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Yesterday I was on my laptop and my dog jumped on me and stepped on the keyboard. Now the mouse will not move. I tried pressing some buttons (blindly) and I tried turning it off then back on, but nothing works. I figure that if he just hit some buttons, I could do the same thing, but I don't know what to do.

Yesterday I was on my laptop and my dog jumped on me and stepped on the keyboard. Now the mouse will not move. I tried pressing some buttons (blindly) and I tried turning it off then back on, but nothing works. I figure that if he just hit some buttons, I could do the same thing, but I don't know what to do. Help would be much appreciated, because I go back to school soon and I NEED my laptop!
Thank you!

Best Answer:

Fiona: Well, this is going to be a long one as there are many factors that effect the amount of funds you will get. My wife is Air Force and we have done many DITY moves over the last 20 years. The following info is based on how the Air Force does it but I am pretty sure the Army is the same.

There are many factors involved with a DITY move. Each rank has a different allowance as far as weight. The higher the rank the more household goods you are allowed. Plus the further the move the more money you will get per pound. With the Air Force you deal with an office called TMO (Traffic Management Office). Don't know what the Army calls it. They are the people you will need to tell that you will be doing either a partial DITY or a full DITY. They will ask you how much weight you will be moving. Then they will figure out what it would cost to pay a moving company to do it, then multiply that amount by .95 (i.e. you will only get 95% of what they would pay an outside company to do it for you). Once they have that number they will figure out what 60% of that would be. That will be how much they will give you as an advance payment for the DITY move. At the time of departure you will get 60% of the 95% of what a moving company would charge the military. You can use this money for what ever you want. You can buy a truck or trailer or rent instead. That's all up to you.

As you make the move itself be sure to keep all receipts for things like truck or trailer rental, fuel, oil, tires, or any repairs you had to pay for while on the road. Plus somewhere along the line you will need to get two weight slips of whatever you use for the move, one slip to show the empty weight and one that shows the loaded weight. This is how you will prove how much household goods you moved (here's a tip – try to get the empty weight with a close to empty gas tank and a loaded weight with a full tank of fuel for a few extra pounds). The empty weight can be done before you load the truck or trailer or after you unload it at your new duty station. If you need a loaded weight slip you can stop at a truck stop like Flying J's or Pilot along the way. Both companies have web sites that list all their locations along the highway. Anyhow, when you get to the other end turn in every single receipt and the weight slips. They will first look at the weight slips to figure out the exact amount of household goods that was moved and figure out what the 95% rate would be based on that amount of weight. They will deduct the amount of expenses shown in the receipts from the 95% amount. What is left after expenses is considered income and is taxable. The Air Force withholds 28% for Uncle Sam (you will get the excess back come tax time when you file your taxes at the end of the year) and I think the Army does the same. They will then subtract both the amount of the 28% for taxes along with the amount that was paid to you in advance when you left the old duty station from the 95% amount. This is how much left you have coming to you from the Army.

Using your example of $2,000 for the move and $1,000 in expenses (from the receipts) it would work out like this. You would get $1,200 in advance (60% of $2,000). And since you had $1,000 in receipts this means $1,000 was profit (the initial $2,000 minus $1,000 in expenses). So you will have $280 withheld for taxes (28% of the $1,000 profit). Then subtract the $280 for taxes and the $1,200 advance from the initial $2,000. This leaves a total of $520 that the Army still owes you.

But as I said the above info is based on how the Air Force does it. While I'm 99.9% positive the Army is the same (the Air Force came from the Army and does a lot of stuff the same way) I don't know for sure.

Couple of additional notes. Be careful how much weight you tell them you plan on moving. Don't guess too high. If you tell them it will be 4,000 pounds of stuff but only end up with 2,000 pounds you could end up owing money back to the Army. But if you tell them you think you have 2,000 pounds of stuff the Army will not limit you to that number. If you get to the new duty station and have weight slips for 3,000 pounds the Army will recalculate the overall amount based on the data from the weight slips and pay you based on the 3,000 pounds, not the initial 2,000 pounds you guessed back at the old duty station. That means you will get more money at the other end.

Hope this helps. If I didn't explain things too well let me know. I can be reached through my profile it you have more questions. And enjoy Ft. Hood. My sister-in-law just PCS'd there a couple months ago.

Edit: DLA should be the Dislocation Allowance. Not sure if it's a fixed amount or based on location. And as far as how much can you make off the move depends on how much you are allowed in household goods and how much you actually move. And the longer the move the more money they pay. Shorter moves mean less money. If you have a truck and trailer then that's less you will have to pay to rent. But if you have to rent a vehicle then that will eat in to the profit margin.

Other answer:

Fiona:
Look along the row of the function keys for one with touchpad icon, hold down the fn key (bottom left of the keyboard) and tap the function key button this should start the touchpad working again
Tamehagane:
If you're talking about the touchpad, try plugging in another mouse
Fiona:
You laptop has a trackpad on/off. Look at the f feys there should be a picture of the pad on one, press the"fn" and that key toghether and your pad should come on.
Starrysky:
One is jammed? Try the angry niece cure. That is touching all the keys.

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