Mouse Skips SOLVED


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BeeJ

I noticed that the mouse skips only on the right side of the mousepad.

But it is not the mousepad!

It is the line of sight from the mouse to the mouse USB receiver at the
PC and that is exacerbated by the mouse low battery.

Remember it is a MS 5000 deskset wirelss mouse.

I need a mouse and keyboard that works some distance from the PC.
This 5000 has been OK but not like I relaly want it.
No lighted keyboard.

The MS Multimedia KBD has problems too so I gave up on it and went to
the 5000.
 
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R. C. White

Hi, BeeJ.

Congratulations on solving the mystery! And thanks for the feedback here.
;<)

I've used several versions of wireless desktop sets over the years. An
earlier version used a corded transceiver that had to sit on a bookcase
shelf about 5 feet from my desk. My current set (Microsoft Wireless Laser
Desktop 6000, v. 3.0) uses a 2.4 GHz transceiver that looks like a small USB
thumb drive and plugs into a USB 2.0 port. It does not require line of
sight, but placement can still get tricky.

When the transceiver is plugged into a USB port on the back of the computer,
my keyboard sometimes skips - or suffers narcolepsy. Goes to sleep right in
the middle of my typing a word! :>( I solved that by moving the plug to a
4-port hub that I could put on my desk - but that's clumsy and unsightly and
just not much fun. Now, a short (12") USB cable runs from the mainboard
port on the back of the computer case up to lie on top of the case. With
the transceiver plugged in there I seldom have problems with either the
keyboard or mouse reception.

It takes some juggling to get it all working together sometimes. But it's
better than fighting cords. ;<)

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP (2002-2010)
Windows Live Mail 2011 (Build 15.4.3538.0513) in Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1


"BeeJ" wrote in message
I noticed that the mouse skips only on the right side of the mousepad.

But it is not the mousepad!

It is the line of sight from the mouse to the mouse USB receiver at the
PC and that is exacerbated by the mouse low battery.

Remember it is a MS 5000 deskset wirelss mouse.

I need a mouse and keyboard that works some distance from the PC.
This 5000 has been OK but not like I relaly want it.
No lighted keyboard.

The MS Multimedia KBD has problems too so I gave up on it and went to
the 5000.
 
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Ken Blake

Hi, BeeJ.

Congratulations on solving the mystery! And thanks for the feedback here.
;<)

I've used several versions of wireless desktop sets over the years. An
earlier version used a corded transceiver that had to sit on a bookcase
shelf about 5 feet from my desk. My current set (Microsoft Wireless Laser
Desktop 6000, v. 3.0) uses a 2.4 GHz transceiver that looks like a small USB
thumb drive and plugs into a USB 2.0 port. It does not require line of
sight, but placement can still get tricky.

When the transceiver is plugged into a USB port on the back of the computer,
my keyboard sometimes skips - or suffers narcolepsy. Goes to sleep right in
the middle of my typing a word! :>( I solved that by moving the plug to a
4-port hub that I could put on my desk - but that's clumsy and unsightly and
just not much fun. Now, a short (12") USB cable runs from the mainboard
port on the back of the computer case up to lie on top of the case. With
the transceiver plugged in there I seldom have problems with either the
keyboard or mouse reception.

It takes some juggling to get it all working together sometimes. But it's
better than fighting cords. ;<)

I've asked this question of others before, but I'll ask you now, since
I greatly respect your opinion (except about Windows Live Mail <vbg>):

What do you see as the advantage of a wireless keyboards and a
wireless mouse? Both of mine are wired. The keyboard sits unmoved in a
single place and I certainly don't fight the cord--I don't even see
it. I can see the mouse cord, but when I move the mouse, the cord
moves without a problem over the very small distance it needs to.

I know many people prefer either or both to be wireless, but
personally I've never seen any advantage to it. If I'm missing
something, please straighten me out.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

I've asked this question of others before, but I'll ask you now, since
I greatly respect your opinion (except about Windows Live Mail <vbg>):

What do you see as the advantage of a wireless keyboards and a
wireless mouse? Both of mine are wired. The keyboard sits unmoved in a
single place and I certainly don't fight the cord--I don't even see
it. I can see the mouse cord, but when I move the mouse, the cord
moves without a problem over the very small distance it needs to.

