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01-Jun-2007, 05:43 AM #1
Can an optical mouse wear out?
I have a Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 1.0A USB optical mouse which is six years old. When I was using Win ME it started to freeze occasionally needing a restart. Now I am using XP and it freezes more often than before (it just did it while typing the above). Sometimes I just disconnect from the USB port and reconnect and sometimes I substitute a small USB optical Mikomi mouse (on the same USB port) which I normally use with my notebook. This mouse always works but is not so comfortable to use with the desktop because of its small size.
The MS mouse will sometimes work for long periods and sometimes for only a few minutes but its frequent freezing is irritating. I don't see what can go wrong with it - I have checked the leads and cleaned the base and am using it on the same desk surface I have always done, so maybe it is on its way out.

Has anyone had this problem and solved it? I suppose a new one may be the only answer.

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01-Jun-2007, 05:50 AM #2
All components have a finite life. I just had to replace an optical mouse that was about 5 years old.
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01-Jun-2007, 06:19 AM #3
Did you install any drivers for the mouse that came on a CD or such? If not, have you been using the Windows generic drivers ever since it was installed?

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01-Jun-2007, 06:35 AM #4
Just a thought,
Have a really good look at the lens for a piece of dust or whatever, it maybe something like that.
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01-Jun-2007, 08:10 AM #5
After six years, the cable could be breaking at some point, usually right near one of the ends. I just tossed an old mouse with that issue. The thing also doesn't owe you anything, buy a new one.
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01-Jun-2007, 10:49 AM #6
I haven't used the mfgr mouse software for almost 10 year...I do use a free version of Flywheel so you have the functions and then some.
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