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When I'm typing, the cursor moves

For some reason, right in the middle of typing something, my satellite will suddenly be typing in another place on the page, often in the middle of a sentence I've already typed, causing all kinds of confusion for me. I have to constantly watch the screen even when typing in name and addie info at a website because my computer will erase sentences, stop typing, or move the cursor. It seems to coincide with processor activity. I'd really like to be able to type nonstop for more than a few minutes without my computer deciding that it wants to put the cursor somewhere else, or even nowhere else.

Toshiba Satellie a85-s1072. I've had this computer a couple of year and this just started happening: I'll be typing along and the cursor will disappear and I can't type anymore. It happens every 10-20 seconds. I have to tap the touch pad again to reinsert the cursor where I'm typing. It's definitely a hardware problem because it happens in all programs.

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  • Mythicalflor May 04, 2008

    I have an A215-S4757 and my cursor moves all the time, just as edcohen described it.

  • ctcwils May 16, 2008

    I have this exact same problen on two computers.. a Toshiba Qosmio and another relatively new Acer laptop. This began on both computers at about the same time and I can only suspect strongly that it is some kind of computer of glitch that was placed in the computers by email. It is so bad that I cannot use the computers and I cannot solve the problem.

  • Lyfisgd May 25, 2008

    This is an answer I found from a reviewer on Amazon for the Toshiba Satellit A215....seems to work!

    I really enjoy using this laptop, everything was as expected. lots of people complain about the mouse cursor jumping around when typing, here's how to fix that: when you type, to disable the touch pad, press the FN button (located on your keyboard, next to the CTRL button), hold and press the F9 button, located on top of the row of number button. Doing so will disable the touchpad. to enable it again, simply hold FN and F9.

  • sindia123 Jun 19, 2008

    i am also having same problem

  • DrJerry Grange Jan 07, 2009

    I have the cursor jumping

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2009

    I have the same problem and its driving me crazy. I have a Dell Latitude D630. My hardware crashed, and I got a new one from dell and ever since I installed the new one on my computer i've had this problem. I think its a defective hardware problem since I recevied my new harddrive via warranty, and usually the harddrives they distribute this way are refurbished

  • scaredemma2 Sep 25, 2009

    This problem drives me crazy as well. I have a Dell. I fixed the problem by buying a Mac.


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I think thats the best answer I have heard so far the control actually worked..Thank you very much!

This is the first msg I have typed since I have had the computer where the cursor hasnt jumped..

I tell ya these forums are the best

Thanks again

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Your most likely, and simplest cause is defective RAM memory. Remove the SODIMM and run the machine on just the internal base memory.


If that solves the problem, replace the SODIMM.

If not, run Memtest for a while to see if your base memory is the problem.

The next step, if nothing has been pinpointed, is to run PC Docotr or a similar test suite.

After that, you need a hands-on tech.

Good luck.

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I was having the same problem - I tried the FN+F9 but that didn't disable the mouse for me and I wasn't in love with having to go back and forth. I went into control panel into the advanced settings and turned off the tap feature on the touch pad and other advanced features you can use the touch pad for (like moving the browser page forward and backward - that had also been randomly happening to me) and decreased the sensitivity. Since then it hasn't happened to me or my dad's netbooks - looks like it's doing the trick!

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I went into mouse settings and adjusted the sensitivity of my pad and my mouse seems to be working so far.

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On my Satellite I just installed touch pad driver and the problem has gone.

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