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I have a Windows Vista (updated with service packs and updates) running on a Dell Inspiron 530 desktop PC purchased in Nov 2007. It has 3GB DRAM, and a Core2Duo Intel microprocessor. For about 5 mths now, I've had an intermittent problem which is affecting all 4 Windows users I have setup on this machine, including me (the only administrator). When I restart my machine when the problem hits, the problem is resolved, but then sometimes comes back. The problem seems to hit at least 10 mins after initial startup/reboot, but I see no other pattern. I'm using a Microsoft 4000 wireless keyboard and Logitech m305 wireless mouse. I have the latest drivers on both and I've diagnosed them both (fresh batteries, swapped both out) and they don't seem to be the root cause. I have McAffee Security Center (antivirus), Microsoft Security Essentials (anti spyware), and Microsoft Firewall. All are updated automatically. The problem includes these issues: - backward typing: when the problem hits, wherever I type (IE8 address bar, IE web page such as Google Search, Firefox, MS Word 2003, etc), the letters I type come out backwards and the cursor moves from right to left - In browsers, when I click up on the address bar, the cursor moves from right all the way to hard left - when I got to show my desktop, I see flashing icons, and if I try to click START to log off, I can't logoff because the Log Off/Restart/Shutdown/etc options are flashing such that I cannot select any one of them. The only way to restart/shutdown my PC is to press CTRL-ALT-DELETE and then to shutdown from my main Windows login screen (where the 4 icons are -- for the 4 users I've setup on this machine) Here's what I've tried to diagnose/fix the issue with no luck: - installed new batteries on wireless keyboard and mouse - downloaded latest Windows updates - installed Java 1.6.21 - Cleaned Java caches/etc per instructions - ran "cleanup" via McAfee SecurityCenter - Ran Malwarebytes scan and removed trojan.agent and pc.dropper and just checked, my system is clean of any malware - Replaced Windows Defender with MS Security Essentials 2 months ago (the backward typing issue existed before/after this I'm perplexed! I'm the only user (of 4) on this machine that has admin rights so I'm very careful not to install garbage stuff on this machine or to open spam like emails, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Nick S

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I had the same problem a few months back and submitted questions to Gateway then Acer who manufactures Gateway. No help was really given so I went to Microsoft. All I was told to backup all files I wanted to keep and reformat my drive, then reinstall the Windows. That did work for a full hour only and the problem came back. Since then I purchased a new hard drive and the problem is gone

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