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
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?
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
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
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.
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