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Sticky optical mouse problems

by mplsbill / October 29, 2004 3:45 AM PDT

My mouse drives me crazy! It works properly about half the time, the other half it sticks, jerks, won't move at all, and to get it to work, I have to gently bang it on the mousepad. Any suggestions?

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Re: Sticky optical mouse problems
by billzhills / October 29, 2004 5:54 AM PDT

Not sure ... but try it with out the mouse pad or a dark mouse pad. If light is not refelected correctly proper tracking would not be attained.

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Re: Sticky optical mouse problems
by Tinkerman / October 29, 2004 9:34 AM PDT

I have always used my Optical Mouse without a pad and found this gives the best perfomance,incidently the user instructins advise this.

Tinkerman.

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Re: Sticky optical mouse problems
by mplsbill / October 29, 2004 9:58 AM PDT

Thanks for the advice, but I started using a mousepad again recently when the problem started to happen, now it seems to be getting worse!

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Re: Sticky optical mouse problems
by Cb21 / October 29, 2004 10:27 AM PDT

Also try carefully cleaning the optical hole under the mouse, and/or gently vacuum the hole. Althouth this might sound like a dumb suggestion, I've found small pieces of hair, etc that have gotten inside mine corrected simular problems.

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Re: Sticky optical mouse problems
by roddy32 / October 29, 2004 10:34 AM PDT

I've also found that canned air works great for that too as long as you don't use it close enough to knock the mouse out of your hands LOL.

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Re: Sticky optical mouse problems
by dcrewchief / October 29, 2004 12:26 PM PDT

you mentioned it is an optical mouse. by chance is it wireless optical mouse? if wireless try changing the batteries. Happy

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Re: Sticky optical mouse problems
by jdorisco / October 29, 2004 12:33 PM PDT

The curser on my Microsoft wireless optical mouse would sometimes jump from the middle of the screen, to the lower lefthand corner. I installed an updated driver and the problem was cured. Now if I could just make these batteries last longer.

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Re: Sticky optical mouse problems
by dcrewchief / October 29, 2004 12:38 PM PDT

battery life in a wireless optical is not the greatest. i use my pc quite frequently usualy playing games so i only get about 60 to 90 days out of them so i have switched to rechargable ones and always have fresh ones ready.:)

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Re: Sticky optical mouse problems
by roddy32 / October 29, 2004 12:43 PM PDT

I've got a Logitech Cordless Optical and they recommended using it on a white piece of paper taped to your desk claiming that the laser doesn't have to search as hard. I still go through batteries but it seemed to double the life of them by doing that. I still buy them by the 8 pack though. LOL

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Problem solved, thank you very much.
by geewhite / December 4, 2009 7:39 PM PST

Here i was thinking of why my mouse was sticking for about 5 to 10 secs at a time, so on reading your post, lifted up my wee mouse and low and behold, 2 hairs inside it. Thank you very much for your post, it has saved me swearing at my mouse and my screen. Cheers. Graeme.

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Clean your optical mouse (maintenance)
by JonCDav / September 15, 2009 9:30 AM PDT

Remember the old days where you needed to scrub down the mouse pad with dish soap to help cut down on the lint build up on the mouse roller ball? Well, times haven't changed that much. Periodically, you need to use canned air to blow out the optical reader port on the mouse. Then use a Q-Tip soaked with Isopropyl alcohol and clean the port. Then dry the port with the dry end of the Q-Tip.
Repeat steps as necessary. You should notice a marked improvement!
-Jon

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Sticky optical mouse problems
by Zorpho / August 8, 2010 1:47 AM PDT

Check your batteries as well as the laser lens making sure it's clean both on the transmitter and the receiver.
Don't use a pad and try to use a light coloured surface.

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mouse gone haywire
by shelleybink64 / January 13, 2011 3:18 PM PST

I am having a problem with my optical mouse too, I dont understand when I"m playing games the light goes out and I have to unplug it and plug it back in, in order for it to work. Any suggestions? windows xp

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mouse gone hayware
by shelleybink64 / January 13, 2011 3:23 PM PST

IM using windows xp, and I dont understand why my mouse light keeps going off. I play in facebook and there is a lot of clicking. I keep having to unplug my mouse and plug it back in order for it to work. Any suggestions?

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bang it on floor
by nonstoptaxi / October 20, 2011 4:25 AM PDT
In reply to: mouse gone hayware

i just bang my mouse on the floor and it works for me, weird one but most of the time it works for me, not only mouse, mobile phones and other electronic stuff, i swear. Happy

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