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Text mouse pointer keeps changing into scroll mouse pointer

2020-04-08, 4:35 AM

At least once every day, the I-beam mouse pointer that appears when I hover over text would suddenly change into the pointer with a small scroll bar that normally appears when I use the middle button above the touchpad to scroll. It would stay this way until I either rebooted or I went into the Mouse Properties settings, changed the pointer scheme to something else, and then changed it back. In addition to this, a small black box would appear around my regular mouse pointer, but only when it is on my second display. This issue started occurring quite a while ago, and it was initially less frequent. Now it occurred daily and sometimes multiple times per day. It would happen at a different time every day.




I have tried updating my mouse, touchpad, keyboard, and graphics drivers using both the device manager and Lenovo Vantage. Here is all the information about my system that I can think of:


Model: ThinkPad T470s, 20HF006LUS

OS: Dual boot Windows 10 Pro 10.0.18363 Build 18363 and Ubuntu, the problem occurs on Windows and started before I installed Ubuntu

Synaptics Pointing Device Driver: Provided by Synaptics, version

HID-compliant mouse Driver: Provided by Microsoft, version 10.0.18362.1

HID-compliant touch pad Driver: Provided by Microsoft, version 10.0.18362.175

Intel(R) HD Graphics 620 Driver: Provided by Intel Corporation, version

Keyboard driver: Provided by Microsoft, version 10.0.18362.1

Second Display: 1600x900, connected via HDMI

External mouse connected via USB


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Re:Text mouse pointer keeps changing into scroll mouse pointer

2020-07-03, 22:16 PM

My T460 does the exact same thing!  Very annoying!  I've reinstalled everything related to the mouse/trackpoint to include reinstalling the synaptics touchpad/trackpoint drivers, mouse drivers, and it still comes back. toggling mouse cursor settings in windows, and of course reboots will fix it but it always comes back.  I think it is just crappy drivers by lenovo or windows...who knows...they all produce disposable overpriced garbage.  You would think a software developer making 100k+ a year could fix it but they don't care.  It is not profitable for them to fix it - they expect you to trash your hardware before they fix it.  Sorry for the rant, just am sick of it.

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