to be touching anything or i may even just be using the cursor and it goes nuts clicking everywhere for about 30 seconds and then it will go back to normal. Sometimes i have to get the task manager up before i can use anything as it wont let me click on anything.

Please help! Its driving me nuts!
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:52 PM
 
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I'm almost afraid to touch this issue because I don't have a laptop. Are you relying on the mouse touch-pad, or do you have an external mouse along with the external keyboard? Have you tried disabling the drivers for the main keyboard and touch-pad which are built into the laptop?

The clicking part kinda baffles me. Almost sounds like someone else is controlling your computer. Does it only happen when you're online?
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Old 03-11-2009, 03:27 AM
 
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No it happens when i'm offline too. I use the mousepad.

What would disabling the drivers do? Its nothing to do with me touching the touch pad when typing as i have to use an external keypad.
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:22 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I've seen the built-in touch pads go bad and move the cursor around without human assistance. By disabling the touch pad in the device manager, the cursor quits moving around by itself.
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I've seen the built-in touch pads go bad and move the cursor around without human assistance. By disabling the touch pad in the device manager, the cursor quits moving around by itself.
Hmm, so she'll probably have to get a new mouse, preferably a wireless. It would be a lot easier than a mousepad, anyway.
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Sounds like an interrupt (IRQ) sharing problem. They're less common since the PCI bus was developed, but not unheard of.

Do you have any unnecessary devices you can disable, or unplug if external? If you can, use an external pointing device and disable the internal touchpad in the BIOS, and see if that solves the problem.

You might want to consider replacing the whole thing, too... This laptop may be more trouble than it's worth at this point.
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Old 03-11-2009, 01:50 PM
 
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Did my spilling drink on it do it then? I cant afford another new laptop!!! Barely had this one for long i cant handle external everything the keyboard is bad enough
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Old 03-11-2009, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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<sigh> I can't even remember the number of people that I've cautioned about drinks near a computer. I've fired kids who couldn't resist having their cokes near work computers, despite those warnings.

The phrase is "logical consequences." Yeah, your spilled drink is likely mucking things up. You live with it, or pay someone to replace the keyboard and touchpad. It isn't mean, it isn't a personal attack, it is cause and effect. Those of us who are older learned it with hammers and thumbs.
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