OS X :: Erratic Mouse Cursor - Jumping Or Freezing

Aug 18, 2010

Problem: Was surfing on my Mac Mini when the cursor starts acting erratically, when I try to move it, either freezing or it jumps all over the screen. I have tried repairing permissions using disk utility, resetting the 'pram', used clamXav to scan for virus. starting in safe mode to repair permissions. Don't think it is the mouse its self, used it on Macbook and it's fine.


IMac :: Mouse Cursor Has A Weird Habit Of Jumping Around?

Sep 22, 2008

The mouse cursor on my iMac has a weird habit of jumping around. Eg, I'll be about to close a window, and then the cursor will suddenly jump to the bottom of the screen.This happens with both my Mighty Mouse, and a Microsoft one...

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OS X :: Erratic Blinking Cursor And Repeated Pinging Sound

May 10, 2010

I noticed this problem beginning (give or take) 3weeks ago with my iMac. I'm currently running Leopard with the latest update. It seems I have an erratic blinking cursor, no matter if placed in a URL field, a search field of any sort, or anywhere just trying to type something, the cursor seems to "take off" in this sort of perpetual blinking that I can't make stop. When the problem first began, after 2 restarts, my machine returned to normal. However, yesterday afternoon, the same problem re-appeared.

When trying to close applications, the problem causes a repeated "pinging" sound. I've tried 3 restarts without any luck. I generally leave my machine on all the time with sleep mode activated. I currently use the wireless aluminum BT keyboard and magic mouse. The magic mouse has the latest drivers that fixed my wireless keyboard from dying after every 3 or so days. Nonetheless, I'm baffled, frustrated, and confused on this one. I even ran disk utility this morning to see if something was wrong with the hard disk. The utility finished saying the hard disk appears to be ok.

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MacBook Pro :: Cursor Keeps Jumping All Around?

May 24, 2012

My cursor keeps jumping all around. Someone said it had something to do with the wireless bluetooth app but I disabled it and I am still having the same problem. I have to hold the mouse pad firmly with my finger in order to actually move the cursor. The mouse pad is not greasy or oily as I have cleaned it several times.

MacBook Pro

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OS X :: Jumping Cursor - Typing In Programs?

Feb 4, 2010

I have a MacBook with MacOS 10.5.5 The cursor will jump randomly when typing in programs such as Word or e-mail programs. I haven't been able to find a cure.

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MacBook :: Cursor Is Jumping All Over The Screen?

Apr 18, 2012

I use the mouse on my computer and when I go to move it it jumps all over the place.


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MacBook Air :: Jumping Cursor Came Back After 10.7.3 Upgrade

Feb 3, 2012

since the upgrade to 10.7.3 on my MacBook Air (4GB mem) I am facing the problem with the jumping cursor again. I had this a while ago when using a Logitech M510, switched then to a Magic Mouse which worked fine. 

The cursor is not moving when I don't touch the mouse (I see some other people having that problem which is even more annoying) but when I move the mouse the cursor is following, then stopping, moving again etc. 

Now, with 10.7.3, this problem came back, so I assume it's directly related to the upgrade. And I have it with both devices now, the Logitech and the Magic Mouse.

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MacBook Air :: Cursor Jumping To Other Words While Typing

May 8, 2012

I have a MacBook Air and sometimes while I am typing the cursor jumps to other words in the text randomly.

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MacBook Air :: Erratic B/t Mouse On Cinema Hd With Wifi Drop-off?

Mar 6, 2012

My 4 year old macbook air has become nearly unmanageable when playing on-line bridge. The cursor flits all over the cinema screen tho is stable on the laptop lcd. Also, the wifi drops off intermittantly, and takes upto 2 minutes to refind. The software is original, but up-to-date. 

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.5.8), bluetooth mouse, cinema hd display

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Mac Pro Magic Mouse Jumping And Crashing

Feb 2, 2012

I bought 3 MacPro. One configure 2.8 and 2 MacPro 2x2.4.2.8 MacPro Magic Mouse no problem no crashing and jumping but 2 MacPro 2x2.4Ghz Magic Mouse jumping and crashing.I tested new magic mouse problem is continue.I restore MacPro and install system but problem continue. search web pages same problem is alot of. url...

