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Optical mouse is erratic/all over the place

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by iluvtolaff, Sep 22, 2008.

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  1. iluvtolaff

    iluvtolaff Thread Starter

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    I bought a Microsoft Notebook Optical mouse and it behaves erratically and is all over the place. It had no software with it. I downloaded the Intellimouse driver(?) from Microsoft and there is no improvement.
    I have to have a precise pointer as I use an art program that requires exact pointing (whatever you call it :eek: ) so this is very important to me.
    I have Windows XP.
    Thank you for any help forthcoming.
     
  2. acameron

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    It's probably just the surface you use your mouse on.

    With my old desk and my logitiech optical mouse I just kept the mouse right on the desk..... no issues.

    When I bought my new computer desk, I started having the same problems you are describing. The only thing that had changed was the desk. I went and dug out an old mousepad to use and that solved the issue.

    I think it has to do with the reflectivity of the finish on the desk.

    If you dont have an old mousepad laying around try using the mouse with a piece of blank printer paper under it and see if that makes a difference.

    good luck..........
     
  3. iluvtolaff

    iluvtolaff Thread Starter

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    Thank you! I'll give that a try.
     
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    That's working great so far! I used a mousepad (the paper idea didn't work).
    Thank you, again! :)
     
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