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Posted on 2007-10-19
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I've hunted everywhere for a solution to this problem but no joy. There are lots of posts about people having a similar problem where clicking on desktop folders opens a the search screen, this is different than my problem. Here's the story
I was working on my computer just fine this morning when the left mouse double-click stopped working. Right click works as expected and single left clicks work ok, though when using IE a single click seems to do a "back page".
The computer is a Fujitsu laptop, Lifebook A series with XP pro, I'm running it "docked", there isn't any real dock, just leaving it closed and using a monitor, usb mouse (Logitech L7) and usb corded keyboard (ms natural elite)
I have tried everything I can think of. Mouse properties look fine, no swapped buttons, double click speed is set to the middle. In the test area for double clicking, I never get a response, it doesn't seem to be reading the clicking. I tried deleting the mouse driver in safe mode and letting it reinstall. Did the same with all the USB ports as well. I tried other cordless and corded mice, same results. If I use the touch pad and laptop buttons, everything works perfect.
There were a few posts out on the web about reinstalling SP2 from a local full download version, which I did (did not uninstall it, just ran install again). Ran multiple spyware and antivirus programs, totally clean.
What's especially funny about this is I'm "the computer guy" and a friend of mine has had this problem on her computer for about 5 months and I've been trying different things to fix it but no luck and WHAM now I get it. I really want to find a solution for her otherwise I would have just formatted and reinstalled. Thanks in advance,
Ralph
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I'd try fully uninstalling the mouse from Device Manager...
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Before going through a repair install of XP, can you system restore to a restore point from when the mouse was working normally?
How about the touchpad?  Does double tapping the pad work?
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what if u use a different browser other than ie?
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I will try the inplace repair when I get home, no XP disk here at the moment. I thought I saw something similar that you can do from the command line with the XP disk in?

I already tried to remove the mouse in Device Manager, also removed all the USB ports and let them reinstall.

Touch pad and double tapping work fine, even with the mouse installed
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maybe an issue with the usb port then? have u tried disabling/reinstalling the usb port drivers?
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u dont even need to go so far as to do an inplace upgrade, just start the windows setup from the bootup cd. it starts by loading all the drivers and it initalizes the mouse, right? so this way ull at least know if its really a hardware issue or an os issue.
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by:ac24
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ok dear -
by the way this is the solution for "Search Opens When Double Clicking A Folder"
                      http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/folderopenssearch.reg
just download and RUN

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NOW try this for ur MOUSE problem

 restart and boot into SAFE MODE - now check ur mouse Double & Single Clicks -



regards



regards
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update:
Tried the in place repair but repair wasn't on the menu.
I previously removed the mouse and usb ports from device manager, no effect
Booted into safe mode, problem still exists
Booted off a Bart's PE (windows pre-install environment) and the mouse seemed to work ok, though there wasn't much to double-click on to test.

About the only I see is to do a fresh install which you be the quickest fix. I'll hold off awhile and see what other suggestions come in since I still need to solve this problem on a friends computer. thanks
-Ralph
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Curious....
In prepping for the in place repair I moved everything on my desktop onto another drive. After not have the option to repair I rebooted the computer. I happened to d/c on the recycle bin just to be sure there wasn't anything in it that I might need. The d/c is working again. I moved everything back onto the desktop and folders open/programs run like they should. I'm not 100% satisified it won't come right back, so I'll leave this open for a bit.  
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if mouse works fine in BART PE Environment so just so a format and install new OS (Windows)....
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have one of your friends use the mouse for a while. that'll tell u if its the mouse.
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