View Full Version : Possessed Mouse
08-15-2002, 04:01 PM
This is something that's been happening for a while and it really has me baffled.
Every once in a while, my mouse pointer will do a slide to the left all by itself! It always moves about an inch and a half. I haven't noticed it happening in any one program, but I'll try to take a look at what's running when it happens next time.
Any thoughts at all? My only thought is that I may need to borrow robert's exorcist, priest and sacrificial goat if they're still around...
08-15-2002, 04:31 PM
well, when that happens to me, I have to change my batteries in my mouse! :(:
08-15-2002, 04:49 PM
NMJ - Is your mouse a roller ball or optic mouse??
08-15-2002, 05:08 PM
Just a normal 2-button 1-wheel MS ball mouse (w/cord), so I don't think batteries are the problem. At least I've never heard of them having batteries. :?:
Thanks for the idea, though.
08-15-2002, 05:13 PM
No yours won't have batteries.. Kandi has on optical mouse that has them.
the only thing I can think of is you have your pointer on some kind of delay or something in the Control Panel or the "ball" in the mouse is warn down and keeps spinning somehow after you stop moving it..
I will get the goat ready...:furball:
08-15-2002, 07:43 PM
:bounce: I'm sorry NMJ. Yes, I do have an optical mouse with batteries, guess I jumped the gun and thought maybe you might have one too. Didn't mean to confuse you there. Forgive me? :confused:
08-15-2002, 07:51 PM
When is the last time you cleaned your mouse....???
08-15-2002, 07:54 PM
Be careful Mice can't swim very well.. :D:
08-15-2002, 10:46 PM
No, Kandi, you didn't confuse me...I knew that optical mice had batteries and I figured it was safe to assume that these mice don't because I've had some mice *forever*. But this one is only a few years old.
I clean it pretty regularly and it looks clean now. Haven't tried the full bath idea, though. Could be an...ummmm...interesting...experience. :crazy:
The thing I don't understand is how the mouse will be perfectly still (and I don't think the ball would have enough momentum to spin on its own) when the pointer moves. And it always moves in a perfectly straight line to the left. :?:
08-15-2002, 10:54 PM
Ok - so how do you clean your mouse? Could there be any loose gunk-bits or specs of dust floating around? Could there be a bug with the software you use for your mouse. I have heard of cases, and experienced it everyonce in a blue moon, that the mouse software degrades or becomes corrupt when something else is installed...if that be the case, fingers crossed, a quick re-install might work.....
Other wise - take it apart (completely) and give it a good BLOW of air....just try not to spit....if you don't have compressed/canned air....
Recently had a run in with Hybris on a clints system.... Weard stuff was happening... See Hybris.A, Hybris.B, Hybris.C and Hybris.C (http://www3.ca.com/virusinfo/Virus.asp?ID=5295)
If you run the System File Checker, and find WSOCK32.DLL corrupt.... chances are :flame:
Do you live on the side of a hill? Could be your desk has got a lean one way so the mouse rolls down. Try putting packing under the other edge of the monitor so as the mouse rolls off to the left, the monitor tilts the mouse cursor off to the right. That should even it up.
The other favourite is the dog (or cat) lays under the desk and pulls the cable, making the mouse move on its own accord.
Also -how about the Corilolis Effect? (Think my spelling is a bit out, but then it is 33 years since I graduated). This is movement caused by the rotation of the earth that makes railway lines wear out on one side if they run North/South. Try turning you desk round so it runs east/west.
Also try changing the bateries.
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