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On my daughter's Dell 1501, when using the touch pad, the right mouse click window keeps popping up w/o right clicking the mouse. Also, when on the desk top, and you close the window mentioned earlier, a blue, translucent box starts opening up on the desk top, and gets as big as when you move the cursor, until you click the mouse. Two really strange problems, are more than likely related, and I think the touch pad and/or mouse click buttons need to be replaced, but am not sure? She has Vista on the laptop, but I don't think it's a Vista problem. Problem has been going on for many months, and is very annoying.

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  • lgerber6 Jan 03, 2009

    How do you update the touchpad drivers? Do you have to search the internet for updates?

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I've had this happen to me by accident once and a while. if it's many months then possibly re-installing the touchpad drivers (or updating them) would help.
You can also adjust mouse settings in the control panel, found in my computer on the left side of the window.
Hope this helps a little, It does sound like the buttons are sticky. be sure to rate! :)

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