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The mouse cursor is moving on its own on my HP laptop with Win XP, SP3. It drifts up and to the left a little.I've tried 2 different mice, with 3 different connections (USB on the laptop, USB on the docking station, and Serial port) and also tried NO MOUSE and it still moves. I've tried wiggling the blue nubbin thing to see if it was stuck.

What else to try?
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This is a common problem with laptop touchpads.  You can try cleaning the touchpad and uninstalling /reinstalling drivers  sometimes this works but more often than not you will need a new touchpad.
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by:Dhiraj Mutha
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Try installing the trackpad application on the laptop. Also do a windows update on it. Which is the model of the laptop?
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>>Try installing the trackpad application on the laptop
Not sure what you mean. Can you elaborate?
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by:David-Howard
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What pspqlb means (most likely) is that you visit the manufacturers web site for updates to your system. Specifically, see if there is a trackpad driver/app available for your system. Most laptops have a trackpad as well as a stick mouse (the thing you called the little blue nubby thing). Check for updated drivers for mouse and perhaps chipset. Once installed, reboot and test.
If that fails to correct the issue you may indeed have something under the trackpad that's affecting movement (dirt, etc.).
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Please do let me know the model of the laptop?
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by:Rob Hutchinson
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Another trick that 'might' work. Try pressing firmly( don't break it though) on the little eraser head track point and push it the direction opposite where the mouse is drifting.

Just give it a firm push in the opposite direction to see if it stops it from drifting.
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by:nobus
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if you can shut off the touchpad, that's an easy test to see if it still happens.
or try disabling it from device manager.
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HP model HSTNN-CO2C
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by:allelopath
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WiReDNeT: I've already tried that, but thx for the suggestion.
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by:allelopath
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Also:
Synaptics TouchPad V6.2
Synaptics TouchStyk V1.13
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by:Dhiraj Mutha
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Then try doing a Windows Update, that should work.
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any comment on my suggestions?
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nobus:
The problem is not occurring this morning. When it starts again, I will try your suggestions.
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ok - fair enough
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The problem isn't occurring anymore. I guess I'll accept answer as fair as I can.
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