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I have a strange problem that my mouse keeps selecting everything I point to. For example, if I open Rhythmbox, then at the top of the screen there is a text which says which song is playing. If I move my mouse over this text, then it will select this text; but I am not clicking.

This behaviour does not happen in all programs. For example in Firefox I have no problem at all. Maybe it is Gtk related? Nautilus also behaves strangely; I cannot open files by clicking on them, I have to select and make a box around the file and then press enter to open it. If I click, then nothing happens. Similar problems also happen with other Gtk software.

I think the problem might be related to touchscreen issues (I have a touchscreen). I run Gnome 3 on Ubuntu 12.04. I have a HP touchsmart 610 desktop computer. Any help is greatly appreciated.

UPDATE: I just did a fresh reinstall, and I am 90% certain that it is related to the touchscreen drivers. Here is what happens when I reinstall. At first boot, so exactly after install, everything works fine, except the touchscreen: The touchscreen does not respond. I update ubuntu, because I installed from an old CD (CD with ub. 12.04). Then on next reboot I have touchscreen working , but the working touchscreen comes together with the mouse selecting everything on its own.

SECOND QUESTION: Would anybody know how I could figure out what those touchscreen drivers are (so that I can disable them) ?

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Try hitting escape a few times, our tapping your touchpad. I've had this at times when using my laptop with the touchpad-type mouse. Unfortunately, this may just be a bug. Try to find out if you can reliably reproduce it. –  belacqua May 27 '12 at 20:19
    
it is easy to reproduce, because it always happens with no exception. Go into the program, and Gnome will think I have my mouse clicked and select things I move over. –  meneer May 28 '12 at 8:52
    
You might try looking on launchpad for a similar bug. (You can see my profile for the 'how to report a bug' link, as well.) –  belacqua May 29 '12 at 18:36

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There is a bug in X and it's already reported. Sadly it took a while for them to realize that it's made by X.

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Got to System Settings -> Universal Access -> Pointing an Clicking:

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Make sure you have not activated Hover Click

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thanks for the idea, unfortunately hover click is not enabled. –  meneer Sep 29 '12 at 9:33
    
so this is not the issue. I think it has something to do with touchscreen drivers –  meneer Sep 29 '12 at 9:34
    
@meneer: driver or even hardware issue seems likely. I made the answer for people that may come here from the title ;) –  Takkat Sep 29 '12 at 10:32
    
Hi Takkat. I just did a fresh reinstall, and I am 90% certain that it is related to the touchscreen drivers. Here is what happens when I reinstall. At first boot, so exactly after install, everything works fine, except the touchscreen: The touchscreen does not respond. I update ubuntu, because I installed from an old CD (CD with ub. 12.04). Then on next reboot I have touchscreen working , but the working touchscreen comes together with the mouse selecting everything on its own. –  meneer Oct 9 '12 at 5:36

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