Posted 23 March 2011 - 12:12 PM
I have to minimize and then restore (or otherwise shift focus back and forth) applications in order to be able to left click
on links, interact with web forms, interact with menus etc.
Upon a fresh boot I can not left click on anything (start menu, quick launch etc). If I press the start menu key on the keyboard and then move the mouse cursor over the items, nothing highlights or can be left clicked. However, if I right click on the desktop I can then get those menu items to highlight and they are left clickable. If I do a ctrl-alt-del and then minimize the task manager, I can then interact normally with the left mouse button on the start menu etc.
If I launch firefox (3.6.15 or 4.* .. or even IE 8) I can interact normally with the first page that loads. If I open another tab I can no longer click on links on either tab. The cursor does not change when I move it over the links. If I minimize firefox and then restore it, I can immediately click on links again, but only the tab that had focus upon restoring. I have to switch tabs then minimize/restore to click on links (or use forms etc) on the other tab.
This also affects flash controls. If I had a flash video in the first tab then I would not get the menu for play/pause etc until I restore the browser with that tab in focus.
I have tried going back to a restore point before this started (about a week ago) but no luck. I've scanned for malware and virus but everything is clean. I've only installed one program in the last month or so and that was yup yup alarm, which I have uninstalled and the restore point took me to before that installation.
Sorry for the long post, but this insane problem was difficult to describe and I wanted to give as much detail as I could. I am very grateful for any help! If you need more info please let me know.
WinXP Pro SP3
Logitech Wave wired (usb) keyboard
Logitech VX Revolution mouse