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app stealing focus? prevents mouse clicking?

i've been having this problem on an older computer, it seems like some app in the background is stealing focus and preventing me from clicking on any open windows, the desktop, the task bar, or the start button...

keyboard navigation works as it should...

if i open task manager then close it everything is fine for a while again... not sure why opening and closing task manager fixes it, but it does, i opened task manager with the intention of finding the problem app, but no luck...

winxp pro sp1
gigabyte ga-5aa
amd k6-2 500mhz
standard two button microsoft serial mouse



I'm sorry Hal...
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try this. Get tweakui from microsoft power toys. Then under General on the left is Focus, go in there and tick the box that says prevent applications from stealing focus
i have been having the same trouble on and off for some time, both at work and home, using windows 2k and xp, i have a usb optical mouse, its really annoying! like baser5nature said- keyboard shortcuts/navigation works fine..
it's really dam annoying
i even turned off ps2 mouse support in the bios thinking maybe theh computer was confused, no luck... computers don't become confused, they become aware...

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