I know many people prefer either or both to be wireless, but
personally I've never seen any advantage to it. If I'm missing
something, please straighten me out.
I'll toss in my two-cents worth, though I wasn't invited to the party
:)

Unless the mouse cord is *very* flexible, I find that a corded mouse
will move when I let go of it. That often doesn't matter, but when it
does, I am annoyed.

I also use a cordless keyboard. For that I have no excuse. Even worse,
the KB and mouse are of different brands, so I have two dongles plugged
in. There is a reason for that: I don't like Microsoft mouses and I
don't like Logitech keyboards. This is where I run out of reasons...
 
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Antares 531

I've asked this question of others before, but I'll ask you now, since
I greatly respect your opinion (except about Windows Live Mail <vbg>):

What do you see as the advantage of a wireless keyboards and a
wireless mouse? Both of mine are wired. The keyboard sits unmoved in a
single place and I certainly don't fight the cord--I don't even see
it. I can see the mouse cord, but when I move the mouse, the cord
moves without a problem over the very small distance it needs to.
I've often pondered this question and the only reason I can think of
for using a wireless keyboard and mouse is that they are easier to
move out of the way when it comes time to vacuum up the dust and
crunchies crumbs that invariably get spread around my desktop. Gordon
 
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Ken Blake

I'll toss in my two-cents worth, though I wasn't invited to the party
:)

Sure, consider yourself invited.

Unless the mouse cord is *very* flexible, I find that a corded mouse
will move when I let go of it.

Mine is not particularly flexible, and it doesn't move at all. Neither
does my wife's. And neither does any other mouse I've ever used on
other people's computer, internet cafes, etc.

That often doesn't matter, but when it
does, I am annoyed.

I also use a cordless keyboard. For that I have no excuse. Even worse,
the KB and mouse are of different brands, so I have two dongles plugged
in. There is a reason for that: I don't like Microsoft mouses

"Mouses"? You say "mouses"? <vbg>

I'm very happy with my Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer.

and I
don't like Logitech keyboards. This is where I run out of reasons...

I don't know Logitech keyboards at all. I use a Microsoft Digital
Media Professional keyboard, and I like it a lot, although I don't use
all its features.
 
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charlie

Sure, consider yourself invited.




Mine is not particularly flexible, and it doesn't move at all. Neither
does my wife's. And neither does any other mouse I've ever used on
other people's computer, internet cafes, etc.




"Mouses"? You say "mouses"?<vbg>

I'm very happy with my Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer.




I don't know Logitech keyboards at all. I use a Microsoft Digital
Media Professional keyboard, and I like it a lot, although I don't use
all its features.
I use a Logitech illuminated keyboard (USB wired) and a wireless 2.4G
trackball. Another P/C next to this one has a Microsoft "gaming"
keyboard, and also uses a trackball.

Why a trackball?
More or less stays in one place, doesn't need a pad, and, I've used them
off and on since the minicomputer days in the 70's.

Heck, back then, HP had trackballs integrated into a few of the "smart"
8080/Z80 based terminals that were part of their high end "technical"
minicomputer based systems. The terminals even had raster and vector
graphics functions as options.
 
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Char Jackson

Mine is not particularly flexible, and it doesn't move at all. Neither
does my wife's. And neither does any other mouse I've ever used on
other people's computer, internet cafes, etc.
Same here. I've always used corded mice, (various brands and models),
and don't remember seeing the pointer move when I release the mouse.
 
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SC Tom

Ken Blake said:
I've asked this question of others before, but I'll ask you now, since
I greatly respect your opinion (except about Windows Live Mail <vbg>):

What do you see as the advantage of a wireless keyboards and a
wireless mouse? Both of mine are wired. The keyboard sits unmoved in a
single place and I certainly don't fight the cord--I don't even see
it. I can see the mouse cord, but when I move the mouse, the cord
moves without a problem over the very small distance it needs to.

