Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:32 PM
Mr. Peanut Butter Man:
While I was searching this morning for a VGA cable to hook up my mother's old PC to be able to talk to you, the problem I described went away (my original, uncharacteristically terse post I had to write backwards--really makes you appreciate "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" guy). The PC, a problem-free two-year-old Asus CG5275 desktop running Windows 7, had been on since I posted, without rebooting, which I had already done repeatedly. The problem was two things: The text would go backwards because the text cursor--in a browser or in Word--would stick to the left side. In Chrome, I would hear the error "ding" on repeat--dingdingdingding--if I just opened up that browser. (The mouse pointer was not affected.) This was not due to Hebrew or Arabic right-to-left text entry selection. The other problem, which appeared at the same time, was that the scroll was constantly at "go up" in browsers and in drop-down boxes (I erroneously stated in my post that this was true in all applications; in Word the scroll-down did work.) The scroll problem also meant that in order to follow more than the first posts in a discussion I would have to copy-and-paste a web page to Word. I should also say that these two problems started after I replaced a spottily functioning Siemens SpeedStream 4100 DSL modem with a new Actiontec GT701D. I'm not sure whether the text entry and scroll problems were immediate but they were within an hour. I wanted to simplify the setup to avoid any inter-device incompatibility at the beginning, so I had connected the PC directly to the modem, without the router I usually have; the router is now hooked up again. I can't imagine that a modem would have any software that would cause these problems; maybe the new modem briefly left the PC exposed to some internet malware. In any case, I really really appreciate your being on the case. High-tech-literacy folk who offer help to low-tech-literacy folk are <fulsome compliment here>.