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    Mouse Sensitivity?

    This is driving me crazy. It seems as though the mouse won't cooperate any more. It is sluggish - when I move the mouse, the cursor doesn't always move, and it is very difficult to get it to a particular box.

    I haven't moved anything around, and no one else uses this PC. Is it time for a new mouse? Is it just dirty? It takes me twice as long to navigate these days!

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    Re: Mouse Sensitivity?

    Assuming this is a mechanical rather than an optical mouse I'd say what we've got here is a dirty mouse. <img src=/S/mouse.gif border=0 alt=mouse width=42 height=33>

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    Re: Mouse Sensitivity?

    What Kind of Mouse? Is it wireless? If it is wireless, check the battery. If it is not, take the ball out and clean it up.

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    Re: Mouse Sensitivity?

    In addition to what cowboy said, check and clean the ROLLERS that the mouse ball rides on. There you will really see a build up of accumulated dirt, lint, etc. You may have to GENTLY scrape away this stuff as it wraps itself around the rollers quite firmly.

    This makes a good case for an optical type mouse. No mechanical rollers to clean. <img src=/S/eyeout.gif border=0 alt=eyeout width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Mouse Sensitivity?

    I would emphasise <big>gently</big> as well!

    Over-enthusiasm, particularly with the small white wheel, can lead to a "where did the wheel/spring/axle go on the carpet?" situation, leading to a trip down to the computer store for a replacement mouse (which will, incidentally, entirely solve your mouse problem!!).
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    Re: Mouse Sensitivity?

    Well John,

    I would hope that most people would not use the "jackhammer" approach to cleaning ANY piece of electronic equipment. This would indeed achieve the results that you mentioned. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Mouse Sensitivity?

    Since when has "over-enthusiasm" mean "jack-hammer"? One surely must keep a sense of proportion in this context!

    It's fairly easy for the sprung white wheel to become dislodged by sideways motion using a tissue, or some other non-violent implement. (But fortunately I found its spring again, disassembled the mouse, and refitted. Another $5 "saved"!).
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    Re: Mouse Sensitivity?

    Depends on just how you interpret "over-enthusiasm"
    Apparently, you were enthusiastic enough to send the assembly flying. Glad you were sharp eyed enough to find the spring after it's trip to the far corners of the room. <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    BTW, a tissue isn't the best material to use as a cleaner. Probably leaves as much lint as was cleaned off. ( also can snag on springs)

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    Re: Mouse Sensitivity?

    Hi Bob,
    I think cotton buds dipped in pure alcahol are very good for cleaning the internals of mice (assuming they are mechanical and not furry organic ones)! Cotton buds are cheap to buy or free from your wife/girlfriend/'her indoors' make-up bag.
    On a general note, with the daily demands made on peoples' time and the low cost of a good quality mouse, is it worth cleaning a mouse more than once? I normally prefer to 'repair' rather than replace but in this case it is not really cost effective for me on a 'one at a time' basis.
    Here in the UK the market is awash with bankrupt stock, 'end of line' sales, 'overstocking' sales, etc and I buy new Logitech (badged as Dell, Compaq, etc) 2 button items for between

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    Re: Mouse Sensitivity?

    Hi Tony,

    Cotton Buds ( or Q-tips ) are Ok to use IF they are of decent quality with the cotton tightly twisted around the stick. Some of the cheaper ones will leave as much lint as a tissue.

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    is it worth cleaning a mouse more than once? I normally prefer to "repair" rather than replace but in this case it is not really cost effective for me on a "one at a time" basis.
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    Maybe once or twice but that's when the cost of an optical mouse will be better than having a big "mouse farm" of repaired mice ready to be plugged in as soon a one gets erratic. I've got a box of mech mice you can have free if you'd like. Just the cost a few of the mechanical mice ( as reasonable in price as they are ) will equal an optical easily. I also think the opticals are much more accurate pointing devices.

    And that's the latest on the rodent topic for today.

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    Re: Mouse Sensitivity?

    MURedskin--

    It'd be helpful to hear from you exactly what brand of mouse and what kind of mouse we're talking about? If it's wireless, check the button on the top of the radio transmitter and under the mouse in addition to of course cleaning it, there is a reset button that is tiny enough for a pen point to push it that can be helpful and of course a check on the mouse driver which could deteriorate or corrupt to make sure it's the latest driver in Device Manager might help.

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