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    Question Wireless Mouse Pointer Jumping All Over

    I'm using a Microsoft 5000 wireless mouse with its accompanying wireless keyboard. A few days ago the pointer started jumping all over the screen when I try to use it, and it's frustrating to get it to home in on what I need it to point to. What could be causing this and how can I fix it? Thanks.

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    Experiment with different mouse pads including colour.
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    Have you checked the batteries?

    Have you added any wireless devices, such as wireless phones, etc., near the PC recently?

    Have you moved any existing wireless devices recently?

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    Using mouse pad that's worked all along.

    When I first got the keyboard and mouse, the mouse was doing the same thing. Tech support told me to use a white piece of paper. The mouse wasn't sliding properly, but then I found a mouse pad with a white center, and it has worked perfectly until a few days ago. The mouse pad hasn't changed, so what could be causing this sudden shift?

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    A hair stuck on the bottom of the mouse, intermittently interfering with the mouse's light beam?
    Sounds silly, I know, but I've known it to happen.
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    I had the same mouse and usually found there was, like the above post says, a hair in the lens..I used a toothpick to remove it.

    Also, the receiver may be near something that is interfering with the signals from the mouse.
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    Sorry I can't help but I finally gave up and got a USB mouse and KB.
    I put up with it for several months, trying everything that I and many others could think of.
    Many different positions, for the transceiver.
    Several versions of drivers.
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    I gave up on wireless mice years ago. There are still two of them sitting on my junk shelf.
    No use having a junk shelf if I can't put stuff on there. Eh?

    So today, I'm using a Microsoft wired USB (Laser) mouse on a PS2 adapter. One day while I was
    typing something my mouse cursor went crawling across the screen. Woah, there Micky!

    Even when I was holding the mouse down securely so it could not move, the cursor just
    kept crawling. I picked up the mouse and forcefully blew into the Laser on the bottom of the
    mouse. That dislodged whatever dust and dirt that had collected there and the mouse was
    just fine again. I've done that a few times since then.

    As for mouse pads, a cloth topped pad of just one color is best for these Laser mice.
    They will go crazy if put on a glass or shiny black surface. Those glossy mouse pads are
    really no good at all, for the Laser mice.

    I still take service calls to peoples houses, where they have an old Ball-Type mouse, so full
    of dirt and lint that it can hardly roll. My first job is to open up the mouse and clean the lint
    off of the little rollers that the ball works against. Cheeech!

    Ah, here's the problem!
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    I'm with the good doctor. I'm not fond of wireless mice. Most wireless mouse issues are caused by interference and bad batteries.

    I'll have to check out that little video at home, I have rights to see it at work, but its frowned upon.
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    Addendum

    This mouse problem is not consistent. It will work fine for a while, then go haywire, then revert to normal operation. Sometimes it will be fine for hours at a time before it starts acting up.

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    I have gotten to the point that I have a supply of rechargeable batteries and a small recharger for AA and AAA batteries. Not only do we use then in our mice, but in many other household products from toothbrushes to who knows what. The rechargeable batteries seem to accept many charges and last almost as long as the non-rechargeable types.
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    Red face Jumping Mouse Pointer

    Thanks for all your suggestions. The mouse seems to be working fine now. I suspect that the problem was a hair or other piece of lint.

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    Cool Wandering mouse fix

    Quote Originally Posted by Sukki007 View Post
    I'm using a Microsoft 5000 wireless mouse with its accompanying wireless keyboard. A few days ago the pointer started jumping all over the screen when I try to use it, and it's frustrating to get it to home in on what I need it to point to. What could be causing this and how can I fix it? Thanks.
    Yup had this problem and with the activation of the scroll wheel (pressing it to drag in CAD), I even took my MS wireless keyboard and mouse combo back as I thought it was faulty! I have replaced the mouse with a wired one, it a cheap easy and effective solution. From scanning the various forums its the frequency it uses to communicate gets interfered by other device transmissions. The keyboard seems ok as its transmission of data is much slower.

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    Graz, you do realize this thread is 5 years old ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Banyarola View Post
    Graz, you do realize this thread is 5 years old ?
    A five-year-old post without a 'solved' - what a challenge!

    All of the specifications suggest desktop users, but if any laptop users are among them, I may be able to help.

    Laptop users may have two competing devices: the touchpad and an external mouse. If both are 'on', you may think you are mousing but when you use the keyboard you may be activating the touchpad, which makes things go haywire. There is also a 'sensitivity' setting for it in the Control Panel, if nowhere else, and sensitivity can be affected by such things as humidity, in which case a touchpad is more proximity switch than something that actually requires touching.

    Laptops typically have a function key to turn the touchpad off - just look across the function keys to see if any has a symbol resembling a finger touching a key, for example, and combine that with the Fn key to turn it off or on. Some, such as my Asus, require you to go into the Contol Panel, where under Mouse I have a display of Mouse Properties that has eight tabs and a multitude of settings, including the crucial Elan stuff.

    If you have a touchpad and are using a mouse, don't blame it on the mouse until you have checked your settings for the touchpad. Additionally, as was pointed out in an earlier thread, you may need an updated driver for it if you updated the system to a different version of Windows.

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