Optical mouse is erratic/all over the place

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iluvtolaff

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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.
 
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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..........
 

iluvtolaff

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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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