switch off auto-selection of text (or what ever it is called ..)

Peter Flynn peter at silmaril.ie
Tue Dec 26 13:31:25 UTC 2017

On 26/12/17 08:52, robert wrote:
> On 25.12.2017 12:36, Owen Thomas wrote:
>> This has happened to be before too.
>> I think Robert is describing a situation where he clicks the mouse 
>> somewhere, and then, after releasing the mouse button, he moves the 
>> mouse cursor, by moving his mouse, elsewhere. He frustratingly 
>> observes all text in the application where he clicked to the place in 
>> nearest proximity to where the moved the cursor to has been highlighted.
> exactly
>> I have had this problem too, and I believe it is because I have 
>> accidentally enabled some assisted typing facility. I don't know how 
>> to stop it, but thankfully it hasn't happened to me in a while.
>> I don't know how to fix it, but it could be a hardware thing? What 
>> type of hardware have you got Robert?
> dell xps15

I have the identical problem...on my XPS 15, and AFAICS its the touchpad 
hardware settings.

(I'm also curious to know — in another thread, I suggest — how you got 
Ubuntu installed at all, as none of the flavours will boot from the USB 
for me — they all hang on the fourth coloured dot while the Ubuntu logo 
is on-screen during bootup, apparently because the video driver is 
mismatched. I found that Mint doesn't do this, and it detects *and* 
installs *and* fixes the NVidia driver problems *and* correctly updates 
grub, which no other distro would do on this laptop).

The XPS 15 touchpad is GROSSLY oversensitive, and I did at some stage 
during OS/boot experimentation discover a command which reveals and 
allows setting dozens of touchpad parameters. But I don't have that link 
with me right now. Now that I have a fairly stable installation, I need 
to revisit this and find settings that work — but it will be a long 
process, as I don't actually understand what a lot of the settings were 

But it is a known problem, and I believe people have solved it.


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