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strange typing problem on toshiba laptop

cursor moves up a couple lines while typing.

     
3:32 pm on Jan 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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anyone ever experienced this? I type along and suddenly the cursor jumps up a line or two and continues to type there. It's VERY annoying to say the least. anyone have any idea what it could be?
3:33 pm on Jan 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Using a touchpad?

You could be accidentally brushing it as u type.

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3:38 pm on Jan 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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On occassion, I have the same weird problem with my laptop (not a toshiba). I think jack just hit upon a likely answer. Though I usually use a trackball, I've noticed before that when I use the case as a wrist support the touchpad can act screwy re cursor placement --skips around, etc.
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it is a touchpad, I've been trying to becareful of it while typing, but it is still happening. strange because if I am brushing it I must do it the same way all the time because the cursor moves to just about the same place all the time. I was thinking it was some tech issue, but I'll test it with the touchpad off more tonight.
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Any chance it is the "satellite" model, im using one here. I get the same problem, im guessing its my fat hands pressing down on the CD-ROM / battery panels are the bottom of the keyboard next to the touchpad ;)
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craig,

I have a Dell laptop and the touch-pad is so sensitive that sometimes just leaning on the case make the pointer move

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3:49 pm on Jan 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>fat hands pressing down

Right, same here. I tend to bear down on the front section of the case on the flat areas either side of the touchpad. I think it's pressure warping the touchpad, not actually brushing it.

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BOL -- yup it's a Satellite! I went nuts one day last month and got the new one with the 16 inch screen.

RCJ -- "pressure warping the touchpad, not actually brushing it". Thanks! I bet that's it because I've been really careful lately to not brush the pad itself.

Sounds like we've solved it. I've never had a touchpad so that's why I thought it must be something else. Thanks!

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I've got a HP laptop that does the same sorta the same thing - next to the touch pad it's got a smaller vertical pad that acts like a scroll wheel. It's very very cool but it's so sensitive that you pretty much just have think about it and the window will scroll. I have to be pretty careful when typing.
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when I use the case as a wrist support the touchpad can act screwy re cursor placement

My apple does the same thing... drives me batty... and my hands aren't fat either, hehe, so it must just be a universal sensitivity issue with the touchpads.

A trade-off I'm willing to make though. I got a desktop touchpad to replace my mouse a while ago, and while it never did anything strange when I bumped it, it often didn't do anything when I tried to use it either. ;)

What I think is really entertaining (when I'm not annoyed by it) is how absolutely nutty the touchpad will go if my fingertip is the slightest bit damp when I use it... wow.