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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IMac :: Stuttering During Video Playback - Magic Mouse Jumping Around

Nov 8, 2010

During video playback (itunes, vlc...) stutters every 50 seconds or so (no exact interval) and the video currently playing pauses for a few seconds, the audio however continues on. After the short pause it skips a few frames ahead. It doesn't seem like a big problem, yet it's very annoying while trying to enjoy a movie.

Also, I'm not sure if these issues are related, but every minute or so my magic mouse jumps around the screen for multiple seconds (not only during a film, all the time...). Also very annoying, as I work with Photoshop & Illustrator, meaning I do very precise work with my mouse.

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OS X :: Mouse Not Working After Wake / Mouse Cursor Is Beachball And Not Spinning

Jun 6, 2008

When I wake from sleep, my mouse cursor is a beachball that is NOT spinning. I can use my mouse like normal, move it, and click on things, but its still a beachball. I beleive it stays like this until the mouse is actually supposed to be a beachball (when I open a few programs at the same time and the computer starts "thinking"), then it starts spinning and after that it goes back to the normal black arror cursor.

Might be a problem from the 10.5.3 update? anyone else experience this?

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MacBook Pro :: Track Pad Doesn't Work Properly And Mouse Pointer Is Jumping All Over Screen?

May 19, 2012

it feels like someone else is controlling my mouse.  This just started happening.  My trackpad doesn't work or works sporadically.  While typing the pointer is scrolling all over my screen.

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MacBook Pro :: Why Does Cursor Keep Freezing In Lion

Apr 7, 2012

My cursor freezes, and I'm not sure how to fix it or why it's occuring. It sometimes freezes when I'm in Safari, but, alas, I can't now recall if that is the only time it freezes. I'm using the 10.7.3 operating system and the latest Safari.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)

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Software :: Cursor Freezing Up While System Not Doing Any Work

Mar 4, 2009

My cursor is freezing up on me when I let my macbook sit for 2-3 minutes. As long as Im working I have no problem. Its only when I step away from it for a couple of minutes. When this happens my only option is to force quit in order to get out.

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Safari :: MBP Freezing Up - Cannot Move Cursor Around Screen

May 10, 2012

I have a 2009 13 inch MBP with 4G of RAM. Its loaded with the current version of Snow Leopard, version 5.1.5 of Safari and version 4.5 0f the Mail App. The screen of the MBP freezes up 3 - 4 times per day. Ninety percent of the time Safari is open when this happens (some of the time, the Mail App is open as well. The remainder of the time I may have another browser open, but the Mail app is open.I can move the cursor around the screen and "force quit" any open applications except Mail and Safari when this happens. The icons for Safari and the Mail App in my Dock turn grey if I click on them. Otherwise the spinning pizza wheel shows up. I have to use the power button to turn off and restart the machine.

I have tried resetting the PRAM. I also got a couple of error messages concerning Hazel (v3.1.1) via Growl on one occasion. Simply stated that there was an error when Hazel started to run, checking .docx files for Music and video. (Hazel runs from startup and I have rules set up to remove partial and duplicate downloads and clear all Trash files within a set period). I uninstalled Hazel, but the freezing still occurs.The apps I have running most of the day are Mail, a browser, Omnifocus, Preview and either Pages or Word in Office for Mac 2011. I back up a couple of times a day using Time Machine and every couple of days update a copy of my hard drive using Carbon Copy Cloner.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Safari (5.1.5) Mail (4.5)

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Windows On Mac :: Windows Vista Mouse Jumping And Hard To Control In Parallal?

Jun 9, 2009

I'm running Windows vista ultimate on my Imac and lately the mouse started acting weird on Vista, it's jumping around and moving unpredictable,and also i use windows in spaces, and i can't switch to spaces anymore until i click control + command, please let me know what the problem is, ohh i'm running a USB G9 Logitech mouse.

