Droid touch screen freaking out

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  1. AnDr3wYoN
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    Running a rooted Moto Droid with CM 5.0.6.2 and nextheme

    My phone was acting weird all week and ten today the touch screen was either completely unresponsive or clicking randomly by itself.

    When the touch screen is unresponsive the "strip" of the screen that stretches from the menu key to the home key does not work at all.

    When the screen is freaking out the exact opposite happens, only the points within the "strip" are getting randomly pressed.

    I went into dev tools to see what was going on and when I use the pointer locator it showed that when the screen was unresponsive, clicking the strip would register as two different clicks outside the strip. (if you click the middle, two points would register to the side)

    and when the screen is freaking out the pointer locator says that there is input on the center of the strip, even when I am not touching it.

    Does anyone know what's going on? I'd rather not go through the hassle of getting a new one.
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    By chance did you get any moisture on it? I've noticed that even sweat can cause my screen to go wonky, also some fine dirt particulates have caused it too.

    Usually when this happens I just hit sleep, and hopefully I don't need to use it, one instance I actually pulled my battery and left it for a couple hours while the moisture dried and that fixed it.
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    Hitting sleep did help remedy the problem for a good 30 seconds but now hitting sleep or battery pulling does not do anything. I've even tried going back to stock firmware and that did not help either.

    I also did leave the battery out for 5 hours and just put it back in when i posted this, and still the problems are there.
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    Been using a aftermarket charger recently?
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    I am using the charger and usb cord that came in the box, would charging from my computer have anything to do with it?
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    This same thing happened with mine, tried to see if it work itself out but after a week it got irritating so i took it down to verizon and they replaced it.

    Of the three droids we have in our house two have had issues mine and my moms, hers acted like it was possessed and would go into menus randomly call people, get on the internet everything all while you are holding the phone not touching any buttons.

    If it doesn't get better in a couple of days i would take it to verizon it should be covered under manufactures warranty
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    Maybe a stupid question, but is this happening all the time, or only when it's plugged into your computer?

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
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    all the time
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    i had this happen before when it wasnt plugged into anything. mine started right after i updated an app, so i have a feeling it could be an app that isnt playing nice with your phone. now the fun part is trying to figure out which one it may be!
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    Yea I thought that might have been it but it was still freaking out after a clean wipe, even before logging into my google account.
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    I had a feeling it was that, mine started having issues shortly after the ota update, glad you found a fix :)
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    Mine just started doing stuff like this yesterday:

    * Notification bar opens up on its own
    * Screen jumps around randomly as I'm swiping
    * App drawer hung up halfway open and started shaking like mad
    * Home screen stops responding and sometimes doesn't even display icons
    * Device hangs for many seconds at a time intermittently, requiring a battery pull
    * Home button and Search button stop responding to presses intermittently (and sometimes the home button would work just fine, but the search button was completely unresponsive no matter which app I was in)
    * Trying to move an icon around would cause it to start jumping around wildly on its own, mostly over to the right side of my screen, before eventually returning on its own back to its original location
    * My browser zooms in as I'm swiping, as if I'm using multitouch, but I'm only touching the screen in one place.

    I've uninstalled any apps that I installed recently and I'm rebooting again...for the gazillionth time. I'll see if that makes any difference. I'm worried that the phone is just about to completely crap out on me.

    FYI, I'm running stock 2.1.
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    Same problem here. Phone is babied and I only use the Moto chargers. New phone on the way. Funny thing is, Verizon tells me this is not a reported/known problem. Hummm.
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    Weird, mine started to do the exact same thing last night. I doubt this is a random occurrence. I don't think I updated any apps yesterday.

    Actually I think I updated ChompSMS.

    After doing a battery pull it was still doing the same thing so I let the phone sit (time out) for a little while and now all is well?

    This is strange......
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    This happens to me in-flight, usually when the plane begins descending.
    By the time we land, its fine.
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    You're not using a case with a magnetic closure, are you?

    I learned that the hard way.
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    i use the Seidio innocase.
    i don't think its magnetic.
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    Does anyone know why this happens? It happened to me again, seems to happen once a week. Same symptoms that I descibed in my post above. It just went crazy, I did a battery pull and it fixed it this time.

    Can it possible be my Zagg invisi-shield, I doubt it since this just started to happen??

    I am going to try to "reset" the phone tonight and see if that fixes the problem, otherwise calling Verizon or BB :(
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    This just happened to me last week. Phantom fingers all across my screen. Opening up apps, calling people. At first taking out the battery worked, but eventually that stopped working so I did a factory reset. Didn't help, it was so bad that I couldn't even reactivate the phone. Went into the Verizon store and they had it replaced on warranty. Just got my new phone today.

    What freaked me out was that my new phone (I think it's refurbished, but I can't tell) did the same thing very briefly only a few hours after I had finally gotten all my things reloaded.

    I'm a little bit frustrated, I really don't want to go another week without my phone. I'm concerned that it isn't a software problem but possibly a hardware problem since the factory reboot didn't resolve the problem at all.
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