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03-Jul-2006, 05:19 PM #1
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Dell Dimension 8200, 512 MB RAM, Windows XP SP2 + all other updates and patches, Dell 1702 FP, Brother MFC-420-cn, Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird, CCleaner, Spybot, AVG Pro.

1. This system is almost four years old, and, until a couple months ago, we were still using the OEM mouse (a basic MS 2-button and scroll wheel). Then, it just dogged out. Seemed like it wasn't making proper contact, and cleaning did no good. Also, the cursor would occasionally scoot off-screen, all on its own.

We replaced it with another basic 2-button and scroll (a Belkin), and I was unsatisfied from the beginning. Oddly enough, after only two days, the Belkin exhibited the same rather sluggish movement, improper contact -- and the cursor still scooted off at times.

Roughly two weeks ago, we got a Microsoft Optical (2 button w/scroll), and under Device Manager it shows up as HID-compliant mouse, with the driver version 5.1.2600. This mouse works very well -- except that the cursor still sometimes scoots off on its own.

I've started to suspect that the scooting cursor has nothing to do with the mouse, but I'm at a loss as to what the problem is.

Last week, I did a clean install, and everything went smoothly. The cursor, however, still scoots when it wants to. So far, this is a minor problem, but I would like to correct it, if possible, before it gets worse.

Thanks to everyone.
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03-Jul-2006, 06:22 PM #2
I recently had this problem and the following fixed it.

Open the Mouse folder>pointer options and uncheck "Enhance pointer precision".

Let me know if it helps.
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03-Jul-2006, 06:28 PM #3
Try blowing out the USB/mouse port and make sure it is connected correctly. Also, try using it without the mouse pad and make sure that mouse pad is clean.
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03-Jul-2006, 06:35 PM #4
Thanks so much, bicycle bill !! I did just as you suggested, and so far the cursor hasn't been anymore scooting around. My boyfriend checked it out with a game he likes to play, when he had found it most irritating, and says the game went without a hitch. I'll post in again within a couple of days, to let you know if all is still well. Thank-you again!
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03-Jul-2006, 06:40 PM #5
Thanks to you, also, ericksrocks. I'll have to wait for some assistance before I check out the USB mouseport. Getting to the back of our set-up, and trying to see what's going on there, requires someone to hold my bifocals at just the right angle, and somebody else to hold the trouble light!
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03-Jul-2006, 07:04 PM #6
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Thanks so much, bicycle bill !! I did just as you suggested, and so far the cursor hasn't been anymore scooting around. My boyfriend checked it out with a game he likes to play, when he had found it most irritating, and says the game went without a hitch. I'll post in again within a couple of days, to let you know if all is still well. Thank-you again!
Well good. Hope you have this problem fixed. BTW i am 76 years old and ride my bike here in sunny Florida every day weather permitting.
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04-Jul-2006, 09:35 AM #7
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