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For those of you who use a optical mouse

  1. Jun 24, 2006 #1
    hey guys,

    For those of you who use optical mouses, have you noticed any kind of wierd behaviour like the cursor crawling up the screen diagonally? This happens especially when you dont do anything and just leave the mouse by itself....I was wondering does anyone know why this happens and why??

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  3. Jun 24, 2006 #2
    My optical mouse does some weird things. Sometimes it will jump to some part of the screen. Other times it will slowly crawl left without me moving it. It does one of these things usually once a day, not sure why it happens though.
  4. Jun 24, 2006 #3


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    It is probably a difficulty in reading the surface. Try a different surface.
  5. Jun 24, 2006 #4
    Yes, I've noticed that. I always thought it was the wire was pulling the mouse by infinitesimal displacements when kept in certain positions. :P
  6. Jun 24, 2006 #5


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    I have noticed it, like when Russ mentioned, on surfaces that the mouse has trouble reading. It also happens as part of a really good practical joke. Put a piece of scotch tape over the bottom eye of the mouse. It takes people a long time to figure that one out. See if that replicates your problem.
  7. Jun 24, 2006 #6
    It still happens when i try it with a different surface......maybe i should try and stick some scotch tape on the bottom eye of the mouse like Fred said....

    Thanks anyway
  8. Jun 29, 2006 #7
    I use a Logitech MX1000 Laser mouse and it works perfectly on all surfaces. However, it's NOT good for gaming. It was really expensive when I got it and it wasn't really worth it though it gives me no troubles.
  9. Jun 29, 2006 #8
    I found that happens sometimes because a hair or some fluff gets lodged in the sensor, i also notice that some optical mice have a power saving method, whereby theyr sensitivity is reduced after a period of idle. So keeping them from kicking into idle mode keeps the sensitivity at maximum and the mouse tracking more accurate ( mostly usefull for games ). This is more a feature with the wireless optical mice i think, because they run on batteries, i preffer the corded mice myself.
  10. Jun 30, 2006 #9
    Well, theres a few possibilities, one of this is infection

    the other one, i remembered i saw it in one of Microsoft knowledge base before. Try to to mouse property in ur control panel, under pointer options, deselect/select pointer precession control.

    Hope it helps :)
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