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Even though my options setting says "Double-click to open an item (single-click to select)", things are getting selected when the cursor is merely poised over them without any clicking. Often this means an email or a program is opened without me wanting it to be, or it may mean when I start typing the location where the type is inserted is not where I had clicked but instead where the cursor had moved to in the meanwhile.

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  • datagogo Jan 05, 2009

    Thank you so much for your suggestion. I tried it but it didn't make a difference. Please let me know if you have any other ideas, because this problem is happening in every application I use, including Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, and even just navigating around my file directories.

  • datagogo Jan 07, 2009

    Thank you. I went to the Ease of Access Center and the "Activate a window by hovering etc." box wasn't checked. I tried checking it, rebooting and using the computer for a bit, then unchecking it and rebooting again, but I'm stilll having the problem. I can't change the mouse as I have a laptop with a touch pad (or can I change the touch pad? and if so, should I?). Anyway, my laptop came with Vista pre-installed, so the only way I can reinstall it is from my Vaio recovery disks that I made when I got the computer. Will this mean reinstalling all my other software? It is such a pain because I use a lot of programs and I don't have all of the activation/registration codes easily accessible. Do you think there's a Vista update that will fix this? Anyway, thanks for your help.

  • datagogo Jan 07, 2009

    So, I tried looking around the Internet for answers and I found the following info, but I don't know how to do what it says to do. Can someone interpret this for me? I tried typing the text into both the "Run" box and the Command prompt and neither worked. I am not a power user and don't know what to do next:

    "Use the following command to find the correct handler of the Alps touchpad:

    cat /proc/bus/input/devices

    on my system, it shows up something like the following

    I: Bus=0011 Vendor=0002 Product=0008 Version=7321
    N: Name="AlpsPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint"
    P: Phys=isa0060/serio1/input0
    H: Handlers=mouse3 event5 ts2
    B: EV=f
    B: KEY=420 0 70000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    B: REL=3
    B: ABS=1000003

    Then, modify the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, the tricky part is the "Device" and "Protocol" parameters. Use the above output (in my case, event5) as the value for "Device", and "event" as the value for "Protocol". Saved the file, restart and the Alps on Sony works again.

    The following is my xorg.conf:

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Configured Mouse"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "CorePointer"
    Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
    Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2"
    Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "ALPS"
    Driver "synaptics"
    Option "AlwaysCore"
    Option "Device" "/dev/input/event5"
    Option "Protocol" "event"
    Option "LeftEdge" "120"
    Option "RightEdge" "830"
    Option "TopEdge" "120"
    Option "BottomEdge" "650"
    Option "FingerLow" "14"
    Option "FingerHigh" "15"
    Option "MaxTapTime" "180"
    Option "MaxTapMove" "110"
    Option "ClickTime" "0"
    Option "EmulateMidButtonTime" "75"
    Option "VertScrollDelta" "10"
    Option "HorizScrollDelta" "0"
    Option "MinSpeed" "0.45"
    Option "MaxSpeed" "0.75"
    Option "AccelFactor" "0.020"
    Option "EdgeMotionMinSpeed" "200"
    Option "EdgeMotionMaxSpeed" "200"
    Option "UpDownScrolling" "1"
    Option "CircularScrolling" "0"
    Option "CircScrollDelta" "0.1"
    Option "CircScrollTrigger" "2"
    Option "SHMConfig" "true"


    Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "Default Layout"
    Screen "Default Screen"
    InputDevice "Generic Keyboard"
    InputDevice "Configured Mouse"
    InputDevice "ALPS"

  • datagogo Jan 16, 2009

    Although the link you provided didn't lead me to the right touchpad driver, I was able to find out which driver I needed by checking my hardware configuration (Alps touchpad driver), and while there wasn't a new version, I reinstalled the existing version and it appears the problem is fixed. Thanks so much!!!



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Try to restore defaults

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  • pas_sal1990 Jan 05, 2009

    if you are using vista then this may help:

    "Control Panel
    -> Ease of Access Center
    -> "Make the mouse easier to use"
    -> uncheck the "Activate a window by hovering over it with the mouse" checkbox."


    If it still occurs then try changing mouse, if still the same i think you are going to have to reinstall windows

  • pas_sal1990 Jan 07, 2009

    Ok since you have a touchpad its probably made by a companie called synaptics.Try reinstalling the software of it. 

    Another thing try to disable the touch pad (there may be a button that does that on the laptop) and plug in a usb mouse and see if you get the same result.

    Dont change the touchpad if you are not sure that its the problem


  • pas_sal1990 Jan 07, 2009

    Looks like Linux Touchpad Driver, useless in windows

    this is the driver you need for your viao touchpad,
    might not be the same model but its the same touchtap

    if you want to be sure lookup your laptop model on the sony esupport website



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