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Solving Window 7 jumping cursor problem by using Vista touchpad driver

There are some neat functions in the Windows 7 driver, such as multi-finger functions and thumb heel toggle show desktop.  I would like to solve the jumping cursor problem without losing those features.

John Fistere
John Fistere
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If you use the mouse,then you must turn off the touch pad.
Lenovo laptops have a glass button (upper right corner) that turns off the touch pad feature.
If you don't,then you'll get the jumping cursor.One or the other ...
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Hi JFistere, did you check the options of your touchpad driver? The driver often has the possibility to activate a feature like 'touchgard' that disables the touchpad briefly as you type. What brand/type of touchpad do you have?
John FistereEngineer, retiredAuthor Commented:
Thanks, but I'm not using a mouse.

I have a Dell laptop.  I've checked the settings and options before, in detail, and didn't see that option.  However the problem occurs not when I am typing but when I am tapping the touchpad to select something.

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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
I'm testing on a Dell as well, I've got Dell Pointing Devices Software v.7.1208.101.116 (ALPS touch pad).

I tested the 'multi finger zoom' (OK) and 'flick' (OK) but I don't have a 'thumb heel toggle show desktop'. What touch pad and driver do you have?
John FistereEngineer, retiredAuthor Commented:
Synaptics PS/2 Port Touchpad

Driver:  Synaptics

I'm having other strange behaviors, too.  When I am navigating (not necessarily typing) my cursor freezes and takes on either of two appearances, often in quick succession, first two side by side default arrow cursors point up and to the left, then two NSEW arrow cursors side by side, one up and to the right of the other.  I have to do some random clicks and touchpad drags to unfreeze the mouse.  Very annoying.

Any cure to suggest, or explanation for the double cursors?

Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Weird, I know you want to use the W7 features of the driver but you could try and install the Vista driver again, to rule out possible hardware issues with your touchpad. If the issue remains I'd run a complete virus / malware scan (like MBAM).
John FistereEngineer, retiredAuthor Commented:
I have turned off "Momentum" and I will see if that works.

John FistereEngineer, retiredAuthor Commented:
I went through all my mouse options and tried to simplify it's features to the minimum.  After having made the few changes below, the bad behavior has not appeared yet.  It needs a few more days of vetting, though.


Listed below are the settings, what I did and did not change:  ("Left" means I didn't change it.)

Changed Scroll selected item to Scroll item under pointer.NOT.  Not allowed. No change
One Finger Scrolling - Left Horizontal and vertical not enabled.

Two Finger Scrolling - Left Horizontal and vertical not enabled.

Pinch Zoom - Changed to unchecked

Rotate - Left unchecked
      Touch Check, 6/8     N/C
      Touch Sensitivity, 2/6     N/C
Momentum - Left not Enabled

Edge Motion
      Region - narrowed region on all sides.
      Speed - Change from finger pressure to fixed speed, 3.6/9

Pointing Enhancements
      Enable slow motion - Left unchecked
      Enable constrained motion - Left unchecked
      Sticky borders - Changed from checked to unchecked.
      Left Button Action - Primary
      Right Button Action - Secondary
      Tap and Drag
            Tap again and hold to drag - Left checked
            Locking Drags - Left enabled
      Tap Zones - Enable Tap Zone - left Unchecked
Application Gestures
      Enable My Favorites - Left Unchecked  (Three fingers stationary)
      Enable Flick - Left Unchecked   (Three fingers moving)
      Enable Home Gesture - Left Checked     (Heel of thumb)
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