[Hardware] Computer Hardware Issues
My Logitech optical mouse pointer is getting harder and harder to control. It will be working smoothly and then for no obvious reason will stick to a certain spot for a moment and then jump ahead. Also, sometimes it will not work after starting the computer. Does anyone know what might be wrong?
Tried cleaning the sensor?
USB or serial? With USB mouses, other peripherals (like modems) on same hub may slowdown or stop mouse interaction. Putting the mouse on another port usually fix the problem.
Sunanda, I tried cleaning just now, but the problem remains. Vincent, it is a usb mouse. That may be the problem, as I have a WIFI USB modem running also.
In addition to the problem already discribed, the pointer will sometime start quivering and moving across the screen on its own power. Distracting.
Mine did that too. My newer (wireless) MS mouse will sometimes go to sleep and need a shake to wake up, but no jitter like the Logitech did.
I've had a number of Logitech mice do that to me. Seems M$ doesn't like Logitech's drivers sometimes. I removed the Logitech drivers and just used the generic wheel mouse drivers and that problem went away.
One of the mice was plugged into a KVM Switch and would randomly decide to freak out on me like that when I would change ports on the switch. It even freaked out under Linux but that's no problem, you grab a console and type 'kudzu' and the problem went away...
Ammon, how did you remove the Logitech drivers. I can't seem to get my to go away.
Stoping the WIFI modem does not help, so the drivers seem to be my last hope.
Logitech usually has software with its driver which if you uninstall should also remove the drivers.
Of course. That pointer jumping all over the screen was causing me to forget everthing else. Anyway, uninstalling those drivers seems to have solved the problem. Thanks, Ammon!
Louis, I have the same problem with a USB MS laser mouse. It quivers, goes for a run, and sometimes jumps all over the screen, usually after I wake it up.
But that's just because you haven't had your morning coffee yet. I get that same effect from all mice right after I wake up. ;~>
You mean the mice needs coffee?!
No, one who drinks enough always has a jittery hand in the morning. ;~>
All Optical mouses can jump sometimes. It's due to the surface where you move it : reflexion or refraction cause parasite in the optical sensor. Using a non reflective surface is usually better.
though clear glass doesn't seem to work very well ...
Anyone tried an optical mouse on a mirror?
I tried, but I grabbed the wrong one.
I've got a glass top computer desk ... and I have to be sure I put the optical mouse on the non glass surfaces if I want it to move
Graham some years ago the first optical mouse I saw was gived as serial for sun mircosystem workstation. Sun was providing with tose optical mouse a mouse carpet (don't know if the term is the right one) with a metal cover but this metal cover was not uniform it was more like a grid. This show that the optical sensor to detect movement need to have unperfect reflection (on other optical technology like micrisift one engeneers have thinked that the surface must be omogenus so they make flash the lazer diode. In sun technology the lazer diode of the optical mouse was continous and that's why you will need a special surface to make it working ).
micrisift = microsoft ;)
The early optical mice I saw used special mice mats with grids printed on them
graham: I actually have one of those for my old Amiga. The mat was not in good shape when I got it so I scanned the pattern and printed it again on a sheet of paper. unfortunately the pattern was a bit too high resolution for the old 300 dpi laser printer, so the mouse got slow, but it was still quite reliable.
Yeah, Dale Luck sold a balless mouse.
I recently bought a bunch of wireless optical mice from Microsoft. They make better hardware than software (or better said, they buy better hardware to resell than software).
I like it a lot, it is the travel moouse. Actaully very well designed.
It's true, untill you install the software than come with the mouse. Intllipoint is a huge soft for so few functionnality and can causes some crash.
I mean "so few USEFULL Functionnalities..."
R: I agree, the Microsoft mice are pretty good. Very comfortable. D: I assumed that, and haven't installed their software :^)
they are eating into Logitech's share. having said that, I came across a 'joystick' mouse from 3M.. that claims to be less stressful. Have anyone tried that?
I am contemplating the horrors of setting up a dual-boot system (XP and I thought I'd try 'Breezy Badger') on a new (almost -- I've been procrastinating for months) hard drive. Any advice?
On the face of it, it looks as if I need a primary partition for each OS and an extended partition for my data (which I'll break into two or three NTFS logical drives). But what to do first? Should I set up these partitions, then run the installs, or run each install hoping they do it for me?
My new hard drive is set to slave on the same controller as my current hard drive, so I can format and partition while using my current XP install.
Chris:maybe get a trial version of VMware and then try different distros till you find 1 you like and then set up an ext3 or the newer reiser fs(spelling ? )
Yep, I probably should have done that, but curiousity in hype and fads led me to try Ubuntu.
Actually, I'm surprised at the success I had. Probably should log it somewhere. I switched my drives' master/slave positions. Ran XP setup first into a preset NTFS partition. Then ran the Ubuntu setup, slicing up the remainder of the disk. The most useful side effect is that GRUB lets me boot not only to XP and Ubuntu, but also my existing XP setup on the now slave drive (meaning no rush to get my new XP setup finetuned -- never a trivial task).
The only drawback (this is noted in the Linux group) is that AltME doesn't appear to work on 'Breezy Badger'.
But not noted in AltME group...
Chris:that is why I use Mandriva for a Linux distro,never had any problems installing View or Altme
What is presently the smallest computer that will run rebol view?
VMWare is now free
Louis, do you mean physically, or in terms of resources?
Brian, I mean physically, like little and light weight. :>)
There are some cell phones that could run the WinCE Core, some embedded servers that could probably run one of the Linux builds...