bluetooth devices can be a pain as well......
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Al Mulnick 
  Sent: Friday, December 01, 2006 5:01 PM
  Subject: Re: [ActiveDir] OT: Possessed PCs

  Easy enough: stop using wireless devices.  If that's not an option, bring in 
some equipment to measure the rfi and see what you can do to reduce it.  

  I've seen mobile phones and microwaves interfere with such devices as well.  
Not always resulting in the same symptoms you saw, but...

  On 12/1/06, Brian Cline <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: 
    Just to update... I was finally able to catch this in action. It stopped as 
soon as I unplugged the wireless keyboard/mouse device from the PC. It appears 
that one particular person's wireless mouse is crossing signal with select 
others, but none of the nearby mice are the culprit. It still occurs after the 
affected devices are reset with the "connect" button on the kb/mouse receiver. 
This could get interesting... 

    From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto: [EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Brian Cline
    Sent: Friday 01 December 2006 11:07 
    To: Active Directory Mailing List
    Subject: [ActiveDir] OT: Possessed PCs

    Yesterday we had several people complain that their cursor was moving 
around on its own, but not erratically or quickly as one would suspect might be 
the case of a mouse issue. I used SMS remote tools to watch one person's 
screen, and she noted that the way the cursor moved while I was in there 
checking things was exactly the same way it was moving before -- it was just as 
though someone was actually in there. 

    Now I can't begin to describe how odd this is -- but I can't seem to find 
any common denominator for the folks who experienced this problem (so far, 
three or four). Some have wireless mice with a short range and good batteries 
with no problems otherwise, whereas the others have standard, working USB mice. 
I have seen this before where the language bar was detecting office and 
keyboard noise through the microphone as dictated commands to do thing, but the 
problem persisted on the first PC after I disabled it, and I don't think that 
particular model has a built-in mic. I checked the event logs and the only 
person who used the SMS remote control was me, so I can't imagine that anyone 
else would have been remoting it either. So far today I have not heard any more 
complaints, but nevertheless I'm still curious yet baffled. 

    All PCs have updated virus and spyware definitions. Does anyone have ideas 
on where to start looking if this problem surfaces again? If it continues we'll 
have the corporate chaplain bring in his exorcist buddy. 

    Brian Cline, Applications Developer 
    Department of Information Technology 
    G&P Trucking Company, Inc. 
    803.936.8595 Direct Line 
    800.922.1147 Toll-Free (x8595) 
    803.739.1176 Fax 

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