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Why does my pointer arrow (mouse) change into a weird grey/black blip on my screen?

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I just purchased a Lenovo Idea Pad S 10.  For some reason, I may have a bug.  The pointer arrow occasionally changes to a small pixilated grey circle, with black swirls in it (sort of blip-like).  It's very weird, and a bit disturbing.  It's always the same size--never larger than the arrow.  I'm running Windows XP.   Has anyone else seen this?  How do I fix it?
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Are you sure it is not a 'busy' mode thingy (like Vista) instead of the usual hourglass? Check the settings and see what the different 'icons' are for it

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Nope. I don't think so.  I know what yuou're reffering to and that's definitely not it.
In this case, the arrow completely disappears and for a spit second, I can't scroll or move the pointer when then grey blip appears.  Could it be due to screen resolution?  The screen on this computer is 10 inches approximately..
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Hmmmm.... might be the resolution, Can't hurt to change it and see.
Also look on Lenovo site for a newer driver.
It could also be something pegging the cpu for a couple of seconds, and interferring with it.
Try the System Monitor and see if the cpu  usage is jumping up and whatb is doing it.
You can also try:
Process Explorer  
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx
http://www.download.com/Process-Explorer/3000-2094_4-10223605.html

or

What's Running
http://www.whatsrunning.net/whatsrunning/main.aspx

to check it.

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check the mouse software for it's settings, or in device manager- change the cursor shape for a test
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I did small research - it does not look good.

All users that had those "circles" brought laptops back to Lenovo.

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Great, thanks!  I'll send the laptop back for evaluation.
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