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Hardware :: The Mouse Have A Lag In The Cursor?

Feb 6, 2009

I am using an Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse, and have been since i got my macbook about 9 months ago. I love the mouse, but i have noticed a lag in the cursor. At random times, the mouse cursor starts to lag. When this occurs, i will either clean off the lens or turn it off and back on. Most of the time, these alternatives do not work. I then just wait and it eventually turns back to normal.

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OS X :: Unable To Use Mouse Cursor In 10.5.7

May 18, 2009

Ever since installing 10.5.7 I have been experiencing problems with the mouse cursor. On my intel iMac's primary display (but not my external display)... the mouse cursor will disappear while moving the cursor, then reappear after the movement is over, so it looks like the cursor is flickering rapidly when it's in motion. This flickering problem will happen with a normal cursor only intermittently (usually when the cursor is over a scrollbar), but it always happens when the cursor changes to a crosshairs for screen capture (command-shift-4). As mentioned above, this only happens on the internal LCD, not my external monitor.

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MacBook Pro :: How To Fix Mouse And Key Cursor Lag

May 7, 2010

I'm switching over from Vista so still trying to get used to snow leopard. Couple of things that are bugging me:

1) The trackpad seems to lag slightly when I select text or re-position windows on the screen. What I mean is that when I double click and drag to select some text for example, when I lift my finger from the trackpad (which should end the select procedure) and move the cursor elsewhere, text selection still happens. The only way around this is to not touch the trackpad for about a second before I can move the mouse cursor elsewhere. Is there a way to get rid of this 1 second lag?

2) When I'm typing, and want to move the key cursor over my text, when holding down the arrow keys, the cursor still moves over text very slowly. Is there a way to speed this up?

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OS X :: Mouse Cursor Disappearing On Some Websites?

Nov 6, 2010

on certain web sites my mouse cursor just disappears sometimes does this happen to anyone else. huffingtonpost is on that it happens on often.

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Applications :: How To Hide The Mouse Cursor

Jan 28, 2010

I would like to capture some videos from my screen and use them as part of a video I am going to edit. The video would be of me accessing an application, letting it run and then capturing all of this. Yet I would like it so that the mouse doesn't appear while you are doing this. Is is possible to hide the mouse cursor at will, so that it is invisible?

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OS X :: Mouse Cursor Not Visible When Waking Mac?

Apr 18, 2010

Has anyone had this issue upon waking up the mac, the mouse cursor isn't visible yet you can still click on things. It takes a few mins before the mouse cursor eventually becomes visible.

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MacBook Pro :: Mouse Cursor Disappears?

Jun 30, 2010

i have a 13 inch macbook pro running 10.6. Every so often (a few times a day) my mouse cursor will disappear off my screen. It still works because things are hilighted on the screen and I can still click things when i move the trackpad around with my finger, there is just no pointer on the screen. This only started happening this week and I have had this computer for about 7 months.

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Software :: Mouse Cursor On G4 Frozen

Mar 11, 2009

The mouse cursor on my G4 (see specs below) is frozen. The mouse I usually use is a standard apple mouse purchased about seven years ago. I have tried another mouse (no success) and rebooted using the installation disc in the hope of a disc repair, but again no mouse cursor movement. I am at a loss as to what to do next.

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Mac Mini :: Mouse Cursor Not Responding

May 23, 2012

My mouse cursor is stuck on a spot on my screen. When I move it the pointer springs back to where it was stuck in a second. Can't do anything. Shut the Mini and restarted but still same problem. Cannot get to sys pref to check anything. Running the latest Lion build. Trackpad and wireless keyboard. Also tried with USB mouse with same result.

Info:Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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IMac :: 3-5 Second Response Delay Of Mouse Or Cursor?

Oct 18, 2008

This Imac 7.1 2ghz, 20" is less than a year old. I switched because it promised friendlier functioning especially for my wife. I use Parallels for XP/Quicken only. What drives me crazy is a 2-5 second delay for almost anything I do: scroll, copy, move cursor, any art or photo ops and TYPing. I read all the things to reduce the Pinwheel and did them. Finally I added 2 more Gigs of memory (total 4) and it made no difference. Activity monitor shows tons of free memory.

