Cursor moving by itself

Albert Charron albert at
Wed Nov 14 18:31:59 UTC 2007

Ugo Bellavance wrote:
> Hi,
> 	I have an intermittent problem with my mouse on all versions of Ubuntu
> I tried (I have 7.10 installed at the moment.  The problem is that the
> cursor sometimes decides to move towards a direction, even if I don't
> move my mouse.  It eventually stops.  It is a Dell D800.  It does it if
> I use the Synaptics touchpad or an external mouse.  Any ideas?
> Regards,
Does your Dell also have a trackpoint (the little mouse on the 
keyboard)? There's similar known problem on Dell Latitude C600/C610/D600 
which is caused a short between the keyboard and the trackpoint... The 
solution on the C600/C610/D600 is to replace the keyboard or to 
disconnect the pointer...

If it's the case, you can follow the instructions there to disconnect 
the trackpoint (CAUTION: it implies cutting wires in the laptop, so be 
sure to cut the good one!):

  Albert Charron
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