On Sun, Dec 8, 2013 at 5:20 PM, kzibart <for...@gimpusers.com> wrote:
>>Michael may be on to something. It didn't work while you were
>>recording a screencast, but it did as soon as you stopped the
>>screencast. Maybe your screencast program intercepts some mouse
>>Of course I imagine you don't use the screencast software every day.
>>So the question is: why doesn't it work these times? Well maybe it
>>also installed a service always run in background? In any case, could
>>you try this again:
>>1/ run the screencast program, check that dnd does not work.
>>2/ quit the screencast program, check that dnd works.
>>If you can reproduce this every time, then there is probably a very
>>good lead to follow there.
> Thanks for the replies.  I read through both of those bug reports, and the
> symptoms as described could be the same that I'm seeing periodically.  I did 
> try
> your recommendation, and the bug does occur when I am running the screen 
> capture
> application (Camstudio Recorder in my case; the earlier ScreenRecorder didn't
> work for me).  And when I stop recording, the issues go away and things work
> again.  I started and stopped recording twice, and it was consistent both 
> times.

Well that's a good finding.

> However, as you supposed, this issue has been bugging me for over a year, and 
> I
> don't regularly make a point of recording my screen.  I think I installed a
> trial of FRAPS once in the past for other reasons, but otherwise this weekend
> was my first time attempting to record a GIMP session.  Maybe I have spyware
> capturing my screen all the time that I'm not aware of!

I have been thinking about this too indeed! It might be a bugged
spyware which gave itself away by blocking some mouse events. And
somehow when you activate and stop your screencast software, it would
interfere with this spyware software (since screencast also need to
grab mouse events, for good reasons this time though). That's actually
another possibility indeed.
But that may also be just another legitimate program which does
something with the mouse. Who knows? I have no idea how to list what
programs listen for mouse events.

> I went through my installed programs to see if I had anything else that may be
> interfering with the mouse or doing anything similar to screen capture.  
> Nothing

Well *if* that is a spyware, it would likely not show up as an
installed program. What you can also do is to check the list of
processes running (but then, who knows what are even half of the
processes anyway, especially on Windows!).

In any case, I wish you good luck in searching the reason of this problem.
If you ever find it, don't hesitate to post here about what was the problem.


> stood out.  I have a Logitech Unifying wireless trackball and keyboard, and I
> also keep another wireless keyboard and mouse combo device plugged in.  I
> regularly unplug the Unifying USB dongle to use it in another computer.  Maybe
> switching that around has something to do with it?  I'll keep that in mind the
> next time things stop working.
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