View Poll Results: Optical Mouse Problems with USB

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  • My optical mouse is attached via USB and behaves the way it is supposed to.

    732 31.00%
  • I have a jumpy mouse pointer with <b>Windows 95</b>

    649 27.49%
  • I DO NOT have a jumpy mouse pointer with <b>Windows 95</b> and USB

    563 23.85%
  • I have a jumpy mouse pointer with <b>Windows 98</b>

    188 7.96%
  • I DO NOT have a jumpy mouse pointer with <b>Windows 98</b> and USB

    139 5.89%
  • I have a jumpy mouse pointer with <b>Windows ME</b>

    39 1.65%
  • I DO NOT have a jumpy mouse pointer with <b>Windows ME</b> and USB

    9 0.38%
  • I have a jumpy mouse pointer with <b>Windows 2000</b>

    8 0.34%
  • I DO NOT have a jumpy mouse pointer with <b>Windows 2000</b> and USB

    21 0.89%
  • I have a jumpy mouse pointer with <b>Windows XP</b>

    11 0.47%
  • I DO NOT have a jumpy mouse pointer with <b>Windows XP</b> and USB

    2 0.08%
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    USB Mouse -- Jumping Pointers Batman!

    Hey group,

    I've been frustrated for some time with the activity of my USB IntelliMouse. Frequently, the point is hyperactive and the slightest bump of the mouse - literally - would send the pointer shooting to the opposite side of the screen. For a long time I placed the blame squarely on the IntelliPoint software. However, after analyzing this, I found some inconsistencies in my theory.

    <UL><LI>IntelliPoint software or not, PS/2 rodents don't have this problem.
    <LI>Using the PS/2 adapter seems to fix the problem.
    <LI>Recently I played with a Logitech optical rodent and it did the same thing - no IntelliPoint in sight. It was attached using USB.
    <LI>It happens on Windows 2000 and XP, my primary operating systems. I don't know about 98. On my NT 4 box, I have no problems with the Intellimouse - using a PS/2 adapter.[/list]What I am trying to determine is whether or not this problem afftects Windows 9x systems, and if it has to do with the USB connection. Please respond to the poll only if you are using an optical mouse.

    <FORM METHOD=POST ACTION="http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/dopoll.pl"><INPUT TYPE=HIDDEN NAME="pollname" VALUE="1010798048WyllyWylly">Optical Mouse Problems with USB
    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="1"> My optical mouse is attached via USB and behaves the way it is supposed to.
    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="2"> I have a jumpy mouse pointer with Windows 95
    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="3"> I DO NOT have a jumpy mouse pointer with Windows 95 and USB
    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="4"> I have a jumpy mouse pointer with Windows 98
    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="5"> I DO NOT have a jumpy mouse pointer with Windows 98 and USB
    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="6"> I have a jumpy mouse pointer with Windows ME
    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="7"> I DO NOT have a jumpy mouse pointer with Windows ME and USB
    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="8"> I have a jumpy mouse pointer with Windows 2000
    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="9"> I DO NOT have a jumpy mouse pointer with Windows 2000 and USB
    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="10"> I have a jumpy mouse pointer with Windows XP
    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="11"> I DO NOT have a jumpy mouse pointer with Windows XP and USB
    <INPUT TYPE=SUBMIT NAME="PollSubmit" VALUE="Submit vote" CLASS="buttons"></FORM>
    -Mark

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    Re: USB Mouse -- Jumping Pointers Batman!

    Hi Mark
    Assuming you've not got the acceleration set to extremes, could it be that your pointer tries to jump to the 'default' option in a windows dialog box? Ok, it's a long shot, but are you using a USB hub non-powered hub? I have a MS optical cordless, and with a 7 slot USB powered hub it behaves impeccably in all three of my systems.

    Rgds

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    Re: USB Mouse -- Jumping Pointers Batman!

    I've got a Logitech Cordless Optical USB mouse on my ME system. I don't have any jumping, but I've had to "re-connect" it a couple of times.

    I've only had it since Christmas, and this has happen 4 times so far. I'm hoping it's just a matter of "working the bugs out".
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: USB Mouse -- Jumping Pointers Batman!

    This is using software defaults for acceleration (within IntelliPoint and Mouseware both).

    The snap-to feature *is* enabled, but disabling it makes no difference.

    The problem that I am describing starts as this: the mouse pointer has vanished - or appears to have = and when you touch the mouse, it skates uncontrollably across the screen. To resolve the problem - and only when it's connected to the onboard USB (no hubs installed) - you can either raise the mouse from the surface, or "overload" the pointer by moving the critter back and forth rapidly.

    This has happened on three separate PCs that I have used so far. They are all AMD based systems, so it may be the chipset support, but again this is not consistent since each system has a different chipset - one ALiMAGiK, two VIA.
    -Mark

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    Re: USB Mouse -- Jumping Pointers Batman!

    als:
    does your signal receiver have a button underneath to enable you to change the transmission channel?

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    Re: USB Mouse -- Jumping Pointers Batman!

    No, there's no button to change the channel - it's not a wireless.
    -Mark

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    Re: USB Mouse -- Jumping Pointers Batman!

    Any progress?
    While on the subject of usb, something that started nagging me over the weekend:-
    I have a vague recollection of reading somewhere that usb ports should be used in numerical order. This may have only been valid for a particular make/model of PC here but is it a general rule? Did I dream it all?

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    Re: USB Mouse -- Jumping Pointers Batman!

    So far there's only three of us that have answered my extra-long poll. Doesn't say much, really. But in regards to the order of the ports being used, I've never heard about that. It seems to make no difference, and I have four built in that are all in use on my daily driver. The other system that I have seen this problem with is using only two of its four USB ports.....and I am too lazy to pop open the case and see where the USB panel terminates on the board. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
    -Mark

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    Re: USB Mouse -- Jumping Pointers Batman!

    I did a bit of delving.

    Regarding the order of use of usb ports, I may have been thinking of this from Dell:
    [i]On the Dell

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    Re: USB Mouse -- Jumping Pointers Batman!

    Nice system Leif. FYI. I just ran across a note that Dell is offering the ATI Mobile Radeon 7500 to fix problems with the Mobile Geforce video in the 8100. Might be worth following up.
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    Re: USB Mouse -- Jumping Pointers Batman!

    Ooops <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>. That is a desktop, not a notebook.
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    Re: USB Mouse -- Jumping Pointers Batman!

    Interesting and useful information, kudos Leif! <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> I hadn't thought of it being a potential voltage problem before, but maybe it is. The mainboard in my daily driver supports six USB devices (four ports are connected), but nine times out of ten only the mouse is drawing power.

    I've tested the mice on other machines, but it's so erratic that it's hard to reproduce. What tripped the wire in my head was the fact that a completely separate system with a brand new optical - different brand, all new components - did exactly the same thing, and the fix was identical. You simply pick the critter up off the desk and then set it back down and it tracks correctly.
    -Mark

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