I know many people prefer either or both to be wireless, but
personally I've never seen any advantage to it. If I'm missing
something, please straighten me out.
I'm with you on the keyboard- I use a USB MS Sidewinder x4. It fits right on the side rails of the center drawer of my
writing desk that I've "converted" to my computer center. Unfortunately, that leaves the mouse uncomfortably far away
and above the keyboard, so I fashioned a small table/ledge from a clipboard that hangs on the front of the top
right-side drawer. That puts the mouse pad on the same level as the keyboard, but about two inches below the top of the
desk. Using a corded mouse makes it move on its own (as Gene described) since the cord is looped from the back of the
mouse to either side of the drawer, back to the back of the PC. I was never able to get a loop or bend that was just
right to keep from either moving the cursor on its own, or making it uncomfortable to position accurately. I have a MS
Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 which fits my hand very well and is nice to use. It has the remote hockey-puck dongle
that sits on the desktop, under the edge of my monitor, out of the way.

I have nothing against corded mice; some of my best friends use them ;-) I used one at work since I had a real
desk/workstation. If I ever get one (a real desk) here at home, I will probably get another wired one when my 6000 bites
the dust.
 
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Ken Blake

I use a Logitech illuminated keyboard (USB wired) and a wireless 2.4G
trackball. Another P/C next to this one has a Microsoft "gaming"
keyboard, and also uses a trackball.

Why a trackball?
More or less stays in one place, doesn't need a pad, and, I've used them
off and on since the minicomputer days in the 70's.

Each to his own, of course. I'm not trying to persuade you or anyone
else to use what I do, but personally, trackballs drive me crazy. I
hate them.

But since the trackball stays in one place, why do you use a wireless
one? What's the advantage of its being wireless?
 
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XS11E

Ken Blake said:
I've asked this question of others before, but I'll ask you now,
since I greatly respect your opinion (except about Windows Live
Mail <vbg>):

What do you see as the advantage of a wireless keyboards and a
wireless mouse?
Just had to chime in here, a friend found only wireless mice would work
more than a couple of days on his computer, his cat watched the mouse
cord move and, when he was away from the computer would chew through
it!

I use wireless so I can recline with the kb in my lap when my back is
bothering me and..... the manufacturer of my PC decided that PS2 ports
were obsolete and didn't give me any, they also decided the number of
USB ports would be less than my USB devices so using a wireless mouse
and kbd requires one USB port rather than two.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Just had to chime in here, a friend found only wireless mice would work
more than a couple of days on his computer, his cat watched the mouse
cord move and, when he was away from the computer would chew through
it!
Totally appropriate.

That would be a great reason for me, in the face of the posters who
disagree with me about corded mice. I'll have to get a cat, yes?
 
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Ken Blake

Just had to chime in here, a friend found only wireless mice would work
more than a couple of days on his computer, his cat watched the mouse
cord move and, when he was away from the computer would chew through
it!

LOL! Not being a cat lover myself, I would have a very different
solution to that problem. ;-)


I use wireless so I can recline with the kb in my lap when my back is
bothering me and.....

Yes, I've heard that reason before. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I think it
applies to a very small percentage of wireless keyboard users.
 
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Char Jackson

Totally appropriate.

That would be a great reason for me, in the face of the posters who
disagree with me about corded mice. I'll have to get a cat, yes?
Here's another perspective. I would never have a cat, but if the
planets aligned and I somehow found myself with a cat, and the cat
chewed the mouse cord even once, the cat would be gone. No drama, no
second chances, just gone. :)
 
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R. C. White

Hi, Ken.

Looks like this topic generated a lot more interest than I expected. And
the comments bring clearly to mind the old phrase about different strokes.
:<}

I’m not sure that I can quantify my reasons for liking the cordless desktop.
At least, not in a way that would make sense to anybody else. But the fewer
cords I have to deal with, the better I like it. Don't have to worry how to
snake them around the desk and other furniture, and track down which is
which when something goes wrong...with me under the desk...in the dark.
Heck, since I finally bought a router last year, even my new printer is
wireless! And, of course, my netbook is wireless, too.

Since you don't fuss (anymore) about my using WLM, I'll not try to sell you
on a wireless mouse. OK? ;<)

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP (2002-2010)
Windows Live Mail 2011 (Build 15.4.3538.0513) in Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1


"Ken Blake" wrote in message

Hi, BeeJ.

