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Anyone having problems with their optical mouse?

post #1 of 18
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I got this new optical mouse and a new mouse pad with it and they don't seem to work properly. Whenever i use the mouse on this pad it either does not register the movement or it freaks out and flies across the screen. Then when i use it without the pad it works fine. I think it's the pattern on the mouse pad, it could be dispersing the laser in unusual directions.
post #2 of 18
Hmm... that's odd. If it were a laser mouse, I could see how it could have trouble with the mousepad, but all mousepads should work with optical mice. The only suggestion I have is to see if there's any new firmware for your mouse.
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by threEchelon View Post
Hmm... that's odd. If it were a laser mouse, I could see how it could have trouble with the mousepad, but all mousepads should work with optical mice. The only suggestion I have is to see if there's any new firmware for your mouse.
Yea i dont really know why it works fine without a mouse pad.
post #4 of 18
Uh, what kind of mousepad is it?
post #5 of 18
that is strange. what model of mouse is it? and is the mousepad's surface smooth?
post #6 of 18
Lasers do nothing by the way. They are just a gimmick.
post #7 of 18
I think it has to do more with the color of the mousepad than anything else. I remember using my logitech MX500 with a magazine as pad once, while it worked fine at the beginning it did manifest the symptoms mentioned when used on a certain area of the magazine that has a ceratin color. I didn't bother to find out which color it was and it was a long time ago. It could have also been the fast transition between different colors while sliding the mouse. Something to do with the reflection maybe?
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
The mouse is a GE HO97986 and its a Fellowes Pad



I couldn't really get a good picture of the texture but its a very small cross pattern.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by threEchelon View Post
Hmm... that's odd. If it were a laser mouse, I could see how it could have trouble with the mousepad, but all mousepads should work with optical mice. The only suggestion I have is to see if there's any new firmware for your mouse.
One major selling point of laser tracking technology in mice is that laser works with a lot more surfaces than optical.. You got it backwards
post #10 of 18
You're talking about errastic cursor movement, rihgt? What they called "cursor jumping"

It either flies out to the corner of the screen, or moves a little by little by itself.

That is quite common problem with low end optical mouse. they must have used cheap material, and I think that is why.

My MS blue mouse acted like it, while my wife's blue mouse didn't. I exchanged the mouse with the same thing, and the problem disappeared.
I recomend you exchange your mouse if you still able to do that, or buy another mouse.
post #11 of 18
Laser is a lot higher resolution, I can't imagine it would have any problems, but optical doesn't work well on certain textured surfaces (the old Dell mousepads are notoriously bad) because of the way they reflect light.
post #12 of 18
Make sure there isn't like anything in the optical beam's way. I used to get hair and stuff in there back when we had a dog, and it would mess up the cursor.
post #13 of 18
i use a cisco systems gift silicon pad, never had a problem, if it causes you problems, return it to the store, get a logitech, a razer or a microsoft mouse,
post #14 of 18
The mouse pad you got there is good one. I tried that before, and had no problem with the pad.
As i told you before, that is mostly likely to be a mouse error. Cheap mouse often acts like that. Get the return or buy another mouse.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by Mrvile View Post
Make sure there isn't like anything in the optical beam's way. I used to get hair and stuff in there back when we had a dog, and it would mess up the cursor.
That's the first thing I would look for. That's almost always the problem.
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