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Keyboard "key" problem shifting cursor to another part of text

Gateway M675 laptop XP 2002 Prof SP3
Appears that when typing text when hitting the "th" such as in the word, "the," the cursor "jumps" to a previous spot on the page. Also when hitting just the "t" itself.
My touch pad is "active" but I use a Kensington Trackball Mouse. Can't seem to be able to de-activate the touchpad.

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  • Bert Canepa
    Bert Canepa Apr 26, 2009

    First, thank you for you prompt reply.
    Did, "Start, Control Panel, Mouse" comes up with the Kensington Orbital Properties; no tab relegated to "Touch Pad." So, was unable to follow thru on that suggestion.

    Checked regional language options and they "appear" to be ok...everything "English." (Date, time, ok)

    A bit of background:
    My hard drive failed about month ago; had new hard drive installed; Have had problems since with "locating touch pad" enable/disable (which I was always able to access before on "old hard drive."
    Had Windows XP Home Edition on previous drive.
    New drive have XP Prof SP3.
    Since as stated above have not been able to access "touch pad" in Control Panel.
    The keyboard prob started about month after new installations.
    Have now discovered that the top line of keys on keyboard, "Esc, F1, F2 etc thru Del...are inoperative.
    This is very frustrating as I'm a writer and I depend on Word......heavily........

    Appreciate any further advice before bringing to IT people.......

  • Bert Canepa
    Bert Canepa May 13, 2009

    My problem with the keyboard and the "....unable to de-activate the touch pad" has seemingly been solved by my daughter's "tekkie" on site at their copier company (at no cost) in San Jose, CA.
    This is for your information:
    The touch pad software had to be reinstalled; touchpad is now inactive and my "external" mouse is working fine (I now have a Kensington Roller Ball Mouse)...
    Recently I downloaded "Driver Detective" which the Tekkie took out of the system...he said that that kind of software inevitably cause "conflicts" within the operating system and should not be used.

    So my keyboard and my touchpad problem has been solved.

    I thought it would be wise to pass on this information and how it was done.

    ignazthecat (somewhere in the Sierras)



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On XP systems: Start/Settings/Control Panel. Once the control panel opens up, double click on "Mouse". In Mouse Properties, click on the tab at the top called "Touch Pad".

There should be a little box called "Tapping". Uncheck that. All the other options below that should grey out. You have just disabled the ability to select something by tapping on it. You can still move the mouse around, but you would have to press on one of the touch pad buttons to highlight and select any object. If you want to turn it back on one day, simply check that box again.


There is also a section on the bottom of that touch pad screen that's labeled "Typing". Make sure that there is a check mark beside the field "Tap off when typing". That means that when you are typing something, if you accidentally smack the touch pad with your hand, it won't be active. You can also set how long of a wait after the last key was typed before the pad is active again.

Also run a virus scan, Jumping around is not normal behaviour,

Also check regional language options in the control panel are set for the correct language,

Keyboard errors are associated with your region options.

Hope this helps


Posted on Apr 26, 2009

  • Richard Finney
    Richard Finney Apr 26, 2009


    Half of the Keyboard in-operative, strange is that.

    Try running a virus scan, if this turns up nothing.

    And your regional languages are set correctly.

    Your having a keyboard malfunction there.

    Function keys are not really the usual keys to go first either,

    usually the ones you use the most tend to go first.

    Also could depend on the age of the system too. age is a factor, if used heavily.


  • Richard Finney
    Richard Finney Apr 26, 2009


    The way to confirm keyboard problems, is to plug an old USB keyboard in, if this functions ok.

    You have just confirmed the keyboard is defective on your system.





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