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Woops, I meant to click the spell-check and not the send. That all explains well for the unexplained highlighting, but what about the random ;6 (semi-colon and the number six) at times, or the random : (colon) at times, replacing cell contents by just pressing a directional arrow key. That, I can't figure out. No, I won't sack my tech (he's my son - we work together). It ONLY happens with LO Calc, not Impress, or Writer, or Base, or any other program. In fact, I extensively use Gnucash. I am the Treasurer, Financial Accountant and do the payroll for church and also use Gnucash for personal finance records - No problems.

However, you did give me ideas and reminders. I've always been very passionate about backups and keeping your hard drive clean from malware, viruses, rootkits, etc. of which we also nag our clients about.. I forgot about keeping the keyboard clean. Thank you.


On 8/5/2014 1:58 AM, Brian Barker wrote:
At 22:25 04/08/2014 -0500, Gregory Forster wrote:
I have an inconsistent and not often issue with Calc. [...] Calc does weird things now and then. [...] Sometimes, I complete a calculation in a cell, and press the Enter or Down Arrow key. My calculation will disappear and a ;6 will appear in the cell. Or I may randomly highlight a cell to check a formula, then when I press a directional arrow, my calculation will disappear and a : will reside in that cell. Sometimes, I'll just move an arrow key, or the mouse to move from one cell to another and wherever I move will highlight as if I was holding down the Shift key. [...] This all started in early July. [...] I changed different versions of LibreOffice (vs 4). I have LO 4.3.0, 4.2.5, 4.2.2, 4.1.4, 4.1.3, 4.1.2, and 4.0.3 (which I am currently using). I still had the same issues with whichever version used.

I discussed the issues and history with another tech and he reasoned (the same as I) that LO was having memory conflict issues with one or more simultaneous running programs.

What, you mean that LibreOffice - in many different versions - is improperly sharing memory with other programs for you but not for anyone else? And why would that behaviour change in early July? Perhaps you should sack your "tech".

My questions are: Has anyone else experienced the same?

I doubt it - at least, not as a problem with the software.

Does my reasoning sound feasible?


Any ideas?

If you spend a lot of time on one project or using one application, it is very easy to blame a more general problem with your computer on the particular application.
o Try draining the spilt coffee from your keyboard.
o Try shaking the biscuit crumbs from your keyboard.
o Try poking out the cat hairs from your keyboard.
o Try running your computer manufacturer's diagnostics (especially those for the keyboard). o Try attaching an external keyboard and using for a sufficient period to test. o Does your notebook have a trackpad? Is your thumb or palm grazing the trackpad as you move your fingers about? You won't believe this is possible, so get someone else to watch as you use the system for a period. Try temporarily disabling the trackpad or reducing its sensitivity to test.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker


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