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Mouse pointer moves by itself
Is my computer ok?
KFish

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 7:06 am on May 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Sometimes my mouse pointer moves on its own, without me moving my mouse. It moves in one direction until it reaches the end of the screen.

Is this common? Anyone else is facing this problem. Is my comp ok?

 

Lexur

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 7:18 am on May 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Maybe you have an optical mouse and the working surface reflcts the light.

Try using another kind of mousepad.

[edited by: Lexur at 7:19 am (utc) on May 21, 2008]

KFish

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 8:04 am on May 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Lexur yes itís an optical mouse but I donít use a mouse-pad. The mouse is kept on my wooden table.

tomda

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 10:04 am on May 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Like Lexur said, it is common with optical mouse on reflective surface...

I had the same effect several time.

KFish

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 11:49 am on May 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thank God it happens with others too! I was feeling alone.

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 1:27 pm on May 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Sometimes my mouse pointer moves on its own, without me moving my mouse.

Did using a different surface sort the problem?

If not... does it move slowly or a sudden jump? Are you touching the mouse at all when this happens? Sometimes I see the mouse pointer moving, but the mouse is actually moving because of tension in the tail!

KFish

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 3:36 pm on May 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Penders, no I did not change the surface. The pointer still moves on its own, slowly very slowly till it reaches the end of the screen. No I am not touching the mouse when it moves Ė absolutely no tension in the tail.

Terabytes

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 3:53 pm on May 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Just wanted to mention that I have a customer the claims that the CIA and FBI have infiltrated their computer due to the same issue...I recognized the "effect" immediately and tried to explain that however he's SURE their watching his every move and have taken control of his system. He tries to explain it away by saying that "they" accidentally move their mouse and it shows up on his computer...lol

oh well...some people huh?

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 4:19 pm on May 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

the CIA and FBI have infiltrated their computer ... and have taken control of his system.

May be this has happened to your system KFish?!

Or possibly a 'loose diode'?! (Sorry, just plucked that one out the air, but sounds convincing eh?!) Personally I'd go for the surface issue as mentioned above - have you at least tried it on a book or something?

londrum

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 5:04 pm on May 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

maybe you've left a piece of cheese on your table, and the mouse has seen it

Terabytes

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 5:17 pm on May 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Loose diode

is that a diode that travels from mouse to mouse looking for a good time? :)

rytis

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 5:50 pm on May 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Any cat(s) around? I have two, and occcasionally experience mouse pointer moving when tiny hair sticks between LED and surface. Don't know exactly the mechanics, the pointer moves slowly and steady, got me frightened the 1st time it happened :)

willybfriendly

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 6:13 pm on May 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

I have found that my cell phone interferes with my cordless mouse (Logitec), resulting in all kinds of "mouse artifacts" - not to be confused with mouse droppings. This happens when I am using the bluetooth headset and set the phone down in close proximity to the mouse's USB adapter, which is plugged into the side of my laptop.

Not sure if it is the phone or Bluetooth causing the problem.

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 9:40 pm on May 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

...mouse pointer moving when tiny hair sticks between LED and surface.

Light refraction?

...This happens when I am using the bluetooth headset and set the phone down in close proximity to the mouse's USB adapter...

May just be the enormous quanties of radiation oozing from the phone?! Or may be that your wireless mouse is using a frequency close to the bluetooth standard 2.45Ghz? Wireless (non-bluetooth) devices tend to operate on a number of different freqs, but not always. Apparently, newer bluetooth devices can use Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH) technology to help minimise interference with other wireless devices?

netchicken1

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 10:33 pm on May 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Gravity.

Mouse pointers are heavier now than in the past, so when not being used they tend to fall off the screen.

However owing to the magnetic properties of the monitor sometimes a gravity well appears on your screen and the mouse moves in unusual directions.

You can see the direction of gravity by dropping your monitor off a building while still plugged in, if you have a gravity well it may fall up.

smallcompany

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 5:10 pm on May 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

KFish: desktop or laptop?

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 12:17 am on Jun 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

No I am not touching the mouse when it moves ÔŅĹ

A rarity.. I have had the situation, along time ago, when sunlight shining on the mouse caused it to behave erratically (or not at all)! The moment it was in shade it was OK. Sensitive to the increase in temperature may be? Weird.

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 1:45 am on Jun 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

Vibrations also. There's a lot of construction going on around me lately. I can watch the pointer dance along the screen as pile drivers down the street are digging into bedrock. And when they blast I usually get a half-second or so warning as the pointer POPS! before I feel or hear the boom.

KFish

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 6:55 am on Jun 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

smallcompany its a desktop.

CIA and FBI have infiltrated their computer due to the same issue

Are they so efficient? Should I start worrying too? ;-)

You guys have really interesting views.

smallcompany

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 7:02 am on Jun 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

I asked because I know about issues with laptops that overheat. The solution is to disable internal laptop pointer or touch pad if using external mouse.

Unfortunately your story is different, since you have a desktop. Have you tried different mouse?
I canít think of anything inside your desktop that could cause this.

KFish

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 8:17 am on Jun 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

The mouse is working perfectly ok. Only thing Ė as soon as I leave it free, the pointer starts moving in some direction (mostly towards left) until it reaches the end of screen.

Now we have become friends and if by chance it does not move I feel worried.

Very old mouse BTW and there is some emotional attachment too. Donít want to change as of now.

londrum

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 9:25 pm on Jun 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

it's when your computer moves by itself, or the monitor -- that's when you have to start worrying

KFish

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 5:57 am on Jun 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Londrum great one! ;-) I hope that day doesnít come else I will have to keep running behind my computer and beg her to stay wherever I keep her and explain to her that my home business will suffer if she keeps moving. I am sure my computer is mature enough to understand (its 6 years old now) and cooperate. Though right now my pointer isnít cooperating and moving @ 45 degrees up towards left.

KFish

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 12:02 pm on Jun 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi guys itís a common problem.

When I searched Google,

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I learned that there are many people like me who have the same problem.

So I need not worry and itís not weird. Thanks for your views anyways.

SEOMike

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Msg#: 3655083 posted 10:17 pm on Jun 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

You should try a cloth mousepad. Even if your pointer drifts to the corner of your screen and stops, the computer is probably still receiving input from your mouse which can stop the screen saver or putting monitors to sleep. The longer you use a mouse on a hard surface, the smoother the surface. The smoother the surface, the more light it will reflect. The more light it reflects, the more pronounced this effect will be.

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