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Dell Latitude D610 - wandering mouse pointer?

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“Doubt: it's good for you. ”

Since: Jan 07

Maryville, TN

#1 Dec 2, 2007
Okay, this is driving me nuts. I've got a Latitude D610 - it works well enough, but for one (not-so) minor issue: the mouse cursor wanders every now and then.

I've done some searching on this one, and everyone points to the track stick (that little eraser looking nub in the middle of the keyboard), which I already suspected because the problem gets worse as I use it.

Every solution I've been able to find suggests disabling it, which really isn't an option for me. I find the trackpad to be clumsy and hard to manipulate, so I actually use the stick.

Does anyone know of a solution to this that actually leaves the track stick functional?
Dell User

Norwood, MA

#2 Dec 4, 2007
Same problem with my Dell D400.
This is a hardware problem which Dell has abandoned all responsibility. Short of replacing the hardware (the pointer) you are screwed with the rest of us.

“Doubt: it's good for you. ”

Since: Jan 07

Maryville, TN

#3 Dec 4, 2007
Figures. I know of a solution that works on a C600, but I haven't tried it on mine yet because I don't really wanna take it apart unless I can be sure it'll work (disassembling a laptop is a pain).

Looks like I might not have a choice.
Tconnolly40502

AOL

#5 Jan 4, 2008
Gee, thanks guys, I think.<grin>
I never knew what the the purpose of little round button in the middle of my keyboard. I wish it solved my problem, but it didn't. I have a Toshiba M15-S405 laptop (purchased in 2003) and at that time top of the line. For the past 2 years my cursor has had a mind of its own....I've bought several new mouses, uninstalled and reinstalled software, even installed an older version of the mouse software...to no avail. The strange thing is the longer the compter is on the less the cursor probem becomes. It becomes easier to get the cursor back where it belongs by using Ctrl and holding down the left mouse button. The problem is compounded by my typing a message such as this, when I'm finished I have to relocate the randy cursor. Any clues as to what's going on here? I have a new hard drive and up to the minute firewall, virus, and spyware coverage...
Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
t
Gary

United States

#6 Jan 4, 2008
If you have a wandering mouse, get a cat!
tconnolly40502

AOL

#7 Jan 19, 2008
LOL...nice try...I have six cats and they haven't solved the problem.

t
Darryl Webb

Houston, TX

#8 Feb 20, 2008
The C600 model is famous for the wandering mouse.
If you're prepared to get heavy-handed, sharply poking around the palmrest near the touchpad can halt this temporarily or restart the behaviour. The problem is something to do with heating and the plamrest casing starts to push on the sides fo the touchpad.
If you use an external PS/2 mouse you can make a setting in BIOS which basically equates to 'disable touchapd if a Ps/2 mouse is present'. I can't remember then exact option, but it should be easy to find in BIOS. Perhaps the D610 has a similar option?
Darryl Webb

Houston, TX

#9 Feb 21, 2008
Just had the same on a D610 here. Download the latest ALPS drivers from http://support.euro.dell.com/support/download...

The new driver gives you the option to disable the touchpad and the stick pointer separately so you can identify which is the problem. It also has a setting to disable them when an external USB mouse is plugged in, so there's a workaround.
piledriver

Cambridge, UK

#10 Jul 24, 2008
I work in a computer repair shop. The first reply is correct. The pad and/or circuitry is damaged. You are screwed. Dell 500, 510, 600, 610, Inspiron 4100 and many many others have this weakness. Not repairable.(Unless you replace the mobo and touchpad!!!)

