Opened 6 years ago

Closed 2 years ago

#293 closed defect (wontfix)

Inconsistent left mouse button behavior in all Qt apps with SNAP and animated pointers

Reported by: Lewisr Owned by: Lewisr
Priority: minor Milestone: Qt Enhanced
Component: QtGui Version: 4.7.3
Severity: low Keywords: mouse lmb select behavior


This one has been a thorn in my side for some time. I thought I opened a bug about it a while back. I'll look at this myself, as it's probably just a conflict, but this will document the issue in case anyone else sees it.

eCS 2.1
IBM Single Mouse driver 10.163 (TouchPad? disabled in BIOS)
SNAP Build 505 (formerly saw this same behavior under SNAP Pro)
ThinkPad? T43 / ATI X300 SXGA video (also on ThinkPad? T43p / ATI X600 SXGA+ video)
Warp Overlay (possible issue?)
XWorkplace 1.0.9 (hook enabled)
Christian Langanke's Animated Mouse Pointer 1.01

Mouse object settings:

TrackPoint? Enabled [x] (I see this same issue with a PS/2 mouse connected to the dock)
Auto Disable TrackPoint? [ ]
Scrolling and Magnifying Glass: Neither
Choose Function Method: Press Center Button, then use pointing device
Scrolling Speed: Normal
Scrolling Type: Use PM Scroll
Enable Press-to-Select: [ ]
Sensitivity: Light Touch (maximum)
Setup: Right-handed

Displaying Window List: Buttons 1 and 2
Dragging objects: Button 2
Displaying pop-up menus: Button 2 / Single-click
Editing title text: Button 1 / Single-click / Alt

Additional mappings:

Allow show window list everywhere


Double-click rate: 75-80%
Tracking speed: 100%

Comet Cursor On

Color: DarkGray?
Border Color: Gray
Trail Length: Long
Circle Size: Large
Activation Speed: Slow


Sliding focus not enabled
Sliding menu selection enabled (this we see under Qt)

Submenu delay: 500ms
Conditioinal cascade sensitivity [x]

Auto-hide mouse pointer not enabled
Auto-move mouse pointer to dialog button enabled

Delay: 100ms
Animation [x]

All mouse options off for Styler/2

SNAP settings from CONFIG.SYS:

REM *** SciTech SNAP Professional ***
REM *** SciTech SNAP Professional ***


Mouse hover works as expected. Middle and right buttons work as expected. Most of the time, however, selecting and activating anything with the left mouse button fails (the button press is registered on screen, but not passed to the underlying program). It is possible to hover the mouse to highlight a selection and then press <Enter> to activate it, or in the case of checkboxes or radio buttons, <Enter> or <Spacebar> will select.

It is possible to select a variety of checkboxes in a particular dialog (QPassGen is an example), and have none of them actually register in the application, though going back, deselecting, and then pressing <Spacebar> to select works.

Switch mouse pointer set to a non-animated set (default black, for example), and the left mouse button behaves as desired.

I do not see this exact symptom with Java applications, though the mouse can behave badly there, too (and when the memory corruption is experienced per, I do see that the animated pointer reverts to the default black pointer. In all cases when that occurs, I know that INI files will not properly save and the system needs to be rebooted.

More on this as I narrow it down. It may be an issue with the Animated Pointer package, though Christian stated to me via email 2011-08-02:

I am sorry to say that WPAMPTR has absolutely nothing to do with
displaying the pointers! It only tells the system which one would to be
used, and does that every some milliseconds. Therefore the only one to
blame is the graphic driver, as this implements the interface that the
system uses for displaying the pointer.

The last thing which might possibly impact timing and memory here is that I have Comet Cursor enabled.

Change History (1)

comment:1 Changed 2 years ago by Silvan Scherrer

Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

I have my heavy doubts this is a Qt issue and I don't know if those animated pointers are still in use. For sure we will not work on that issue on Qt4. When Qt 5 is available please retest it, if you think this is a real issue.

I close the ticket for now with permanent restriction: don't use animated mouse pointers in Qt 4.

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