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    The Fridge Door?

    With my tongue planted firmly in my cheek I have a question similar to: "...does the light go out when you close the 'fridge door?..." I just bought a new optical cordless mouse, knowing zero about this technology. Does the light go out or into some kind of "sleep" mode when the critter is not being used? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

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    Re: The Fridge Door?

    Interesting read for the links you posted.
    I have a Logitech Cordless Optical Mouse M-RM67A and when I shutdown the computer for the night, the mouse's light is still on. I also have to change the alkaline batteries every 3 or so weeks...I wonder if this is because the light is on 24/7? Replacing the 2 batteries is really a PITA for me, because of the little lever one has to pry open to get to where the batteries are at.
    All-in-all, I still prefer this mouse to my Logitech cordless mouse w/ball on the bottom...hated cleaning off the 'gunk' on those 2 little roller balls where the 'ball' itself was located. Oh well... <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: The Fridge Door?

    Just a note on the battery situation Lonnie...I bought some of the new AA rechargeable batteries and a charger for about $20 I think and they work great. I just bought 4 more for the digital camera a few days ago. The technology has come a long ways since I first bought some in the middle 1980s! (back then they seemed to last about an hour or so). It might be worth the initial investment since the product is better now.

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    Re: The Fridge Door?

    This seems to be a MOBO issue, Al rather than who makes the optical device.

    That light on is a frequent discussion point on ng's focused on mice. What happens when you power off? The light usually stays on when it's not being used and the computer is still on, sometimes goes off when the computer is off--I don't shut mine off--but this can depend on the type of MOBO--you'll see it flicker or move at times when you move it around. MS has a KB saying the light stays on in its mice plugged into a PS2 rather than USB port. The KB is 239693: IntelliMouse: Tail Light Remains On After You Shut Down and Turn Off Computer

    My Logitech light stays on all the time--and it works fine--plugged into a USB port.

    I have a Logitech optical cordless I've had since it came out and it's got to be one of the best computer related things I have--moves much better than its predecessor. Logitech says you save battery life if you use a white sheet of paper--th some also say a colored pad surface helps--I just find that cleaning a tiny amount of very easily removed very small gummy consistency patch of junk every once in a while from the bottom helps movement. There is a hard button on the radio receiver that you may have to hold down a few seconds once in a while to reset the mouse if the pointer gets "buggy" and a button under the mouse that you may have to hold down once in a while to reset that is slightly bigger than the diameter of a pen point.

    I have had friends swear it isn't so but an optical mouse is taking about 1500-1600 pictures every second at least when moving.

    Below are a couple threads that context the light and the MOBO and some tips on optical mice:

    How Optical Mice Work

    Tech Target Optical Mice

    Optical Precision and Performance: How It Works (Logitech Support)

    Forum Thread on Light Staying On--See Post #10 by Matt

    Thread: Question About Mouse Light

    Tracking Issues with Optical Devices

    Most Common Logitech Cordless Issues

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    Re: The Fridge Door?

    Um... why not just turn it upside down and see what happens? ;-P

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    Re: The Fridge Door?

    Al,

    I've found that my Logitech Cordless Optical Mouse goes to sleep, within a second of "not using it". That is to say, almost as soon as I let go of it. All I see in the way of the light, is a very dim red glow... that becomes bright again, as soon as I move it.

    This happens, whether I have the computer turned on or not.

    Hope this helps....
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    Re: The Fridge Door?

    Just for curiosity sake, I propped a small note pad under one end and observed the reflected light on the desktop. Like yours, it almost immediately dims, but stays on. Then, after several minutes of inactivity, this dim light starts to blink. It'll be interesting to see how long the batteries DO last.

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    Re: The Fridge Door?

    I purchased the expensive Enigizer "e2" batteries once, and didn't have to replace the batteries for a good 4 months. Will I get this result again... who knows. I haven't purchased the wrong batteries again...

    I've also purchased the low-end "generic" batteries from various "companies", and find that I get 3-4 weeks on them.

    Usually, I just purchase the regular Duracell or Enigizer batteries... depending on my mouse usage for the pair, I get 4-6 weeks of life.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: The Fridge Door?

    rechargeable batteries...sounds interesting. I know Logitech has an optical mousey that has a rechargeable base that one sticks said mousey into when not in use...I looked at that little baby, but was a bit too expensive for me. But those rechargeable batteries plus its' charger might be cheaper than the mousey I just mentioned. But how long would those batteries last...as in how many times can one re-charge them before having to purchase new ones? <img src=/S/mice.gif border=0 alt=mice width=50 height=25>

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    Re: The Fridge Door?

    ahhh, your useage of the computer & mousey is quite different from mine - judging on the expertise and knowledge you have shown in all of your posts to various threads here @ Woody's <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>. You are a 'worker' of the computer, whereas I am just a player of the computer - self-taught and actually a tad-bit higher in knowledge and useage than your average basic novice computer user <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> - online games and reading Forum websites...that's all I do.
    I just turn off the monitor when I am away - no hibernate at all as far as the power management...got that thing set for a human to control my computer and monitor <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: The Fridge Door?

    They seem to last just about as long as a normal AA battery. The set in my cordless optical mouse is going on about 6 weeks or so. As for how many times they can be recharged, I forget what the box said, but have recharged them about 10 times thus far so I figure if they went out now, it would equate to about $2 per set of four AAs.

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    Re: The Fridge Door?

    Thank you for that info...appreciate it. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: The Fridge Door?

    Lonnie,
    The AA rechargables that I got for my digital camera say they can be recharged 1000 times (at least). Don't forget that there is a cost to recharge, but you probably wouldn't notice it on your electricity bill.

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    Re: The Fridge Door?

    $$$ is no problem - electricity-wise, I mean <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: The Fridge Door?

    I have to replace the batteries about the same amount Lonnie and we both probably use the computer a lot, probably because I turn off the monitor and I don't power off but I have explored with every permutation and combo of hybernate or similar settings known to man and read stuff on them and made a little power off button that shows up under my Start>Turn off Computer options by hacking the registry but I don't use it.

    The thing is though, the glide and movement on this mouse is night and day better than the corded Logitech ball mouse I had that Dell decided to paint over with the word Dell but says Logitech on the bottom. I use Tweak UI and some other tweakers to play with the focus on the windows so that if I barely move my mouse pointer in one direction it will put the closest window up and this helps for me.

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