|Weird mouse cursor glitchs|
Click in title-bar inconsistent - virus? Some background software?
| 2:46 am on Nov 1, 2007 (gmt 0)|
For the past several weeks, I've been experiencing weird glitches when left-clicking in the title bars of programs, along the border, etc. (Actually, right-clicking, as I have a left-handed mouse. But for you "righties", it's "left-clicking"...)
This happens inconsistently.
I will left-click in the title bar, wanting to then drag the window to a different location. But the program will maximize - as if I have double-clicked.
Similarly, I will click on a border, wanted to then drag to resize the window. The cursor properly changes to the appropriate "resize" icon as I mouse over the border, and stays as such as I click and drag, but the window refuses to resize.
I've had to resort at times to clicking on the start taskbar icon for the program and using the keyboard to move or resize windows.
Sometimes, trying again will work. Other times, it helps to first click somewhere inside the program window. And sometimes, I go a whole day without having this problem.
I'm using a Logitech MX610 left-handed wireless mouse with uberOptions added. The display card is an nVidia 6800, running two screens. (Might possibly make a difference). It doesn't matter if I'm trying to drag from one screen to another or within the same screen though.
Has anybody else experience this odd behavior? I've never seen this before, but it's been driving me nuts for a while now.
| 11:09 am on Nov 1, 2007 (gmt 0)|
This is a guess but...
Most fancy mice come with fancy drivers - if such drivers are installed, uninstall them (and rely on standard drivers). If that solves the problem, look for an update. It is possible that a Windows update triggered a conflict/incompatibility and a driver update is required.
If that doesn't fix it, then you'll have to go through the process list and look for something dodgy. Also, consider disabling all security software (disconnect from internet first) and see what happens.
| 1:57 pm on Nov 1, 2007 (gmt 0)|
I'm having the exact problem right this very moment. Just did a clean install of XP Pro on an older laptop and cursor position seems to be off just enough to make it aggravating. I'm using a basic MS wireless mouse with standard drivers. I think it might have something to do with screen rez. Though I'm running native at 1920 x 1200 switching to 1600 x 1200 appears to clear it up.
| 2:57 pm on Nov 1, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Well, even though owner edit was still showing it won't let me, so:
<added>Ahhh, of course, any text resizing in FF or page zooming in IE7 appears to confuse the cursor position a bit -- you ain't always clicking or selecting where you think you are. The more pronounced the soom, the more pronounced the discrepancy.</added>
| 11:32 am on Nov 2, 2007 (gmt 0)|
I was having a similar problem and found 2 things that affected the reliability of the mouse. First was the battery streghnth. Second was the location of the wireless transmitter. When I had it on the PC, the mouse worked terribly.
What really helped though, was to get a USB extension cable and put the transmitter on the desk near the mouse. Since then, it's been working pretty well.
Not sure if that would help the alignment issue thought.
| 5:03 pm on Nov 2, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Well, I think the mystery has been solved - it was the battery!
I did think of that possibility, but relied on the battery strength indicator in the Logitech applet. It said the battery was good, so I believed them.
Anyway, the applet finally told me to replace the battery, I did, and the problems went away.
| 4:36 pm on Nov 15, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Well, not so fast.... I'm pretty sure now that the problem is not the battery.
I did some searching, and it seems that this is a common problem with Logitech mice. The microswitches wear out, and then they start seeing a single click as a double-click.
This is consistent with the behavior I am seeing.
Actually, I had a Logitech mouse switch fail previously, but in a different mode. The "volume down" switch was "stuck on". Drove me crazy for months! Not a big enough of a problem to toss the mouse. The volume would go to zero without me changing it. The slider on the volume control applet would "fight" me if I tried to raise it!
I finally downloaded uberoptions (a free add-on for the Logitech drivers) and disabled the down-volume button.
I eventually replaced that mouse with the MX610 left-handed model, which I love, poor quality switches and all. :(
I've ordered a spare, and will send in the old one for replacement under warranty.