My laptop’s cursor keeps blinking rapidly

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Hi,

I seem to be having problems with my laptop's mouse. Whenever I log on to my user account, the cursor starts blinking so rapidly that it slows down processes of the computer eventually freezing it. The cursor blinks so rapidly that it isn't visible anymore, so it's impossible to carry out simple tasks.
 
The main problem is that affects me is that, I can't copy or paste data. An example is, if I select a Ms Word document on my computer then try to move it to a flash disk, the paste function is disabled in the menu, which makes it hard for me. I am forced to select data and drag them to a different location of my desire. If I can't copy paste text, I have to type everything which is quite tedious.
 
I have tried various means to atleast try and solve the problem, but in vain. I usually hold on to Alt- and Space key simultaneously, which halts the blinking for a few minutes or so but the annoying trend returns soon after.
 
I also did a virus scan check with my preferred anti-virus which is called ‘threat fire’, but there seems to be no threat. To confirm that there isn’t a virus causing it, I had to reformat the two drives in my laptop with backing up my essential data that is.
 
Even after resetting to default factory settings of my computer, it still keeps blinking. I am not really sure if the driver is faulty or the mouse itself. The laptop is about 5 years old now and I haven’t encountered such an error.
 
Before I open up my laptop and maybe complicate the problem even further, I’ve asked some of my peers but they are not quite sure what is wrong. Could it be a hardware fault? A system driver problem? A virus?
 
I'm not quite sure and I hope someone would assist it with me with this problem.
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Answered By 0 points N/A #101857

My laptop’s cursor keeps blinking rapidly

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Your Windows XP setup CDROM has a tool called the Recovery Console, which is designed to help you to repair a damaged master boot record or boot sector. To start the Recovery Console and fix your damaged MBR, follow these steps: (you might need to make CD first in boot order in BIOS).

1. Restart your computer with the Windows XP Setup disk in the CDROM drive.
 
2. If you are prompted to press a key to start the computer from CDROM, do so quickly. Otherwise it may try to boot from the hard drive.
 
3. After a few minutes, you'll see a prompt to press the R key to start the Recovery Console.
 
4. When Recovery Console starts, it will prompt you to enter a number corresponding to the Windows XP installation that you need to repair. In most cases, you'll enter "1" (which will be the only choice). If you press ENTER without typing a number, Recovery Console will quit and restart your computer.
 
5. Enter your Administrator password. If you don't enter the correct password, you cannot continue.
 
6. At the Recovery Console command prompt, type" fixmbr" and then verify that you want to proceed. Your damaged MBR will be replaced with a shiny new one, and you should then be able to boot your system normally. In some cases, you may need to repair the boot sector in addition to the MBR.
 
If your system still doesn't boot properly, repeat the steps above, but issue the "fixboot" command instead. If that doesn't work you need to find a way to access that drive from another drive, recover the files and then wipe the drive. It may have a boot sector virus still or it's dying.
Answered By 0 points N/A #101858

My laptop’s cursor keeps blinking rapidly

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These kinds of problems occur due to viruses and hardware problems. In this case I think it is a hardware problem. Deactivate your touchpad and use an optical mouse. When there is any short circuit in the touchpad, this kind of error can occur. If the optical mouse solution works, you may have to repair or replace the touchpad.

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