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    Mouse (Windows XP)

    I am presently using a Wireless Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer that for the last three months I can't get more that one month of use out of a fresh set of batteries. Even though I like this mouse, I've had it and want to change. I guess the easiest solution would be to get a wired Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer. I've also been looking at the Logitech Mx 500, but have been reading a lot of horror stories people have been having with installation of the Logitech software and the use of all the buttons. I don't play games at my age, but I would like to use the forward & back buttons and scroll wheel.
    I would appreciate any advice anyone could give me on selection of a mouse and installation of the MX 500 mouse. Thanks!

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    Re: Mouse (Windows XP)

    We've got six or seven Intellimouse Explorers running here - installation and use so far appears exemplary.

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    Re: Mouse (Windows XP)

    You can always get a Lemon in no matter what you buy. I have an Intellimouse and hardle ever have to change battries.

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    Re: Mouse (Windows XP)

    I've had very good luck with Optical Intellimouse Explorer.

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    Re: Mouse (Windows XP)

    Woody has a rather strong opinion on cordless devices, see Why I hate wireless . I think their day will come. As soon as we get cordless power (ie without batteries).
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    Re: Mouse (Windows XP)

    Hi, Tiger ~

    Recently I went through a a trial of over 13 different mice both corded and wireless - some worked great while others didn't and then some fit my preferences while others did not. Optical is obviously superior and I have found that corded performs faster and with better precision than wireless models. I do not want to change batteries and I found my MX700 was married to the charger half the time thus requiring a second mouse which is just plain silly. After all was said and done, I finally ended up with the Fellowes 99932 Opti Gel 5-button gelpad optical mouse.

    Please see the simple specs and pics here.

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    Re: Mouse (Windows XP)

    Hi Bruce,
    Thank you for your response. I like your choice of mouse & I'll be looking in to purchasing one soon as I use up these batteries I bought. I do have one question for you being that I'm pretty much a novice. I'm using a Microsoft Cordless Mouse Explorer with its software. I have been reading a lot about the Logitech mouse software crashing computers when installed - will I have the same problem with the Fellows?? Should I remove the software I have installed now first? Could you give me a sequence for the installation; I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks, Jim

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    Re: Mouse (Windows XP)

    Yeah, and that's why opinions are like <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0>-holes - - everybody has one, even Woody!. My Logitech cordless mouse and keyboard have been performing flawlessly for a few years now and even the "internet" keys on the keyboard work under Win XP Pro WITHOUT any Logitech software installed. The wheel on the mouse works too and the ONLY thing wrong in my case is that I'm left handed! Once or twice a year I have to replace a couple of batteries but to me that's no big deal.

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    Re: Mouse (Windows XP)

    I was very happy with a Logitech cordless mouse and keyboard combo till I broke the mouse (physically). I can't work out how to replace just the mouse so I'm stuck with a cordless keyboard and a separate mouse.

    StuartR

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    Re: Mouse (Windows XP)

    <hr> I have been reading a lot about the Logitech mouse software crashing computers when installed<hr>

    Sorry but am I missing the news flash, cause I haven't seen it {Crashing Computers}. Delay in shutdown, yes. But there is an easy fix for that. I've been using Logitech for along time and never seen any Crashes due to the software. Like I said before you can get a Lemmon in anything, but I don't think it's a bad product. But then again as Doc said, Opinions are like , well you know. If someones computer is crashing due to Logitec Software, seems to me there just might be some other underlying problems associated with compatability.

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    Re: Mouse (Windows XP)

    Hi, Jim ~

    <IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/mouse.gif> In my experience thus far, I have had not problems with Followes' input devices or any conflicts with XP. Mind you, I am using the corded optical mouse, not the wireless. I have used them and feel they do not perform as well in addition to the power hassles. My thoughts mirror Woody's on those items.

    Yes, you should certainly remove any other mouse software you have installed. I understand your concern with the Logitech brand as I, as well as many others, have experienced what you may have read. The Fellowes will run on the native MIcrosoft drivers, but you will need to install the Fellowes drivers from the included mini-CD to use the advanced features. Simply put the CD in and follow the on screen prompts. Should you encounter any problems, Fellowes surprisingly has real, live support people who will answer the phone and be attentive to your needs. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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