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Old 05-21-2012, 08:17 AM   #1
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Keyboard Cursor Jumps While Typing


I thought I was imagining things for the last few days but last night I was working on a python script and now I'm absolutely sure the issue is real.

I'm using KDE 4.6.5 from KTown on slackware 13.37 on a new Dell Inspiron 15R Laptop. Any time I am typing in a textbox control, the cursor will jump up and or back at random (seemingly) to a new position and this garbles up my text real bad. I am having to type, really, really slowly to prevent the cursor from jumping to a new position and screwing up my work.

I think I resolved the issue by disabling the keystroke repeat option in KDE but then I can't hold up to go up more than one line, hold enter to go down more than one line, etc, etc. Disabling the keystroke repeat basically makes the computer useless for anything other than web surfing.

Does anyone have any idea how to resolve this or am I just crazy?
 
Old 05-21-2012, 08:36 AM   #2
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keyboard error? glass of cafe?
 
Old 05-21-2012, 08:42 AM   #3
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Could you be catching the touchpad whilst typing? I know a combination of that and catching the menu key causes me to select and delete text when I first move to some latptops.
 
Old 05-21-2012, 09:02 AM   #4
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Could you be catching the touchpad whilst typing? I know a combination of that and catching the menu key causes me to select and delete text when I first move to some latptops.
That's what I originally thought, I must be hitting the touchpad but no it's been going on all week. If I type like a leper with my hands arched upwards to I'm nowhere near the touchpad it still jumps like that. I don't know, maybe there's some kind of hotkey shortcut or something that I'm hitting when I type that jumps me around.

I need to boot into Windows 7, load Visual Studio and try working on some code and see if it happens there too. If not then I can be 100% sure it's a slackware/kde thing.
 
Old 05-21-2012, 09:06 AM   #5
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Don't know if this will help but I have much the same problem and have solved it using syndaemon. I put a script in ~/.kde/Autostart that reads:

#!/bin/bash

/usr/bin/syndaemon -d -i20

The '-d' is to run as a daemon process and the '-i20' tells syndaemon to turn off the touchpad for 20 seconds after a key has been typed. 20 seconds is probably overkill and could be reduced to something more reasonable.
 
Old 05-21-2012, 09:20 AM   #6
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Don't know if this will help but I have much the same problem and have solved it using syndaemon. I put a script in ~/.kde/Autostart that reads:

#!/bin/bash

/usr/bin/syndaemon -d -i20

The '-d' is to run as a daemon process and the '-i20' tells syndaemon to turn off the touchpad for 20 seconds after a key has been typed. 20 seconds is probably overkill and could be reduced to something more reasonable.
Brilliant! I'll give that a try after work tonight!
 
Old 05-21-2012, 06:59 PM   #7
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Brilliant! I'll give that a try after work tonight!
I gave that command a try and the stdout was: Unable to find a synaptics device.
 
Old 11-26-2013, 07:04 PM   #8
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experiencing this exact same issue on a gateway nv-54 like you I thought I was loosing my mind finally my wife was like whats wrong and then I told her she was like sure sure with a wifely smile then she used it this morning to do some stuff. and told me when i walked out 'you know your not crazy there is something wrong. mine jumps randomly drives me nuts. tempted to wipe and reinstall but did some searching and saw this exact same thread so thought I'd ask what your results where. if your still checking.

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I thought I was imagining things for the last few days but last night I was working on a python script and now I'm absolutely sure the issue is real.

I'm using KDE 4.6.5 from KTown on slackware 13.37 on a new Dell Inspiron 15R Laptop. Any time I am typing in a textbox control, the cursor will jump up and or back at random (seemingly) to a new position and this garbles up my text real bad. I am having to type, really, really slowly to prevent the cursor from jumping to a new position and screwing up my work.

I think I resolved the issue by disabling the keystroke repeat option in KDE but then I can't hold up to go up more than one line, hold enter to go down more than one line, etc, etc. Disabling the keystroke repeat basically makes the computer useless for anything other than web surfing.

Does anyone have any idea how to resolve this or am I just crazy?
 
Old 11-26-2013, 09:55 PM   #9
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experiencing this exact same issue on a gateway nv-54 like you I thought I was loosing my mind finally my wife was like whats wrong and then I told her she was like sure sure with a wifely smile then she used it this morning to do some stuff. and told me when i walked out 'you know your not crazy there is something wrong. mine jumps randomly drives me nuts. tempted to wipe and reinstall but did some searching and saw this exact same thread so thought I'd ask what your results where. if your still checking.
Yea I ended up engineering a solution for the problem back in the spring:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...2/#post4941398

I wrote a script that unloads/loads the psmouse kernel module. Basically you install xbindkeys (or any key-press hooking program) and configure it to run the script anytime your sequence of keys are pressed. In my case I setup xbindkeys to listen for CTRL+ALT+D and it runs the script anytime those keys are pressed.

It has been a life-saver for me and I think it went somewhat viral because I get emails fairly frequently from people thanking me for writing it

Hope it helps you out!

Last edited by thund3rstruck; 11-26-2013 at 10:01 PM. Reason: xbindkeys
 
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:03 AM   #10
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Thanks for that little script. It solved my laptops problem also. On mine, the touchpad worked okay until the machine went to sleep. If I forgot to cycle the touchpads on/off switch after it awoke, I would get the same unwanted movement. And of course, it seems almost impossible to remember to cycle the switch.

As an aside, using the stock 14.0 'huge' kernel, I was surprised that the psmouse wasn't just compiled in. Evidently it isn't as rmmod 'psmouse' does remove the module. Live and learn.

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