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Wired Mouse and Trackpad selecting everything on desktop or in applications.

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My wired mouse and BT trackpad frequently start selecting everything that the pointer rolls over. Then starts selecting and copying and imitates dragging and dropping text all over the screen.  Even after restarting, shutdown, resetting preferences for the mouse/trackpad only give temporary correction to the problem. When it happens, control only returns when 'Force Quit' is used because when you move the pointer to the top header of whatever application is on top the

'beachball' appears.  Thanks.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,790 points)

    Hi, seems one of the 2 is going out, if the wired Mouse is an Apple one I'd suspect that first, try disconnecting that when it happens.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,790 points)

    In System Prefs>Mouse, try swirching the Primary Mouse button to the right buton, does that do the same thing?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,790 points)

    One way to test is to Safe Boot from the HD, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, Test for problem in Safe Mode...

     

    PS. Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive

     

    Reboot, test again.

     

    If it only does it in Regular Boot, then it could be some hardware problem like Video card, (Quartz is turned off in Safe Mode), or Airport, or some USB or Firewire device, or 3rd party add-on, Check System Preferences>Accounts>Login Items window to see if it or something relevant is listed.

     

    Check the System Preferences>Other Row, for 3rd party Pref Panes.

     

    Also look in these if they exist, some are invisible...

     

    /private/var/run/StartupItems

    /Library/StartupItems

    /System/Library/StartupItems

    /System/Library/LaunchDaemons

    /Library/LaunchDaemons

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,790 points)

    Good work, does seem like a HW issue... what all peripherals are connected?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,790 points)

    Try it without the USB Hub attached, also might try pulling the KB cord out & see if the Mouse acts right then.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,790 points)

    Same here, my Qudra/630 still runs every day, never a single problem.

     

    So, have we tried typing witthout the Mouse connected, or Mousing without the KB connected?

     

    Open Console in Utilities & see if there are any clues or repeating messages when this happens.

     

    Any Bluetooth devices around? Is BT enabled?

     

    If you turn off Airport does that change anything?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,790 points)

    And the Console log shows no new entries as this is happening live?

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