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My touchpad mouse skips

I calibrated the pad sensitivity (both ways) i calibrated it several ways. I have even switched operating systems completely. same problem!

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  • bluechipvip Sep 21, 2009

    I have one of the same model...The skipping comes from the pressure of your hands, around the area. if (theoretically) you were able to pull up your palms while you write (Which is not practical) then the prob. would go away.

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Try cleaning it with a little alcohol. If that does not help, you might need to buy a new touch pad.

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