computer mouse problem - help please

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14 years 1 month ago #12568 by hilldweller
Silly mouse has gone all jerky - the cursor sometimes follows its movements and sometimes ignores it. Is this a fixable problem or just a sign that it's time for a new mouse? It's driving me crazy.

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14 years 1 month ago #194388 by kalnetta
Is it an optical mouse with a red light? If so clean out the area where the light is mine was like yours and it was full of dust.

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14 years 1 month ago #194391 by Kiwi303
does the light stay on and glowing? our old mouse started to turn off it's light, the usual problem is a broken wire, the broken ends rub and sometimes pass current, and sometimes don't.
if the light stays on, a simple clean usually does the job for an optical.

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14 years 1 month ago #194393 by Gracelands
If its a wireless mouse, it might need a new battery. Otherwise, what the others said...

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14 years 1 month ago #194401 by GrantK
Another possibility is that it's the old-fashioned mouse with a rubber coated ball and optical sensors driven by 2 small rollers placed at 90 degrees apart.

There should be a ring on the bottom of the mouse which can be turned to release the ball. Once the ball is removed, have a careful look at both rollers and you will probably find they are coated in sticky grunge/hair etc. Get a cotton bud and dip it into Iso-Propyl Alcohol or Meths and use the bud to clean both rollers. You may have to scrape off the final remnants with your finger nail.

Finally, give the ball a good clean as well if it shows any signs of dirt. In my experience, the ball usually stays clean, and only the rollers are dirty, but whatever, just make sure that both parts are clean.

Reassemble, and it should be good as new :)

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14 years 1 month ago #194405 by maggies mum
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Bang it on your desk! Works for me! ;)

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14 years 1 month ago #194408 by Kiwi303

maggies mum;167040 wrote: Bang it on your desk! Works for me! ;)

If you're REALLY pissed off with the cost of buying a new one, tie it to a tree branch by the cord so it dangles in the wind and use it for shooting practice :D

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14 years 1 month ago #194409 by maggies mum
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Haha! I would but I'm not a good shot, it doesn't help that I can't see out of my right eye! And I'm right handed! Might have to stick to my sledgehammer method! :D

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14 years 1 month ago #194410 by GBpeter

GrantK;167036 wrote: Get a cotton bud and dip it into Iso-Propyl Alcohol or Meths and use the bud to clean both rollers. You may have to scrape off the final remnants with your finger nail.

:)


Gin works well :)

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14 years 1 month ago #194411 by maggies mum
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Don't you be wasting gin! Good grief!

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14 years 1 month ago #194418 by hilldweller

GBpeter;167046 wrote: Gin works well :)

So does whisky, I'm pleased to report :) :p . Thanks all.

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14 years 1 month ago #194576 by Kiwi303

maggies mum;167045 wrote: Might have to stick to my sledgehammer method! :D

eh what? you mexican? :)

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14 years 1 month ago #194585 by rob
the small rollers will pop out ok if your are careful and its much easier to clean

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