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#1 tweimer

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 04:51 PM

I am running XP on a Dell Dimension and every 30 seconds the window you're viewing goes inactive. I hope that makes sense but to be sure I'll describe it another way.
You can be typing an email in Outlook and all of a sudden, for no apparent reason, the window stops being the active window and you are no longer typing. Now you can wait about 10 secs. and the window will reactivate by itself or grab the mouse and do it manually.
It's driving us batty and so far we cannot find a solution. I have even gone so far as to reinstall Windows but no luck.

I hope someone can help,
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Posted 29 January 2007 - 09:11 PM

If you have tried reinstalling and are having the same issue, then that leads me to believe it might be hardware related. The simpliest and first thing that comes to mind is your mouse. It sounds like it is almost like your mouse is sending signals that move the curser, or tell your computer to activate a different window, or a different part of a window. Replace the mouse and see if the issue dissapears. At least that is what I would try first - mostly because it is a simple test.
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Posted 30 January 2007 - 12:35 AM

You can prevent applications from "stealing focus" by downloading and installing Microsoft's free TweakUI and following the instructions set forth here.

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 05:13 AM

Well that was a good idea about the mouse and i was hopeful but it did no work. I switched out the cheapo Micro mouse for a new Microsoft one install software (auto) rebooted and problen still exsists.

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 05:20 AM

And Tweakui didnt work either because i was looking at the part of the tree that says "prevent applications from stealing focus" and it lost focus! Man this is driving me crazy.
PS This window "lost focus 3 times while typing this reponse. :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 09:36 AM

Take an inventory of the applications on your PC - it's likely that one of them is stealing the focus. Also, whatever app that it steals from is also stealing it back - so you've got multiple issues here.

Check for viruses and spyware - here's a link to a free, online scan: http://safety.live.com/

Try shutting off a few apps at a time to see if you can isolate which one is stealing the focus. You also may want to watch the Processes tab in Task Manager to look for the activity that occurs every 30 seconds. That'll point you towards the offending app.
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Posted 02 February 2007 - 10:29 AM

Here is a tip on how to avoid stealing focus with FF.

Attention this is a registry tweak!!!! Back up your registry PLease look at this guide How to back up your registry prior to doing so

After installation, open Tweakui--expand the General tab and click Focus--put a check mark beside "Prevent applications from stealing focus"--click OK

If you still have the problem, click Start-- click Run, type regedit--OK--
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop--in the right pane, locate and then double-click ForegroundLockTimeout--under Base, click Decimal, type 0 in the Value data box--click OK--reboot.


Edited by fozzie, 02 February 2007 - 10:32 AM.


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Posted 02 February 2007 - 06:52 PM

OK I'm going to try these ideas and see. It's the weekend so I may not get to it til Monday but Ill post progress then.
Thanks again




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