The cursor has been jumping around like mad when I type...I am not hitting the pad with my thumbs or hands...I removed the battery. I finally installed a new hard drive...to no avail. Nothing has helped. I have read that I need to unplug the keyboard, clean the plug and plug it back in. I cannot get the keyboard unplugged. Is there a trick to it?
Is there anything else you can suggest as to what the issue is with the cursor movement? I have not been able to use this laptop for months for anything other than gaming. I am ready to chuck it in the garbage!
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I have had this same issue. I realized one day that the palm of my hand was touching the track pad intermittently. Some of the HP laptops have super sensitive track pads. Mine actually has a button that disables it for typing. let me know, if this helps.
Flickering is a back light issue, jumping around would be caused by the screens reaction to a bad inverter and so would the backlight as well. So flickering backlight and jumping would be a inverter issue causing both problems so I would replace them both.
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Yes, you are accidently hitting the touch pad. Trust me--that is what is happening. Some laptops have VERY sensitive touch pads. If you can disable the touchpad and use a mouse, do it. (that is what I do, as I suffered the very same problem.) On one customer, I had to actually open the computer and disconnect the pad. If you can't disable it (many new computers have some sort of switch to disable it, even if it's a combo of the Fn key and one of the special function keys, practice better hand position--raise your seat or lower the laptop to keep your wrists from drooping and getting your thumb near the pad.
The most common reason that your cursor skips around is that you are touching the touch pad when typing. Some are more sensitive than others. On my Toshiba I had that problem, but it has a Fn key that allows me to turn off the touchpad. Problem went away when I went to a mouse instead. Had a client with a Dell with the same problem. I had to actually physically disconnect the touchpad and her problem went away. Now as for the first problem, (the HP), I'd say you have a stuck key on the keyboard. It would make that noise.
When that problem happens to me I turn off my pointer pad. I have a Compaq Presario and it has a button to shut off the mouse pad. When I simply shut it off it does not jump when I am typing. I don't know the originating cause but at least I can make the annoyance go away when it would bother me the most. Hope this helps.