The Dell Latitude E6500 laptop comes with a touchpad and a pointing stick to use as an alternative to a traditional mouse. While both keep you from having to carry a mouse around, they still break down over time like any other hardware. When the pointing stick starts malfunctioning, your mouse pointer will start moving in a random direction. This typically starts out mild, getting worse over time. You'll need to disable it before the mouse cursor becomes impossible to use.
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Open your "Start" menu and select "Control Panel." If you don't see it, look under "Settings."
Open the "Mouse" icon by double-clicking it.
Select the "Dell Touchpad" tab and click the icon.
Click "Device Select."
Click "Disable" under "Pointing Stick" and "Pointing Stick Buttons."
Click "Apply" and then "OK."
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