Finding the source of rogue mouse movements

__John_L 1 Reputation point
2021-08-02T20:53:29.67+00:00

I have an HP ProBook 6450 running Win7. At times (not all the time, usually some period of time after powering-on), the mouse pointer ignores touchpad commands and will only move vertically, not horizontally. System Restart fixes the problem, temporarily.

In an effort to isolate the problem, I've run disconnected from the Internet, eliminated startup programs, uninstalled Synaptics mouse driver software, disabled a Bluetooth remote control device, all to no avail. I suspect rogue software tomfoolery of some sort.

I downloaded Windows SDK 7.1 Debugging Tools, and found windbg, and used the ".reload -l" command to identify likely suspects.

Is there a way to identify active mouse driver software(s), and/or trace mouse movement originating software?

Thanks in advance for any insight you can provide.

Windows API - Win32
Windows API - Win32
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  1. Sam of Simple Samples 5,516 Reputation points
    2021-08-02T21:15:12.28+00:00

    Using the mouse built in the laptop? Get an external mouse and use it, disabling the one in the laptop. You can do that for diagnostic purposes. If the rogue mouse movements do not occur using the external mouse then get the laptop serviced.

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