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Hi there, i was looking into buying a used toshiba satellite m35x and wondered if you found any solution to your problem, or at least a good diagnosis, as the laptop i am looking at seems to have a similar problem. thanks!

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  • AlexCn Dec 08, 2008

    I have a Toshiba notebook Serial number 16194222Q
    Model Satellite A105-S1013 purchased Feb 2006.

    About 3 months ago I updated the BIOS to what I believe is still the latest BIOS -- Version 2.20 03-15-2007

    Running XP home with SP3 and likely all current updates, including what I believe is the latest optional update to synaptic touchpad software, version 6.2.

    Note that I have two different users that log on, myself and my wife. I use it 98% of the time.

    ABOUT a month ago, if I remember right, SOMEtimes when I started up from a cold start at the login screen (where I chose either to login as Alex (me) or as the wife the cursor would be briefly live and then freeze (would not respond to the touchpad). If I used the keyboard (tab key) to navigate to the login I could proceed and the computer would be fully functional (at least to the extent of anything I could run by using keyboard shortjust) but cursor still frozen.

    Other times the cursor will not freeze prior to login, but about 15 seconds after logging into Alex (my desktop) while the appletts in the system tray are loading it would lock up. I began to suspect that something loading in the system tray was locking it up and started disabling them. Thought I had found the guilty applett when I disabled Windows Defender, but that turned out to be not so. Other reason I thought it could be something loading in configsys startup is in the next paragraph (because wife's login has different configsys list.)

    When the cursor is frozen the icon for synaptics touchpad in the system tray has a red X on it.

    And here's what I think is the both the clue and the real kicker:

    If the cursor is completely locked up on my login and I use Cntrl-Alt-Del to get the Task Manager and then Alt-U to get the shutdown dialog and then use Log-off Alex (or Switch user) to get to my wife's login, THEN the cursor is fully functional. If I switch back to my side it's still frozen.

    Again, this might suggest there's something in my startup that's the problem, EXCEPT that SOMEtimes I still get a frozen cursor before logging into either user. Also, my startup really doesn't have anything new or updated that wasn't there before this freezing started as best I can tell. The newest thing was Windows Defender IIRR.

    Other item of info:

    If I luck out and AM able to log onto my own user without the cursor freezing if I hibernate the computer (rather than shutdown and restart) it stays unfrozen forever. In other words, if it gets past the login and the loading of my settings without freezing it's free and clear.

    Again, I would suspect something in the startup list on my side EXCEPT that SOMEtimes it freezes before even logging in to my side.

    Clearly this is not a hardware problem.



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