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Did bad cable patching cause a problem?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kenneth7379, Jan 9, 2019.

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  1. kenneth7379

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    This is going to sound like small potatoes compared to a lot of stuff in this forum, but I have a question regarding mouse and keyboard units.

    I recently went through a computer change that required me to swap the cabling several times. Due to where it's located, I had to do much of this by braille, and may have caused a problem. I suspect I may have inverted the green and purple mouse and keyboard connections. Both of the keyboards I was using previously are now dead....no lights, no action.

    The mouse, which still works has developed an over-sensitivity in the click functions. I tried using Control Panel settings to slow down the response time on the mouse, and it seemed to help initially, but is back to double-clicking almost every time I touch it.

    Is the theory of bad cable patching as a cause a valid thing, or did three devices all coincidentally all go bad or dead at the same time? I'm about to order a replacement keyboard (I'm using a borrowed keyboard at the moment) and wondered if the mouse is also damaged and needs replacement too. If it makes any difference, the current mouse is a Logitech LX3 optical unit. Thanks for your advice.
     
  2. Gr3iz

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    I take it these are PS/2 devices you're referring to? It should not hurt them to be plugged into each other's jacks. Since you were doing this "blind", perhaps you should check the ends of the cables and be sure you haven't bent any of the small contacts (pins). It is fairly easy to do! (Don't ask me how I know this ...) ;-)
    If you've got enough USB ports, you may want to consider using that type of keyboard/mouse.
     
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