Posted 25 January 2009 - 05:41 PM
I got some great help from this someone on this site with a nasty problem a short while ago and now I've returned with some questions about another issue.
I've tried to research this myself, but can't seem to find any answers. This problem has occured before and usually self corrects after a short time, but when it occured last night, it remained until a few minutes ago.
First of all, I'm using Windows XP, Service Pack 3. My computer is a Sony Vaio Desktop with Pentium Dual Core Processor.
Last night, when trying to bring up Mozilla Firefox by left clicking on the desk top short cut, the properties menu came up instead of the program. I tried to left click other icons on the desktop and they all did the same thing.
Furthermore, I could not use the start menu because clicking on it would just toggle the menu on and off rapidly.
At first I could right click the icons on the desk top, but then right clicking would just bring the same toggle effect as clicking on the start menu.
I tried rebooting in safe mode, but it made no difference.
It gets even stranger. After a time, the start menu stabilized and I could left click on items from the start menu and the program would come up as normal, but left clicking anything on the desktop would still bring up properties. Eventually the desktop icons stopped toggling on and off and I could also right click on them and choose open and then the programs would open. But I still couldn't left click on them.
But that's not all. Once I was able to bring up Internet explorer, all the links worked as normal. I could left click on favorites or a link on a page and they would open. But left clicking on anything in firefox-faves, links..etc, would bring up the "Save" window. I could only open anything in Firefox by right clicking and selecting "open in new window" or "open new tab."
Lastly, my keyboard didn't work...I couldn't type anything at all. Therefore, the only way I could open a webpage was if it was already in my favorites.
I did realize that copying and pasting worked if I highlighted something and right clicked "copy" or "paste" I thought maybe I could copy letters from the Character map and paste them into my browser in order to find URLs that weren't in my favorites.
Right after I did that...EVERYTHING started working again. I could type, left click on my desktop icons, etc. Like I said, I've had the problem before, but everything usually started working after a few minutes and a few reboots. This time it took many hours to start working normally again.
Has this happened to anyone else and does anyone have any idea what causes this?