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Mouse partially working, ( system issue, not the mouse itself )

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August 16, 2012 12:33:06 AM

Hey everyone, I hope someone knows what's going on. I started having this issue with my mouse where it's partially working. I noticed this problem yesterday after playing battlefield 3.

An example, I opened up firefox, went to usual websites that I go to all the time, tried to close the window and noticed none of the buttons at the top right corner were not working, even when I moused over them they wouldn't highlight or even acknowledge the mouse. Eventually I figured out how to bypass it, I would have to open another program, minimize the new program, and then I would be able to close firefox. However if I clicked even once inside of the firefox window, lets say to type something, the three buttons up top would stop working again.



- This isn't exclusive to firefox, when I ctrl,alt, delete, even the buttons "start task manager" " log off" wouldn't recognize my mouse unless I clicked one of them one time, then the button would highlight and then I would be able to click on it.

- Just now I went to replay a video on you tube and none of the buttons work on the flash player.

- In the 3d modeling program I use " Autodesk's Maya" , none of the buttons work at all, I can't even move the camera in the view-port.

- I tried restoring the system to a previous date, one before I started to receive the issues and I still have all the same problems :( 


I've scanned my system with Malware bytes anti malware and
Avira Antivirus and come up with nothing.


I built my computer, i'm not sure if that makes any difference. I would just love to get rid of this annoying issue




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August 16, 2012 1:22:13 AM

do a test on your hdd with the maker tool
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August 16, 2012 3:25:42 AM

I'm not familiar with the maker tool, I tried googling it however it's a very generic name so alot of junk came up
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August 16, 2012 3:30:36 AM

are there other usb ports you can try?
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August 16, 2012 3:30:49 AM

tried other usb ports, and with other mice as well, same issue
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August 16, 2012 3:34:41 AM

Does the issue persist in safe mode as well?
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a b $ Windows 7
August 16, 2012 3:36:39 AM

ok try pressing ctrl + shift + Num lock (this enables mouse keys).
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a b $ Windows 7
August 16, 2012 3:37:32 AM

sorry alt + left shift + numlock
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August 16, 2012 3:38:32 AM

Boju: Tried it, same issue :/ 

I'm gonna try it in safe mode right now
Gime like 5 mins.
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a b $ Windows 7
August 16, 2012 3:39:15 AM

oh damn, ok.
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a b $ Windows 7
August 16, 2012 3:43:36 AM

the mouse buttons havent been reversed have they? nothing happens clicking right button?

nevermind, re-read your post and icons arent highlighting :\
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August 16, 2012 4:07:23 AM

Hmm...I'm not having consistent results, I tried it in safe mode, at first when I opened firefox it wasn't working, but then all of a sudden the problem went away, so I tried some of the other programs I tried earlier however those are still having issues. :/  I have to go down to my taskbar, click an open program, switch back to the one with the issue, and then I can close the program as long as I don't click anything within the program window.
Sorry if that's a bit confusing :/ 

The thing is I've been using the computer for a couple of months now, didn't install any new mice or anything until I started having the issue, since I thought it may have just been a bad mouse.
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August 16, 2012 4:11:30 AM

ya know what.... recently I've been having quite a few error's pop up saying adobe flash blah blah blah has stopped working, though I never noticed any issues when I was watching youtube or any other program that uses flash so I ignored them as ...error error messages..basically a double negative error message lol. however that's probably not the case

not sure if this has to do with the issue I'm having though
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a b $ Windows 7
August 16, 2012 1:15:46 PM

have you installed your motherboard drivers?
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August 16, 2012 1:42:09 PM

Reinstalled the motherboard drivers with the most up to date ones, still nothing :( 
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a b $ Windows 7
August 16, 2012 2:10:41 PM

hmm might want try registry cleaner http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER or look into fresh installing windows.

What happens if you disconnect the keyboard?

If anything else pops into my head i'll let you know.

Good luck.
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August 16, 2012 2:22:13 PM

Tried the registry cleaner, deleted all the uneeded keys, same issue

It's looking like I might have to reinstall windows then :/ 

I do appreciate all your guy's help in trying to solve my issue :) 

Especially you Boju
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a b $ Windows 7
August 16, 2012 2:33:52 PM

Noworries, cheers.

If you get a chance report back once you've done what you need to do.
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August 17, 2012 2:18:59 PM

ok so I completely reinstalled windows onto my computer. What i found interesting was that when tring to install it I was having some of the same mouse issues, not being abe to check boxes or anything when one of the install windows would pop up. lukily i remembered there are keboard shortcuts to get around that.

After I installed it, things seemed to be working though I still have to download all m programs. I downloaded firefox and that was working, downloaded maya but it still doesnt work at all, have to go open taskmanager to close maya, taskbar wouldnt work until I ctrl,atl,del and opened the taskmanager , then the taskbar started to work again.

Is this a hardware issue?
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August 17, 2012 2:29:48 PM

Just tried starting it in safe mode, taskbar wasn't responding, pressed ctrl atl del, the buttons showed that they were working when I clicked on them but did nothing, had to use tab to scroll through them and hit enter to shutdown my comp.
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August 17, 2012 2:56:13 PM

hm....well.....so I probably should have done this first, I downloaded the driver for my logiteck mouse.....and now everything seems to be working....siigh, I'm relieved I fixed the problem, but feel stupid at the same time for not trying that sooner since I know get to reinstall all my programs :p  Lesson Learned!!

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a b $ Windows 7
August 18, 2012 1:14:03 AM

we all learn by error or mistake ,have fun
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a b $ Windows 7
August 18, 2012 2:30:14 AM

Its not like any mouse used would need drivers for basic operation, how strange.

oh well, good for you :) 
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