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Exhausted 6pack, need help

by Adnawg / June 30, 2008 9:55 AM PDT

Dell Dimension DIM 3000
Intel (R) Celeron (R) CPU 2.66 GHz, 2.00 GB Ram
Microsoft Windows XP Home, Version 2002,Service Pack 2
Dell Photo A10 Printer 962
Dell 2-button USB optical mouse,DIM

Cursor hangs, get 2 descending musical tones followed by 2 ascending tones, cursor frees...over and over again.

A-Squared found and removed Worm.Win32.Trafaret.a but this didn't solve the problem.

I would appreciate any suggestions on how to proceed.
Thank you.

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Could be one of those BIOS heat alarms?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 11:55 AM PDT

Try this fast test. Remove the case cover, point fan at open case.

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It was the mouse
by Adnawg / July 1, 2008 6:09 AM PDT

I did try your suggestion, but it wasn't my problem. I'd been wondering if it might be my mouse because nothing else was working. I installed a different mouse today and it seems to have done the trick.

I do thank you for taking the time to help me.

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Could be. Here's a common one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2008 11:40 AM PDT
In reply to: It was the mouse

Some of the mouse "drivers" do fail. It's an old issue but I didn't see a clue for me to note this.

Just sharing. I never install mouse drivers or the enhancement software they give. I also don't have mouse problems.

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Mouse Driver
by Adnawg / July 1, 2008 9:09 PM PDT

I've had to replace several mice over the years, but it was always obviously the problem. This time I was really stumped. I believe this Dell came with all drivers preinstalled. I'm currently getting by with a Compaq trackball mouse from an old system. When my new Razer arrives I will follow your suggestion and not install the driver.

Thank you for all the help you have given; it has been much appreciated.

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