No, it's not like the cursor moves on its own or anything; it has more to do with the
mouse buttons when using them to move files,
select objects, move windows, etc. I've actually I've seen it on a variety of
different Dell machines over the last few years. I
just always notice it because I tend to use the "nub" mouse (with the trackpad
mouse buttons), while my coworkers tend to favor the
trackpad, which works fine (they always have no idea what I'm talking about until I
From: Sean Madden [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 12:49 PM
To: Jeff Weston
Subject: Re: 2nd mouse on Dells = erratic window manager behavior?
Since you've seen this problem since Fedora 8, I can assume that you've had this
laptop for a while.
I work in IT for a major college, and we see issues like this on a number of laptops with
nub mouse, both on Windows XP and Fedora*. Cleaning out the nub mouse usually helps the
but I don't believe it to be a software issue as it spans two OSs.
On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 11:45 AM, Jeff Weston <Jeffery.Weston(a)nrl.navy.mil> wrote:
Since about Fedora 8, and definitely in Fedora 9 and 10, there has been a problem
with the window manager on Dell Latitude laptops with two mouse inputs (touch
pad and joystick-style). Occasionally, it will do very strange things when you
use the joystick-style mouse (the touchpad works perfectly though) ... maximize
windows while you're moving them, double-click files you're trying to move,
leave selections on the desktop that can't be removed via a refresh, and once
in a while, it will actually lock X up hard, requiring the old
Ctrl-Alt-Backspace. This behavior may be more common when using the joystick
Mouse with the touchpad's buttons, but I'm not sure.
Sorry if this is a dupe, I didn't know exactly what to search for. And like I
said, it's been there a while, though I realize that a laptop with two built-in
mouse interfaces is somewhat uncommon...
Also submitted as Bugzilla bug #488836, with no acknowledgement in 6 weeks...
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