Settle in for a wild ride about my laptop… possessed by a ghost mouse laptop.
I purchased a HP Pavilion x360 Convertible two years ago. I purchased this laptop specifically for the touch screen to make notetaking easier whilst at university. However, there is an issue with the touch screen that makes the mouse jump erratically around the screen - making using the computer impossible.
The first time this happened was six hours before an assignment was due in the peak of assessment hell. I requested assistance through the phone and online support and was told to seek assistance instore. So off I went to the store I bought it and they said the only way to stop it is to disable the touch screen which is almost impossible as random applications keep opening and closing. After trying to find a way around the screen (using another monitor or a different mouse) we gave up and settled down to battle the ghost mouse. This lasted for a good three hours until I managed to turn it off. Once it was off, the computer worked fine just without the touch screen - again, the main reason I had purchased this computer. Unfortunately, thanks to HP’s ghost mouse, I didn’t submit my assignment on time and had to plead my case to the university who didn’t appreciate a 20-year-old crying in their office at 8:30am on a Monday morning. Also, pro-tip, don’t let your computer lock because putting a password in with the mouse jumping everywhere is almost impossible and you will likely scream in the middle of a busy electronics store.
Fast forward a year and new Windows updates were available. I went ahead and installed the updates only to find that this had turned on the touch screen again so I had to go through the whole battle again! It was so infuriating that I decided never to update my computer again. Jump forward to two days ago and the Windows 10 update occurred. I kept putting it off because of the struggles of last time. Then Windows forced it to restart and low and behold, the touch screen started having a mind of its own again! I decided to uninstall the touch screen driver this time assuming that if it wasn’t installed, it wouldn’t be able to turn back on if Windows ever force-updated again. Unfortunately, this backfired completely and the touchscreen driver was reinstalled when I shut down (not restarted) my computer. So for the second time in less than 48 hours, I had to battle the screen again! The whole laptop very nearly flew out my window.
I’ve tried contacting HP again for support but because the warranty has now expired I was unable to access online or phone assistance. I am also now living in the UK so no longer have the option of accessing support in-store.
So please, do yourself a favour and don’t buy a HP laptop with a touch screen! It’s really not worth it! And if you have one, godspeed my friend.