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    crazy mouse activity

    I have been having the weirdest time trying to get my WinXP O/S reloaded! Back up failed for no apparent reason, computer hangs at inappropriate times while trying to load from scratch, etc. I just recently noticed that the scroll wheel on my serial mouse isn't working any more. And every now and again, several open screens will just move about for no apparent reason, while I am trying to drag a sentence in MS Word, or doing a drag of a file from one place to another. Can a sick mouse cause all of this? I am going to replace him (since he is not behaving) ASAP but I thought I would ask what anyone might think about the possibility of a sick mouse causing such troubles? (For the record, I have even done a "low level" format on my hard drive just to be certain it was free of bugs!)

    A crazy question, I know but <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> for any thoughts on this subject! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    I 'think' I have everything spelled correctly. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>


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    Re: crazy mouse activity

    Skitterbug

    Excellent! I think that weirdest is the only exception to the "I before E, except after C" rule that I am aware of! (OK, include Weird and Weirder in there, too!). (Good effort, gold star, 10/10, and you can have two cookies!)...

    John

    PS As to the less important part of your post <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> I suspect that if there is a hardware fault with your rodent, that (say) causes the scroll wheel to stick down on occasion, it will be sending unwanted signals which could perhaps cause the problems you experience. Similar effect to one of the mouse buttons sticking. Have you had a look at the pins in the plug at the other end of the mouse cable? Occasionally I have seen these badly bent. Have you tried with a scroll-wheel-free mouse? Or just a different mouse?

    PPS I didn't know you could still get serial mice!
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

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    Re: crazy mouse activity

    > weirdest is the only exception to the "I before E, except after C" rule that I am aware of!

    neighbo(u)r, height, weight, deity, forfeit, either, neither, protein, seize, heir

    science, vacancies (etc.)

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    Re: crazy mouse activity

    > didn't know you could still get serial mice!

    Just leave the Corn Flakes box open...

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    Re: crazy mouse activity

    Not forgetting the odd lounger or two.... <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Yes, but those are very odd.... <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: crazy mouse activity

    Believe me - I started regretting my choice of words the instant I hit 'Post It'... <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: crazy mouse activity

    Thank you, Hans -- I am now aware of more exceptions!

    John

    (But no gold star for you, because you are just showing off!!)
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    Re: crazy mouse activity

    Foreign atheists forfeit feint ageing. Beige heir?

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    Re: crazy mouse activity

    <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> It has been said that confession is good for the soul! And John, you are correct in being amazed that I still have a "serial mouse" attached to my box! I goofed when I "typed" this statement. I think the more correct statement would be that this mouse is connected through a 6-pin mini-din and it is a PS/2 mouse!

    I have to say however, that the posts were very funny and I got a very good laugh from reading them - especially Hans remark about about leaving "the Corn Flakes box open..."

    The end of all of this is that I still need a new mouse! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> and have a terrific day - the sun is shining very nicely here even if it did drop 40


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    Re: crazy mouse activity

    Skitterbug

    Yes, I made an error in presuming that my childhood "I before E, except after C" rule could be generalised from the particular (which I always advise against*). This rule relates to a particular long "e" sound, as this article cogently explains.

    I hope your new mouse behaves, or it may get downgraded to become a vole!

    John

    * Always advise against awkward and affected alliteration...
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    Re: crazy mouse activity

    Maybe it's not the mouse, but the PS/2 port itself...? I'd look at this as an excuse to get a shiny, new, laser mouse...
    -Mark

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    Re: crazy mouse activity

    Yes, this is the correct "rule of thumb" and in this more complete form the exceptions in common
    use are very few: they are "seize", "inveigle", "caffeine", "protein", and "codeine"
    , as stated in the article you found.

    Alan

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    Re: crazy mouse activity

    I've got one of those, my old mouse took a lot to break it before I could justify getting it. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: crazy mouse activity

    Hit us with a few observations, Tony. I assume you like it or you probably would have commented. What do you do about the charger - do you put the mouse in it regularly or wait until it drains? (I was just back re-reading <!post=this old thread,366565>this old thread<!/post> about my year-old Logitech optical cordless - I never did take the suggestion to use rechargeable batteries and this sucker is still like clockwork - every two months, plus or minus a day.) From the pictures at the Logitech site I can't see the buttons so I guess it must be the views or my eyes. It's certainly an interesting concept.

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