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mtnmedic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I've noticed when I'm doing some serious we browsing or forum participation and typing away on my iPad that the page starts acting really weird. Everything jumps around, cursor point ends up going to a different place, some keyboard keys don't function and some screen taps don't do anything. Sometimes the page shrinks, gets big and shrinks again. Not sure what that's all about. I know cleaning the screen helps (I use a dry microfiber cloth). Anyone else run into this?

Dell XPS One, HP Tablet PC and Sony Vaio P530H Ultraportable, Windows Vista, iPad 64GB WiFi+3G!!
  • necronym Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)
    Not here, but a build up of finger grease and dirt could I suppose confuse some gestures.

    It is very easy to mis-touch the screen with both hands especially coming from laptop use, where you have a palm rest. The iPad needs your fingers to be entirely clear of the screen so that each genuine touch or gesture, is recognised properly.
  • mtnmedic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I set it down on the counter and walked away. I noticed that one of the apps suddenly started up on its own (Penultimate). I closed that out. Then shortly after that I got the search screen came up. I closed that out and then it came back up on its own. Stuff like that.
  • Ghislain Bellec Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I experienced exactly the same problems you did. Apps starting on their own, keys pressing themselves, other keys hardly responding, weird resizing in Safari...it was caused by my greasy fingers. Just clean your screen.
  • mtnmedic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I did that. No dice.
  • daddave2 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
    I woke up this morning and my iPad had turned itself on and was making me breakfast. Has that happened to anyone else?
  • Pirlouit666 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have exactly the same problem, even when the screen is clean. I have to reboot the iPad to solve this, but thé screen starts again to act funny later. Very frustating.
  • merenkov Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I started a thread on this issue a few days ago. I called it "ghost touching" or "phantom touching". The screen scrolls up and down, zooms in and out, and sometimes jumps to a new page as if I had touched a hyperlink. Happens in Safari, as well as a couple of other apps. The Apple tech suggested a "restore as new", which helped for a couple of days, but now the problem is back. Mine was perfect for the first 3 weeks, and now this. Very disappointing.
  • merenkov Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I had a similar issue and took my iPad back to the Apple Store. They ran some diagnostics, and found that my RAM was almost maxed out, which didn't really make sense. It indicated a faulty processor, so they gave me a new iPad. I took it home, synched, and it only took about 45 minutes to synch 30 gigs of data. My original iPad took about 5 hours to synch for the first time. Clearly there was a problem with the processor in the first one, but I didn't realize it at first, as it took several weeks before it started exhibiting the erratic screen behavior. Hope this helps anyone else who might experience this down the line.
  • Khiem Le Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    You can always try to restore your iPad and see if the problem is fix. Probably the touch screen is faulty. Or it just can simply mean that the screen is too dirty.

    If none works, call APPLE, they are very nice with customers, trust me
  • scottbh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am also having the random, phantom touching behavior. Apps opening on their own, especially Google maps which then zooms in to random places. Also Safari. When it starts happening, it even makes it difficult to turn off. After holding down the power key and going to the red "slide to turn off" screen, it will immediately jump back to a random app. Doing a few times, I can finally power down.

    I caught some on video. Is YT the best place to share that?
  • Quasi Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    got the same problem with the funny movements -.- It's kind of annoying, because it is already my second iPad . My first one just went black - dead..

    hope the third one will work
  • MFDH Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm seeing the same issue on my iPad, appearing around last week and getting steadily worse. Sketching is nearly impossible now.
  • Quasi Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    you should send it in. my new one seems fine
  • MFDH Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Quasi,

    Mine is working okay now as long as I don't put it in a case (any kind of case).

    Apple told me that if the machine is suffering from any kind of physical issue like this over four months since I bought it, the cause must be droppage. Therefore, any service done will have to be done outside of warranty; Apple applies a sliding scale of outside-warranty charges, so that it is cheapest to fix the cheapest iPad and insanely expensive to service the top-end iPad, even if the components to be replaced are identical.

    Service for the iPad 3G 64GB starts at USD 400.
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