Clicking links invokes 'save as' dialog

#1
Why? occasionally when clicking links on websites (such as the links for threads here) i get 'save target as' instead. why?

System:

1.3GHz Pentium III
256MB RAM
Puppy Linux 4.3
Seamonkey 1.1
Two-button HP PS2 Mouse

Why does this happen at random? It's so freaking annoying! far as i'm concerned i'm doing nothing which involves a right click--> save target as since i'm simply left-clicking a link. it just gives me 'Save As' over and over again until i reload a few times (or right-click-->open link in new tab)
 
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cclc

DTVUSA Member
#3
Should only do that by right clicking, only thing i could think of causing that to happen is a bad mouse. Is the mouse very old?
 

Trip

Moderator, , , Webmaster of: Rabbit Ears
Staff member
#4
I remember having this problem a while ago but it went away on its own (probably due to a system update). It wasn't a consistent problem, but once every 10 clicks or so it would do that. Sometimes it'd do it about 10 times in a row and then not do it again for a while.

Sorry I have no advice.

- Trip
 
#5
It's an HP PS/2 mouse. i find that if i slam the living hell outta it it starts working again. i Still cannot understand why a single-left-click makes it do right click and save as instead. that defies logic since it would take two clicks even if i was using the right mouse button?
 

Orrymain

, Blogger: Orry's Orations
#6
Maybe you do have a defective mouse that isn't properly responding to your commands. As for number of clicks, it's possible to do a right click in one move if it slides the right way. I've had that happen.
 
#7
it's odd though that the phenomenon only happens on links. not icons or desktop shortcuts or even the address bar of the browser. i can scroll fine with the scroll bars on the browser and drag and drop? just left-clicking links gives me the 'save target as' until a few times later or when i get angry and slam the mouse...that seems to fix it but it's possible my slamming the mouse isn't what fixes it--just ironic that it works awhile after.
 
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