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Acer Vista Laptop and cursor nightmare!!

  1. When I am typing (on my laptop), the cursor moves itself and my text moves. I have tried moving the cursor off the page, and tried to desensitize pad/disable double click or stumilation but cannot find where to;
  2. Also, the cursor clicks on things and opens them by itself on web pages
  3. And, the cursor highlights by itself :(
Any suggestions would be wonderful

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  • nomy Dec 11, 2007

    Thanks, but i still cannot find how to do this.

    When I go into control - mouse - there are only the following to choose from: buttons, pointers, pointer options, orientation, hardware, others, gestures, tapping and scroll function.

    None of these have anything about sensitivity :(

    I don't think it is a virus as it was doing it before I had an internet connection when I was using microsoft word.

    Any other ideas? Cheers

  • Anonymous Dec 18, 2008

    my cursor skips back through the text mid sentence and sometimes disappears completely.

  • Anonymous Dec 18, 2008

    my cursor skips back mid sentence and sometimes dissapears completely, even if the mouse is kept away.

  • jhurta2 Mar 14, 2009

    my curser moves when i am typing and and sometimes my mouse pad goes crazy

  • Bonnie Sep 11, 2012

    I just need to know how to make the cursor larger on an Acer laptop, for my 90 year old mother, who loves playing solitaire, but can't see the small cursor



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Hi -
I've been having the same problem and it is MAJORLY annoying to be typing along, and have the cursor reappear on another line!

I had a heck of a time finding the place to disable the touchpad, since we use a USB mouse with the laptop. Turns out, someone else helped me find a simple way - hold down the Fn key (next to the left side CNTRL key), and hit F7. That toggles the touchpad off/on easily!

Also suggested by someone else, some mice can cause erratice behavior with Acer laptops, so perhaps try another mouse?

So far, I've been typing this response AFTER disabling the touchpad, and the cursor has not jumped around at all.

Good luck! : )

Posted on Dec 12, 2007

  • Beth Muffley
    Beth Muffley Dec 12, 2007

    PS - this isn't a virus - this is an Acer thing that is way too sensitive for some reason....

    Hope the Fn/F7 works for you!


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To change the sensitivity to the mouse pad open CONTROL PANEL. Than open MOUSE. The last tab should be DEVICE SETTINGS, open it. Click on the SETTINGs button it will open a new windows, find the tab that says SENSITIVITY and expand it. you should be able to adjust the sensitivity for palm and finger touch there. Also if the mouse moves with out any touch at all, disconnect from the Internet and run a scan for viruses and spyware and make sure that your computer is not hacked.

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Just manufacturing defect..nbdy cud find the perfect solution guys..

Posted on Nov 12, 2008

I have had the exact same problem with my mouse for about the past 6 months since I bought the Acer laptop.

It can vary from the mouse erratically moving and clicking around the screen, to the mouse simply just clicking erratically in spurts.

I have no way to completely erase the problem except saving up to get rid of this stupid laptop.

It is not a virus but a manufactured defect.

If you are using an external mouse you can do one better than just using Fn F7 to disable the touch pad. You can click Start, go to Run, type MSCONFIG (case does not matter)... Now go to the Startup tab and uncheck any of the Alps Touchpad references in the list. This shuts down the software that loads for the touchpad but will not kill the touchpad itself... now after restart use the Fn F7 and the pad is completely disabled till reboot.

It is recommended with any laptop that the touchpad be disabled if you intend on using a usb mouse, though this will not solve Acer or Vistas engineering and software compatibility flaws.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008

I had the same annoying problem. Thanks to the posts here it was solved.

If you go to control panel; hardware and sound; mouse; tapping; then typing; Tick the 'tap off when typing' button.

Hope this info helps.

Posted on Sep 06, 2008

Okay for the last time.. there is no device settings in there. I only see buttons, pointers, pointer options, wheel, hardware.... no device settings in mouse properties either in control panel or personalizations!!!! btw the Fn + F7 works but temporarily..

Posted on Aug 29, 2008

Answer "to disable the touch pad": 1. Go to Personalization
2. Go to Mouse Pointers
3. Click on Device settings
4. Click on "Disable" buttons.
That's it... but it's for window vista.

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