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Recently a couple of XP SPK 2 computers in my office started to display a strange creeping movement of the mouse cursor.  At times the cursor will begin to move up and to the right until you grab hold of the mouse.  At first I thought it might be some dort of vibration in the office causeing the mouse track ball to move. I changed out the mouse and it still happens.  Upon researching this, many say it is caused by Logitch mice.  This didn't sound "logical" and I did manage to find one article relating to some sort of virus.  I went to the top 3 virus protection sites but could not find any mention of a mouse moving virus.  Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.
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by:rindi
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This can happen if the PC is running at it's limits. Have you tried disabling some running apps, added RAM, and does the disk still have enough space?

This also happens often on notebooks with builtin touchpads or pointing sticks. On there it helps if you clean the keyboard using a can of compressed air, cleaning the touchpad surface, and also removing the rubber from the pointing stick, cleaning the stick then use a new rubber cap for the stick. Sometimes if you are using an external mouse on a notebook it also helps if you disable the internal pointing device.
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I have no solution for you but have experienced this on a number of machines, my own included.  It apparently requires a mouse as the laptops I work on only exhibit the problem when a mouse is attached.  It doesn't matter about the brand of mouse because I use several and get the "creeps".  As far as I can recall, it seems only to be in Windows XP.

I have also seen it happen on machines I have built from new parts, so I doubt that it is virus related, especially since it does not occur regularly.

My solution is to roll my eyes back, sigh, and say "ahhh... Windows"
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Thank you everyone for your input.  After careful consideration of the responses I received here along with reading more then 100 cries for help from a Google search, I decided to ask a tech at Dell.com.  I couldn't believe it.  In less then 3 minutes, he told me to download an updated driver at http://ftp.us.dell.com/input/R113813.EXE then after rebooting, go into the mouse properties and disable the pointing stick.  I did just that and the problem went away.  I couldn't believe it!!!  Basically, the tech said the keyboard has gone bad.  Although the keyboard still works fine, the stick mechanism has obviously failed.  I hope this helps those who look for advice on this issue.
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