Why does the track point mouse move on it's own.

Posted on 2006-04-09
Last Modified: 2010-01-22
I have a Dell 600 and the track point that's built into the keyboard will move up on it's own. I had an IBM laptop that would do the same thing. I have checked the rubber cover that's on the track point and that doesn't help, it still move even of the rubber cover is removed. Any thoughts?
Question by:rdefino
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    Take a look at this too;

    You could try reinstalling the drivers and check for latest bios update;

    You might also try a system restore to before the problem existed.

    A clean install would be the last resort;
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    tim is right if the trackstick mouse is moving by itself the keyboard most likely needs to be replaced if its under warranty call dell, if not you can get one cheap of ebay or if you dont use it, just disable it. depending on what syste, it is dell 600 could be any one of 3 system the latitude d600 or C600 or the inspiron 600m. The D600 and 600m both use the alps touchpoint software and you can get it it through control panel. The C600 uses synaptics and it is also in control panel.  If that software isnt installed download it from dell, and installing it may fix the issue.
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    This often happens when the trackpoint is dirty. You can clean remove the rubber cap and wash it (wait until it is dry before sticking it back onto the knob), or you can replace it. Also make sure you use a can of compressed air on the area around the trackpoint stick. If cleaning / replacing the rubber cap doesn't help, also make sure there isn't too much software running on your PC at the same time, and also make sure you have enough RAM. How much RAM do you have, and what OS are you running?

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