I cannot believe that I use my tiny Asus to type most of my stuff now because on the iMac I can type something then in the middle of a word, count 'one thousand 1-3 then sometimes get a pinwheel for 2 counts and it resumes typing. It does not seem to matter much if I close everything else (wow that eliminates all that handy windows stuff Apple is famous for).

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OS X :: IMac Freezes - Only Mouse Cursor Moving

Jul 3, 2009

I am be watching a movie on my iMac, or just do other tasks, and everything would all of a sudden freeze up on me, with the mouse cursor the only thing moving around. The system wont let me do anything, and I have to hold down the power button to shut it off.

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MacBook Pro :: Mouse Cursor Drop Shadow?

Apr 18, 2010

I have funny problem, well more of an annoyance than a problem. On my MBP, after maybe a day or two without rebooting (ie. just closing the lid), the mouse cursor drop shadow disappears and the cursor gets jaggy/aliased edges (imagine the cursor from Windows XP, but black). A reboot will bring it back.

The MacBook Pro is a stock late 2009 17" - 2.8Ghz, 4GB etc. with Mac OS X 10.6.3 (this annoyance has happened since 10.6.1). I have the graphics mode set to performance as 90% of the time I use the machine, I'm plugged in.

I've tried to see if there's a pattern to it, but it's seemingly random. Sometimes it's the same day as a reboot, sometimes I go a whole week without rebooting and still have the proper cursor. It's pretty weird. I originally thought it may have related to opening the lid while on battery power, however it's happened a couple of times when I've opened the lid while plugged.

Edit: Another interesting point.... if I plug an external display in, the cursor gets back its shadow, but then when I unplug the screen, it will return to the jaggy look (until a reboot).

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OS X :: How To Make Mouse Cursor Movement Like Windows

Aug 6, 2010

Is there a utility that I can use that will allow me to have the same precision and accuracy with a mouse in mac OS as I have in windows? There is a very different feel when using a mouse in OS X, and I just don't like it.

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IMac PPC :: Why Mouse Won't Work - Cursor Is Not Moving?

Apr 23, 2012

I just got a used iMac (running 10.5.8) with the metal keyboard and mouse. I unpacked the box, plugged in the computer, hooked up the keyboard and mouse.The computer screen came up. I can move around a little via the keyboard's arrow keys but the cursor will not move via the mouse. I got it to move a little by swiping my thumb across the back but that is it. I switched my older, working, keyboard and mouse to the newer machine and it didn't work there. I switched the newer metal keyboard and mouse my older iMac and they worked just fine. What could be going on with the new (but used) computer? I have tried every port for the mouse, keyboard as well as every back port but nothing moves the cursor. 

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Computer was shipped from CA to NY.

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Intel Mac :: Mouse Cursor Not Working Properly

Jun 14, 2012

mouse cursor not working properly, when i go to my hidden dock it will not appear unless i left click, and when i try and drag and drop whatever i pick up gets stuck to cursor and i have to power down, and when i go to the tool bar at top, and highlight a particular section the highlight does not follow my cursor nor will it change from file to edit to view etc. without me actually clicking each individual section, i have done 3 fresh installs, and run the boot cd live and still have the same problem running to boot cd live.

I have no idea what is causing this problem, i have run hardware test, both using memtest for mac and macs own internal test holding the D key down on boot, memtest ran with not errors, but the mac test came up with two seperate issues the first was using the quick test the second was using the extended test: 4MOT/1/ 40000003: HDD-1363 and the second was 4MOT/1/40000003: HDD-1429,Oh the machine is a intel based 20" imac, with the core 2 duo 2ghz processor, 2006 i believe and its running osx 10.5.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Cannot Find Mouse - Cursor Won't Budge

Jun 28, 2012

My O/S cannot find my mouse; cursor won't budge. All batteries are new in mouse & keyboard. Options?