Congratulations on solving the mystery! And thanks for the feedback here.
;<)

I've used several versions of wireless desktop sets over the years. An
earlier version used a corded transceiver that had to sit on a bookcase
shelf about 5 feet from my desk. My current set (Microsoft Wireless Laser
Desktop 6000, v. 3.0) uses a 2.4 GHz transceiver that looks like a small
USB
thumb drive and plugs into a USB 2.0 port. It does not require line of
sight, but placement can still get tricky.

When the transceiver is plugged into a USB port on the back of the
computer,
my keyboard sometimes skips - or suffers narcolepsy. Goes to sleep right
in
the middle of my typing a word! :>( I solved that by moving the plug to
a
4-port hub that I could put on my desk - but that's clumsy and unsightly
and
just not much fun. Now, a short (12") USB cable runs from the mainboard
port on the back of the computer case up to lie on top of the case. With
the transceiver plugged in there I seldom have problems with either the
keyboard or mouse reception.

It takes some juggling to get it all working together sometimes. But it's
better than fighting cords. ;<)

I've asked this question of others before, but I'll ask you now, since
I greatly respect your opinion (except about Windows Live Mail <vbg>):

What do you see as the advantage of a wireless keyboards and a
wireless mouse? Both of mine are wired. The keyboard sits unmoved in a
single place and I certainly don't fight the cord--I don't even see
it. I can see the mouse cord, but when I move the mouse, the cord
moves without a problem over the very small distance it needs to.

I know many people prefer either or both to be wireless, but
personally I've never seen any advantage to it. If I'm missing
something, please straighten me out.
 
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XS11E

Gene E. Bloch said:
Totally appropriate.

That would be a great reason for me, in the face of the posters
who disagree with me about corded mice. I'll have to get a cat,
yes?
My friend is a cat lover married to a cat lover, they could probably
spare you one or seventy..... <G>

I'm allergic to cats and don't much like 'em.
 
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Rob

I've asked this question of others before, but I'll ask you now, since
I greatly respect your opinion (except about Windows Live Mail <vbg>):

What do you see as the advantage of a wireless keyboards and a
wireless mouse? Both of mine are wired. The keyboard sits unmoved in a
single place and I certainly don't fight the cord--I don't even see
it. I can see the mouse cord, but when I move the mouse, the cord
moves without a problem over the very small distance it needs to.

I know many people prefer either or both to be wireless, but
personally I've never seen any advantage to it. If I'm missing
something, please straighten me out.
I often use a PC while in bed so have wireless keyboard and mouse as
I prefer to not be strangled in my sleep by the cords if I doze off! :eek:)

I must say I had to go though several different makes/models though before
I found:
1) a wireless keyboard that reliably works over more then 6 feet.
(eventually, a no-name cheapo chinese keyboard - most big names=fail)
2) a wireless mouse that reliably works on bedsheets and at over 6 feet.
(Bluetooth Microsoft 8000)
Most wireless stuff out there only works on a desk, for which I use wired anyway.
 
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Ken Blake

Hi, Ken.

Looks like this topic generated a lot more interest than I expected. And
the comments bring clearly to mind the old phrase about different strokes.
:<}

Of course. I agree with that old phrase and wasn't trying to talk
anyone into anything. But I wanted to know your reasons because they
might have made me want to reevaluate my own choices.


I?m not sure that I can quantify my reasons for liking the cordless desktop.
At least, not in a way that would make sense to anybody else. But the fewer
cords I have to deal with, the better I like it. Don't have to worry how to
snake them around the desk and other furniture, and track down which is
which when something goes wrong...with me under the desk...in the dark.
Heck, since I finally bought a router last year, even my new printer is
wireless! And, of course, my netbook is wireless, too.

OK, thanks.

Since you don't fuss (anymore) about my using WLM, I'll not try to sell you
on a wireless mouse. OK? ;<)


LOL. OK.
 
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Ken Blake

On 17/10/2011 22:00, Ken Blake wrote:

I often use a PC while in bed so have wireless keyboard and mouse as
I prefer to not be strangled in my sleep by the cords if I doze off! :eek:)

OK, understood. That makes sense, but it's a special case that doesn't
apply to most people (not to me, anyway).
 
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