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Vic Baron

Now how to explain this - running XP Pro SP3. Most of the time - no issues
but every now and then I will start a program and after loading, click a
menu selection, etc and nothing happens. Try many times - same issue.
However - click on the desktop or NOT on the program window and everything
works as expected. During this, the keyboard is also not effective for the
selected window. This behavior comes and goes and occurs with any program. I
tried replacing the mouse/keyboard hardware - no luck. Uninstalled and
reinstalled latest Logitech driver - no luck.

Mouse will work just fine for quite a while and then for *some* reason, it
won't work in the program window. Even right clicking on the icon in the
taskbar doesn't bring up the context menu. But right clicking right next to
the icon on the taskbar will work just fine. Then, for no apparent reason,
it will start working as expected.

Bring up task manager and there's no unusual processes running.

Any ideas?

Thanx,

Vic Baron
 
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Michael T.

Vic Baron said:
Now how to explain this - running XP Pro SP3. Most of the time - no issues
but every now and then I will start a program and after loading, click a
menu selection, etc and nothing happens. Try many times - same issue.
However - click on the desktop or NOT on the program window and everything
works as expected. During this, the keyboard is also not effective for the
selected window. This behavior comes and goes and occurs with any program.
I tried replacing the mouse/keyboard hardware - no luck. Uninstalled and
reinstalled latest Logitech driver - no luck.
I would start here even though your issue seems to be more than just context
menus.

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
Line #56 right side.
"Enable or Disable Right Click Context Menu "

If it is a USB mouse, try a different USB port. Although you did say the
keyboard also fails.

Try a non-Logitech mouse.

Create another user account and try it for awhile to see if the something is
corrupted in your current user account.

Run a diagnostic application if you have one. I know Dell computers and
others have pretty thorough CD bootable diagnostics.

Check EventViewer for errors next time this happens.

See which processes are running during the failure via Task Manager.
 
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Vic Baron

Michael T. said:
I would start here even though your issue seems to be more than just
context menus.

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
Line #56 right side.
"Enable or Disable Right Click Context Menu "

If it is a USB mouse, try a different USB port. Although you did say the
keyboard also fails.

Try a non-Logitech mouse.

Create another user account and try it for awhile to see if the something
is corrupted in your current user account.

Run a diagnostic application if you have one. I know Dell computers and
others have pretty thorough CD bootable diagnostics.

Check EventViewer for errors next time this happens.

See which processes are running during the failure via Task Manager.

Thanx Michael - I'll start by checking those things.

Vic
 
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Twayne

Vic said:
Now how to explain this - running XP Pro SP3. Most of the time - no
issues but every now and then I will start a program and after
loading, click a menu selection, etc and nothing happens. Try many
times - same issue. However - click on the desktop or NOT on the
program window and everything works as expected. During this, the
keyboard is also not effective for the selected window. This behavior
comes and goes and occurs with any program. I tried replacing the
mouse/keyboard hardware - no luck. Uninstalled and reinstalled latest
Logitech driver - no luck.
Mouse will work just fine for quite a while and then for *some*
reason, it won't work in the program window. Even right clicking on
the icon in the taskbar doesn't bring up the context menu. But right
clicking right next to the icon on the taskbar will work just fine.
Then, for no apparent reason, it will start working as expected.

Bring up task manager and there's no unusual processes running.

Any ideas?

Thanx,

Vic Baron
Just a WAG here but I've experienced something similar:
Is there any chance you are using screen magnification (one that
enlarges everything on the screen)? Something similar happens here; it
turns out the "click areas" have been moved (usually to the right) of
the word/image to be clicked. The actual click area can actually be a
considerable distance from where the link shows. No idea why, but it's
the screen enlarger at work. Put the screen back to 100% and the click
areas go back to where they belong.
Long shot, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

Twayne`
 

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