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Old 23rd February 2003, 03:58 PM   #1
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Default Strange cursor behaviour.

Hi,

I have noticed when correcting text prior to any posting that, whilst working in the 'posting box', my cursor behaves erratically.

In other applications like Wordpad, when traversing the screen, my cursor moves steadily along, and that 99% of the time, I can judge the correct time to release the key for the cursor to end up in precisely the right place to make the desired correction.

However, on the Forum page, the cursor moves along quite jerkily in fits and starts, and most of the time I end up either overshooting, or stopping short of the mark.

Its no big deal, of course, but there must be a reason for this minor irritation which has been prevalent for at least three weeks now.

I didn't mention it before, as I know that several maintenance issues have caused some unexpected problems, and I didn't wish to add to the workload of the Administators who do an excellent job in my view.

However, from my POV, all these other temporary 'teething' problems have been eradicated, and thanks are due to those responsible.

Is this strange situation unique to me, or has anyone else noticed anything similar, and does anyone have any ideas as to what might be the cause?

My OS is Windows 98SE, and I am on I.E. version 6, with the 6.1 'update', and my graphics card is an ATI 'All in Wonder' 128 Pro.

Any help and/or suggestions will be most welcome.

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Old 23rd February 2003, 06:01 PM   #2
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this is quite strange, and the only reason i can think of this is the fact that these web pages are quite large so might require more ram then your system has.

if you have more then one page up at a time, try only on and see if the problem reduces or stops, if so it is definatly your ram and you should look at getting more
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Old 23rd February 2003, 06:13 PM   #3
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this is quite strange, and the only reason i can think of this is the fact that these web pages are quite large so might require more ram then your system has.

if you have more then one page up at a time, try only on and see if the problem reduces or stops, if so it is definatly your ram and you should look at getting more
Hi Fezz,

Thanks for this thought, but I don't think it can be the Ram, somehow, as I have 512Mb installed in my system.

I generally only have the current page (or maybe one other) open at the time of posting, but I will try shutting everything else down next time, and see if it has any effect.

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Old 23rd February 2003, 09:02 PM   #4
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i would be quite interested if this keep on happening, as i wouldn't mind a challenge

but... are you sure it is just this web page - if it isn't, chances are the mouse needs cleaning

i also doubt it is your graphics card - however try running more graphics intensive tasks - like playing a game that you know runs fine for a while. as an overheating graphics card or cpu could cause this.
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Old 23rd February 2003, 09:08 PM   #5
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try some 'Altmann' Tube-o-lator on the keyboard UART, not too much tho.. or otherwise you will find it overly smooth and laidback


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Try hitting IE's STOP button.

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Old 23rd February 2003, 11:35 PM   #7
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try some 'Altmann' Tube-o-lator on the keyboard UART, not too much tho.. or otherwise you will find it overly smooth and laidback


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Hi Ted,

Thanks a lot for such a valuable and incredibly witty addition to this thread.

You must be feeling very pleased with yourself!

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Old 24th February 2003, 01:49 AM   #8
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I have Win98SE. I have a slightly different, but related problem that occurs when I am posting in the Reply box.

As you know, the quote command is written in square brackets, [ ]. Well, when I want to highlight the last word of the quote before the bracket prior to deleting, the blue highlighting won't stop at the last character. I either have to erase the bracket or leave the last character unhighlighted. The highligting will not be able to stop at the space between the last character and the bracket.

What I frequently do is place the cursor between the last character in the quote and the bracket, then hit the spacebar. When there is a space between the last character and the bracket, the cursor can highlight properly. However, I do not have to do that extra step anywhere else but in this forum's Reply box.

Not that big a deal, for sure. But as long as the subject is brought up....

Could it be something about this board's software that makes highlighting slightly imprecise? I do not have the problem to the extent that Bobken does-everything else about the cursor seems normal. But there is that one glitch that might possibly be a lesser version of Bobken's problem.
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Old 25th February 2003, 11:21 AM   #9
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Hi,

Thanks for the responses which make interesting reading.

I have manged to reduce these erratic cursor effects by making some changes to the cursor 'blink rate', 'repeat rate', and 'repeat delay', but it still isn't as good as in Wordpad etc.

I am beginning to wonder if I have some kind of worm or something, as today the typeface on all of the Forum pages is only half the size it has been for the past few weeks.

I have done all the usual virus checks, but nothing comes up, and I have run 'System File Checker' to see if anything unwanted has changed behind my back, but there were no apparent/reported problems.

I might try an 'overlay' re-install of Windows to see if this helps, but, other than this, I cannot think of anything else to do.

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Old 25th February 2003, 12:52 PM   #10
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Default WIN 98.

Hi,

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and my graphics card is an ATI 'All in Wonder' 128 Pro.
Just a wild guess...could it be that somehow the drivers for the card are damaged?

Other than that it could be a damaged font as well...thing is I would know which one.
If IE is missing a font it automatically resorts to the closest compatible one.

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