“Doubt: it's good for you. ”

Since: Jan 07

Maryville, TN

#11 Jul 25, 2008
piledriver wrote:
I work in a computer repair shop. The first reply is correct. The pad and/or circuitry is damaged. You are screwed. Dell 500, 510, 600, 610, Inspiron 4100 and many many others have this weakness. Not repairable.(Unless you replace the mobo and touchpad!!!)
Oh well. I only paid $100 for it anyway (hard drive in it was bad, but I had one that fit it so it was a pretty good deal), so 's not really worth it to me to replace the motherboard. I've just taken to using a spare mouse whenever possible. Still irritating that they've designed it that way. Thanks for the definite response.
Tech Support Guy

West Des Moines, IA

#12 Nov 19, 2008
Darryl Webb wrote:
Just had the same on a D610 here. Download the latest ALPS drivers from http://support.euro.dell.com/support/download...
The new driver gives you the option to disable the touchpad and the stick pointer separately so you can identify which is the problem. It also has a setting to disable them when an external USB mouse is plugged in, so there's a workaround.
Excellent! Thanks for the link to this mouse driver. The user of the laptop never uses the stick pointer so disabling the stick pointer was an easy and inexpensive solution.
oscar

Murrieta, CA

#13 May 27, 2009
hello im wondering is there a mouse available for a dell latitude d610 laptop,any info greatly appreciated.
DOK

Ireland

#14 Jul 16, 2009
Downloaded Dell ALPS driver and disabled the pointing stick. Laptop now works perfectly.
Thanks Darryl You the best
fallsoffmotorcyc le

Costa Mesa, CA

#15 Nov 2, 2009
Solution:
[from a UK webpage I lost the URL of long ago].

My C610 was unusable due to this flaw. I fixed it and have had no more problems at all.

Now my newer D410 [a gift also] has the same issue!

This solution works every time. It disables the eraser stick permanently and does not affect anything else--except the damned mouse skitter problem!

Remove keyboard and cut ONLY the smaller if the 2 ribbon cables from the keyboard. It comes from pointer stick base. Tape the loose ends up out of the way if necessary.

ONLY CUT THE NARROW CABLE! DO NOT CUT THE WIDE CABLE. DO NOT BEND OR FLEX THE KEYBOARD IN ANY MANNER,[Yes, I am yelling].

Flex the keyboard, and you will e buying a new one [Ebay].

Problem gone and no other side effects.

Software/driver fixes do not remain 'fixed' for very long. External mouse is subject to the same skitterish crap.

Works every time. Just trust me on what to do and what not to do cited above!
Noel1147

Cainta, Philippines

#16 Jan 24, 2010
Excellent! Thanks for the link to this mouse driver. Thanks Darryl, You're the BEST!!! More Power Duuds!!!
Cobus

Gauteng, South Africa

#17 Jan 27, 2010
I tried the download from support.euro..ba...bla...bla, but kept on getting an unexpected error...bla...bla.

Let me tell you what works like a charm. Something sharp to remove the rubber cap and then 'n set of sharpnose pliers to pull the plastic pointer like a bad teeth. Just support the keyboard by pressing on G&N, or H&V depending on which hand your using the pull the little bugger. It work like a charm and now my laptop has a little bitmore character.
Cobus

Gauteng, South Africa

#18 Jan 27, 2010
Tooth that is.
will

Orangevale, CA

#19 Jan 31, 2010
Hello Thanks for the driver info. I downloaded it and installed it. I don't see how to use it to disable the "eraser" pointer. Can you tell me how to do this.

Thanks
david

San Francisco, CA

#20 Feb 2, 2010
Darryl Webb wrote:
Just had the same on a D610 here. Download the latest ALPS drivers from http://support.euro.dell.com/support/download...
The new driver gives you the option to disable the touchpad and the stick pointer separately so you can identify which is the problem. It also has a setting to disable them when an external USB mouse is plugged in, so there's a workaround.
I can't believe it took me this long to find this posting. Thank you. This driver does the trick. I'm free of the mouse stick!
Barki

Karachi, Pakistan

#21 Feb 16, 2010
Latitude d610 users...U can disable the touch pad and the other one(one which moves with one finger ...dont know the name) from bios. and then use USB mouse..

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