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Touchpad too sensitive

My Dell Vostro, Windows XP, touchpad moves itself, selects text and deletes emails when I've hardly touched it. I went to the touchpad settings screen and set it to act only when I click, and to minimum sensitivity, but that did not help. How can I fix it?

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  • DougHndrx Mar 29, 2009

    I've got a very similar problem with my Vostro 1000. The touchpad worked great for well over a year, but the one day all of a sudden when I try to use the touchpad the cursor started jumping up and down and now it does that very frequently. It seems odd that the problem started up so quickly after being fine for so lone. I wonder if there's some software conflict. I've noticed that when booting the computer the touchpad works OK but then after booting is complete then the problem returns. Anybody got any ideas for fixing it that don't involve using an external mouse?

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I have a Dell Vostro also..awesome units..but that's another subject..unfortunately the area you changed is the only place to manipulate the touchpad. What I ended up doing was buying a USB wireless mouse. Now I can control it and it doesn't have a mind of its own..it just a little glitch in the computer make-up...sorry couldn't provide a better answer but this time there is no better answer. Good luck, let me know if you have any questions.
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