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mlwjackson

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I was going through some old CD's of backup info before tossing them. After going through several of them I discovered that I can no longer highlight text by left clicking and dragging the cursor across text. Also, I cannot simply left click and drag an icon on the desktop. I can right click and use the move here function but not the usual left click.

I suspect that one of the point and shoot type games I opened caused the problem. Doing a system restore did not fix the problem. I really hate to think that I will have to go to the hassel of doing an XP repair installation but I really need the highlight function.

Anybody got a suggestion?
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Check your mouse button setting in Control Panel>Mouse. The buttons may have been set to reverse functions, causing the left button to act as the right button, and vice versa. It's the first option in the 'mouse properties>buttons' dialogue.
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The buttons had not been changed but I still reinstalled the Logitech mouse software. That did not imporve things either.
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Hello mlwjackson,

Do all other mouse functions work fine?
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Other than drag and drop and highlighting everything appears to work normally. I reinstalled the mouse softwear (it's a logitech wireless optical mouse) and that seemed to help a little bit. I went ahead and did a repair install of XP under the assumption that some of the registry settings were tweaked by the game software. That also helped a little. I am still not back to normal performance but it is marginally tolerable. Any suggestions would still be appreicated.
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mlwjackson,
Does your issue happen in only a specific application?

Edited by tuxmaster, 02 November 2007 - 04:03 PM.

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It is my impression that it happens to about the same degree with all applications. Like I said previously, it has improved, but I still must move at a significantly slower pace to drag and drop and to highlight that what I used to.
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have you tried a PS/2 mouse to see if the problem goes away...
or a stand alone usb mouse

Edited by happyrck, 03 November 2007 - 05:06 PM.

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I have not tried a different mouse. I'll give it a try.
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if changing the mouse doesn't work ..
open another user account and see if you have the same problem on that account
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I think I was having the same problem, try to reset the "theme" of your computer back to the default, and if it's the same problem I had, it should start working again...

Edited by vampie117, 14 October 2009 - 01:40 AM.

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This happens to me daily, if your mouse is wireless like mine simply reset your mouse, that should 100% fix your problem, if not then very sorry.
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