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OS X :: Snow Leopard Mouse Cursor Image Not Changing?

Nov 28, 2009

So I recently got a new iMac that has Snow Leopard and I noticed that this is about the second time that my mouse cursor has gotten stuck... not stuck in location, but the image of the cursor.

I'll move over a textbox and then it changes to the I bar cursor, but then I move away and it stays that... I move over a link and it turns into the finger icon, then I move away and it's still a finger.

Still in the beginnings of diagnosing, but I do have two user accounts logged in. The other account only has a Safari window open though, nothing exciting.

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OS X :: Mouse Cursor Moves To Default Button In Dialogs?

Nov 29, 2009

I used Onyx to clear some caches, and after that my mouse cursor automatically jumps to the default button in dialog boxes.

I have been looking all over onyx and system settings to find a way to turn this off, but I have found nothing.

How do I turn this annoying feature off?

I'm running OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.2.

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IMac :: I7 Mouse Cursor Jumpy And Impossible To Control

Dec 14, 2009

My i7 iMac arrived today with no screen issues and no major problems at all (after scouring the forums the past few weeks, I was a nervous wreck waiting for it). I ordered on Black Friday and believe I have one of the most recent batches with, I cross-my-fingers hope, none of the screen problems that have been reported. However, I am about to gouge my eyes out because of a blasted erratic mouse issue in OSX. I am using a Razer Naga (though it is still a problem with every other mouse I hook up) and regardless of the settings, the cursor is jumpy and impossible to control at times.

I am Bootcamp running Win7 64 and have zero mouse issues on that side of the computer. Its only when I boot into OSX that I have the mouse problems. I have tried the Naga drivers and two USB/Mouse shareware apps, all to no avail. Otherwise, the iMac runs like a dream. In WoW with Ultimate Settings I get 50 fps in Dalaran and 120+ out flying in the world. LotRO runs great as well -- with the recommended settings I am at around 60 fps at all times, even standing at the Prancing Pony in Bree.

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OS X :: Cursor Disappearing After Wake Up / Reappears On Shaking Mouse

Jun 3, 2010

When I wake my computer half the time I do not have a cursor. Is anyone else having this issue?

Sometimes when I open apps and shake my mouse it comes back. I also usually use expose to start my screen saver and then shake the mouse to turn it off.

FYI: i7 iMac with Magic Mouse

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Intel Mac :: Mouse Cursor Changes From Arrow To IBeam To Hand At Will

Feb 7, 2012

my mouse arrow cursor changes at will - it becomes an ibeam or a hand (like the one used when pointing to a link) and then will switch back to an arrow. I use a Logitech wireless  mouse with plugged in USB receiver.  I turn the mouse off whenever I stop work. I changed the batteries on the Logitech mouse yesterday and it had no effect. I tried using the Magic Mouse (which I love, but which has problems of its own - it eats batteries for breakfast and it's not consistently recognized when I wake up the iMac and I have to resort to the Logitech mouse to get going so I rarely use it) to see if it did the same thing and it does. I am still running 10.6.6 and haven't added any software or done anything strange.  I did update Firefox to 9.0.1 a while back, but things were fine a long time after I did that.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.6)

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MacBook Pro :: Magic Trackpad Mouse Cursor Disappears?

Mar 4, 2012

I have a Macbook Pro, running Snow Leopard and from time to time my mousecursor just disappears. It's not while I'm typing but when i just hover over the screen. This happens especially when using iPhoto and Safara but also with some other applications. The cursor usually appears again when I move it over the dock and back into the application but it's kind of annoying.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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MacBook :: Cursor Keeps Acting As If Mouse Or Keypad Being Pressed

May 1, 2012

I have a 3 gig macbook using 10.5.8. It acts as if the mouse or keypad is pressed - intermittently. I notice it both using the mouse and when typing. I disconnected the mouse but it still does it. Typing anything is very hard, web browsing not easy. Files, words, pages, etc. get dragged around. It does it for a while, then stops, but starts misbehaving again. Restarted the machine, but it comes back.

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