Erratic Optical Mouse Behavior

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Lately I'm very frustrated because my cursor will not move where I want it
to. It "lags" and sometimes "drifts." I wiped the bottom with a damp cloth
and thought that helped, but before very long the behavior began again. I
pulled out the USB plug and reinserted it. To no avail.
Is it likely that I need to buy a new mouse? (It's only a little over a year
old.) Perhaps even return to the "old reliable" roller ball type?
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Try sliding the back of the top of the optical mouse off if you have Logitec
    (look for way to open other brands). You should have batteries and it sounds
    like they need replacement.

    "JD" wrote:

    > Lately I'm very frustrated because my cursor will not move where I want it
    > to. It "lags" and sometimes "drifts." I wiped the bottom with a damp cloth
    > and thought that helped, but before very long the behavior began again. I
    > pulled out the USB plug and reinserted it. To no avail.
    > Is it likely that I need to buy a new mouse? (It's only a little over a year
    > old.) Perhaps even return to the "old reliable" roller ball type?
    >
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Thanks for the suggestion. It never occured to me that the mouse might have
    batteries.
    "Red Hand" <Red Hand@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:D1223A8F-D2DC-478D-8923-A5FDA4F0E2E9@microsoft.com...
    > Try sliding the back of the top of the optical mouse off if you have
    > Logitec
    > (look for way to open other brands). You should have batteries and it
    > sounds
    > like they need replacement.
    >
    > "JD" wrote:
    >
    >> Lately I'm very frustrated because my cursor will not move where I want
    >> it
    >> to. It "lags" and sometimes "drifts." I wiped the bottom with a damp
    >> cloth
    >> and thought that helped, but before very long the behavior began again. I
    >> pulled out the USB plug and reinserted it. To no avail.
    >> Is it likely that I need to buy a new mouse? (It's only a little over a
    >> year
    >> old.) Perhaps even return to the "old reliable" roller ball type?
    >>
    >>
    >>
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    There do not seem to be any batteries here. This is not a "wireless" mouse
    so the power source is the PC. Thanks anyway for the suggestion.
    "Red Hand" <Red Hand@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:D1223A8F-D2DC-478D-8923-A5FDA4F0E2E9@microsoft.com...
    > Try sliding the back of the top of the optical mouse off if you have
    > Logitec (look for way to open other brands). You should have batteries and
    > it sounds
    > like they need replacement.
    >
    > "JD" wrote:
    >
    >> Lately I'm very frustrated because my cursor will not move where I want
    >> it
    >> to. It "lags" and sometimes "drifts." I wiped the bottom with a damp
    >> cloth
    >> and thought that helped, but before very long the behavior began again. I
    >> pulled out the USB plug and reinserted it. To no avail.
    >> Is it likely that I need to buy a new mouse? (It's only a little over a
    >> year
    >> old.) Perhaps even return to the "old reliable" roller ball type?
    >>
    >>
    >>
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    What type of mouse pad are you using? The optical mouse doesn't particularly
    care for the one that comes with Dell computers. Try testing with a plain
    white sheet of paper. If that helps, think about replacing the mouse pad.

    "JD" wrote:

    > There do not seem to be any batteries here. This is not a "wireless" mouse
    > so the power source is the PC. Thanks anyway for the suggestion.
    > "Red Hand" <Red Hand@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:D1223A8F-D2DC-478D-8923-A5FDA4F0E2E9@microsoft.com...
    > > Try sliding the back of the top of the optical mouse off if you have
    > > Logitec (look for way to open other brands). You should have batteries and
    > > it sounds
    > > like they need replacement.
    > >
    > > "JD" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Lately I'm very frustrated because my cursor will not move where I want
    > >> it
    > >> to. It "lags" and sometimes "drifts." I wiped the bottom with a damp
    > >> cloth
    > >> and thought that helped, but before very long the behavior began again. I
    > >> pulled out the USB plug and reinserted it. To no avail.
    > >> Is it likely that I need to buy a new mouse? (It's only a little over a
    > >> year
    > >> old.) Perhaps even return to the "old reliable" roller ball type?
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    >
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    I went to Best Buy and got a mouse pad "designed for optical mice." That,
    along with cleaning the underside of the mouse, seems to have corrected the
    erratic mouse behavior. Thanks.
    "dgreen" <dgreen@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:5C178735-321F-428A-A1E6-F8434D07AA3B@microsoft.com...
    > What type of mouse pad are you using? The optical mouse doesn't
    > particularly
    > care for the one that comes with Dell computers. Try testing with a plain
    > white sheet of paper. If that helps, think about replacing the mouse pad.
    >
    > "JD" wrote:
    >
    >> There do not seem to be any batteries here. This is not a "wireless"
    >> mouse
    >> so the power source is the PC. Thanks anyway for the suggestion.
    >> "Red Hand" <Red Hand@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:D1223A8F-D2DC-478D-8923-A5FDA4F0E2E9@microsoft.com...
    >> > Try sliding the back of the top of the optical mouse off if you have
    >> > Logitec (look for way to open other brands). You should have batteries
    >> > and
    >> > it sounds
    >> > like they need replacement.
    >> >
    >> > "JD" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> Lately I'm very frustrated because my cursor will not move where I
    >> >> want
    >> >> it
    >> >> to. It "lags" and sometimes "drifts." I wiped the bottom with a damp
    >> >> cloth
    >> >> and thought that helped, but before very long the behavior began
    >> >> again. I
    >> >> pulled out the USB plug and reinserted it. To no avail.
    >> >> Is it likely that I need to buy a new mouse? (It's only a little over
    >> >> a
    >> >> year
    >> >> old.) Perhaps even return to the "old reliable" roller ball type?
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
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