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I have a strange problem with my laptop. I have had it basically since it was new.

When I move the mouse cursor (in any application) it locks for a very brief moment (computer freezes). Sometimes there is no problem but sometimes it happens constantly (maybe every 5-10 seconds). When the computer freezes I notice that the CPU-activity goes up to 100% for a very brief moment (a spike).

This problem happens both when I use the internal mousepad as well as my external mouse (a logitech mouse).

Does anyone have clue what this problem might be?

- David Tegenmark
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Sounds like something is running in the 'background' and using up all of the resources. I would sweep for virus's, spyware and trojans. Make sure all of that stuff is off.

How much RAM do you have? I just did a memory upgrade on a 2 year old Dell Inspiron laptop. XP home and 128M of RAM. I'm amazed that Dell would even ship a laptop with only 128M on it.

Windows kept increasing the virtual memory on my Gateway laptop even when it was new. I finally set it to 2.5 times as big as the RAM. Setting min and max to the same amount 625M. Now it runs great.
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