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the busy circle flashes every second on the pointer.
- pc is clean
- does not do it in other accounts like admin
- other mice do same thing

Any help is appreciated
Mark88
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by:Kimputer
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Start in Safe Mode will already discount a few things.
Stopping Printer Spooler in services console might also help.

These are just first steps, if you report it helped, we can continue some more.
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by:Mark O'Brien
ID: 40523708
I stopped spooling too.
This doesnt happen with other accounts or in SM
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by:Kimputer
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Okay, that helps. It means it's related only to your account. Use msconfig now (start > run > msconfig (enter))
In the startup tab, disable everything, reboot.
If the problem disappears, you know it was one of those items. Enable them one by one (rebooting everytime) until you find the culprit. You can of course also enable half of what you disabled, and then some more, but you have to keep track what were the last changes to effectively find which one is the real culprit.
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by:jcimarron
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Mark88-
A long time ago I had this and it turned out to be a problem with one of the peripheral hardware --the CD/DVD disk drive.  But I suspect any other corrupt hardware might cause it.
Look into Device Manager to see if it shows any hardware problems.
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by:web_tracker
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ID: 40524127
if it does not occur in safe mode, or in other user's accounts that login to this computer, it could be a problem in the users profile. I would log in as administrator, then rename the users account as "User Name_old" Then recreate the users account then migrate the users data to the newly recreated profile.
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by:Mark O'Brien
ID: 40524912
I tried installing an internal card reader with an extention cable a couple weeks ago.  I got the cable switched around and the computer hung and did some other odd things.  I wonder if there's a link?  I removed the reader soon after it began to not work.
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by:nobus
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you may have damaged something there; but since it does work in other profiles, i guess it is software damage only
maybe useful to run sfc  : http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1538-sfc-scannow-command-system-file-checker.html
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by:Mark O'Brien
ID: 40525430
I ran that and says all ok
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by:Mark O'Brien
ID: 40525431
Looks like next thing to try is a profile recreation.  Might just reimage too.
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by:nobus
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a new profile can help
if it does not, try a repair install :  http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html
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by:Kimputer
ID: 40526248
So you didn't even try msconfig to disable start up programs? In case you did though, try autoruns too (from ms technet). In case you didn't, no comment at all.
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by:Mark O'Brien
ID: 40526249
thanks for the reminder.  I may have missed it!
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by:Mark O'Brien
ID: 40526378
Nothing unknown in msconfig or autorunning
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by:nobus
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did you make a new profile yet? as next step ?

i know you said the pc is clean - but how do you know?
what did you run to know that ?
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by:Mark O'Brien
ID: 40526411
Flashing doesn't happen in safemode or any other accounts
Cleaned w/ccleaner, superantispyware, SBSD, Norton
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by:nobus
ID: 40526416
then - it was infected before - right?
sorry to say but you may still be suffering from the malware effects
what i do in general is running an AV scan + mbam (2-3 hours max)
if the situation does not clear up drastically; i simply jump to a fresh install - from DVD, or a factory restore
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by:Mark O'Brien
ID: 40526418
Hard to tell.  No real issues before this.  Lots of adware
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by:Kimputer
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It wasn't about anything known or unknown in msconfig. No matter what, just disable all startup items and reboot. Then you know a bit more after that.
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by:cantoris
cantoris earned 248 total points
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You could launch Process Explorer whilst logged in as the affected user.  Look for software running under that user's context that's not active in other profiles.  Watch out for things running from the user's temporary folder or Roaming AppData folder.  Look to see which processes are keeping the CPU active as these may be a clue.
You can also examine the output from AutoRuns for the affected user to see what is running specific to them.

A new user profile sounds a good fix though if you can!
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by:Mark O'Brien
ID: 40531986
Working on it
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by:Mark O'Brien
ID: 40537128
kimputer, i tried the disable all startup.  No change
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by:nobus
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time for a fresh install
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by:Kimputer
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A fresh install is a bit overkill as it was stated that another account doesn't show this behavior. I'd go for creating a new account, and slowly setup and copy things from the old profile (NOT EVERYTHING at once, you might introduce the original problem right back into this new profile).
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by:nobus
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i suggested myself a new profile - but got no indication it helped
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by:Mark O'Brien
ID: 40538028
Oh, sorry Nobus, a new profile is ok yes.  No probs w/it.
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by:nobus
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if that is ok, backup the data from the old profile to the new - and you're done
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by:Mark O'Brien
ID: 40543620
Ive never reinstalled 7 on this box.  So did a reinstall today.  No flashing cursor circle.  I'll give it a couple days.
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by:nobus
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good to hear - let's hope your good to go
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by:Mark O'Brien
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so far....
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nobus earned 748 total points
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keep it up
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by:Mark O'Brien
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Thanks techs!  Love working with you guys! :)
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