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Sep 2, 2001, 08:47 AM
 
Hi, I'm running 9.2 on a new G4/867 and a strange thing just happened twice...I had been in Internet Explorer, then opened a Word document..it immediately started scrolling down to the bottom and wouldn't stop! I could drag the bar up, but it would drop back down to the bottom. Also the help wouldn't work, I could click and it would appear to lauch the balloon text from the little mac dude, then it would flash and be back to rest; couldn't call up help. Then the weird stuff transferred to the finder and the open windows there...automatic down-scrolling. Another thing I noticed is that I could create a new folder but couldn't name it. Things were fine upon restart, briefly..finder & word OK, then shortly afterwards it came back. Allocated more memory to Word & IE, restarted, same thing. restarted, right now it's OK but I'm guessing it will come back. Can someone tell me WTF is going on? Very weird! the only different thing I did recently was earlier today I custom installed an add-in to Word...the template wizard, bit it seemed fine & harmless. It seems safe for now but it's a creepy occurrence....has anyone encountered anything like this before?
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-Liz
     
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Sep 2, 2001, 10:48 AM
 
Do you have a scroll mouse? If so, try unplugging it. Maybe it's defective.
     
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Sep 2, 2001, 03:34 PM
 
Originally posted by cElls:
<STRONG>Do you have a scroll mouse? If so, try unplugging it. Maybe it's defective.</STRONG>
No, just the apple pro mouse.
So weird...imagine that the scroll bars were all weighted down!

Thanks,
Liz
     
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Sep 2, 2001, 04:30 PM
 
Are you sure nothing was resting on your keyboard? I've stumped myself before by having all sort of weird things happen only to realize that a notebook or something was resting on a key or keys of my keyboard.
     
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Sep 3, 2001, 04:12 AM
 
Originally posted by spicyjeff:
<STRONG>Are you sure nothing was resting on your keyboard? I've stumped myself before by having all sort of weird things happen only to realize that a notebook or something was resting on a key or keys of my keyboard.</STRONG>
Very logical question, but no, nothing is near or on my keyboard!

This is a really weird issue that no one I've talked to/emailed seems to have encountered..maybe a new bug or something...?
     
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Sep 3, 2001, 04:29 AM
 
Have you checked for (Macro)virus?
Murphy's Second Corollary:
It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.
     
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Sep 3, 2001, 05:09 AM
 
It sounds like an extension I know called gravity.
It is not a virus but you need to get it off your system.
     
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Sep 3, 2001, 11:57 AM
 
Originally posted by IUJHJSDHE:
<STRONG>It sounds like an extension I know called gravity.
It is not a virus but you need to get it off your system.</STRONG>
Gravité should affect only icons - it makes them 'weighted' in a funny way.

Sounds like something in the 'Arrow Down' or 'Page Down' keys is stuck. Try unplugging the keyboard in the middle of scrolling a long document and see if it stops when the USB connection gets cut?

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Sep 4, 2001, 06:55 AM
 
Thanks everyone for all the latest help! Update...no viruses, no gravity extension, nothing on the keys...the issue hasn't popped up today but I know it's lurking...
OK, what about a USB extension cord? Would that be a problem? I've connected my keyboard to a Belkin hub via an extension but everything else seems OK through the keyboard...
I don't really have any other connection options, the thing comes with only 2 USB ports!
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Liz
     
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Sep 4, 2001, 10:47 AM
 
This happened to me once - sort of - except the windows were scrolling both up AND down, like I had a poltergeist in the machine. I think I attributed it to Timbuktu playing up at the time (although I wasn't hooked up to any network at the time)... anyway it never came back and was absolutely harmless, even if a little spooky.
     
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Sep 4, 2001, 11:18 PM
 
this same thing has happened to me on my crappy PC with win95 and word 97. shared api? thanks a bunch for porting the bugs to my system, microsoft.
     
   
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