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I have just bought a new mouse since my old one stopped working. Now there is a problem that the mouse HANGS for like 8 seconds at a time (i timed it) randomly when my computer is on. At first I thought it was due to the system resources being used up and making the comp. slow but it is not because of that. There is no software together with my mouse, but then, there is no conflict either. I checked under Device Manager. It is extremely frustrating since I am unable to do anything about it. It definitely is NOT due to a dirty ball sensor or no mousepad, since I use one.

How do I solve this problem??

Answer

This question was answered on January 15, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

This is one of those "sounds impossible" problems, unless by "Hangs" you are indicating the mouse has slipped off the edge of the table.

What you describe, is a conventional mouse. If it's new, take it back to the store, or see if it does the same thing on another PC.

Mice are pretty cheap. I picked up a very nice wheel mouse at the local computer swap meet for a dollar, brand new in the box. Let's not turn this situation into a career. Life is too short.

I have a wireless mouse, which takes a second or two to "wake up" after a period of inactivity. This keeps the internal circuitry from having to constantly transmit to the remote unit. A low battery causes the thing to act like it's haunted. The batteries that came with the unit went bad within days.

No software is indicated with Windows and any mouse I have yet to find. Even an old legacy "bus mouse" I installed in an ancient Pentium worked immediately; no driver necessary.

Possibly, some thread has wrapped itself around the axle of one of the sensor wheels. Be careful cleaning the guts of many mice, as impossible-to-find parts can become dislodged. These tiny pieces seem programmed to find the most impossible-to-determine location within thirty feet, and hide there.

RG

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Posted by Robert of Mesa Community College on January 15, 2003

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