Hi, i have been having ongoing trouble with various mouses with my computer lately and i am running out of ideas on what to do about it?
Ok what happens is the mouse pointer freezes for a few seconds on a regular basis. It is exceedingly annoying!
It all started about 2 months ago when my fairly new expensive gaming mouse started playing switch off - every so often the red light goes out as if it is not plugged in, then i have to unplug and replug for it to work again. It seemed to happen exactly when i would move the cord of the mouse, so i assumed the cord must have internal damage so i got a different mouse and all was well for a short time.
The new mouse started this new problem of pointer freeze every so often. So i replaced that mouse and all was well again for about 2 weeks when the second new mouse started doing pointer freeze as well! It starts off not so bad and gets progressively more and more intense until the mouse is basically unusable. Also changing USB ports temporarily seems to alleviate the problem as well.
The USB ports in the roof of the computer (dust catchers facing upwards!) have always seemed dodgy because the portable HDD could never function properly when connected there. I had all the mouse connected there due to shortness of cord but got a cord extender and tried using the rear USB but problem again returned. It may be possible dodgy USB on roof damaged all the mouse somehow?
The pointer freeze most often happens after the pointer has been still for a few seconds, but when it starts getting really bad, it happens all the time regardless.
What else i did when this third mouse started pointer freezing was to change the mouse pad. That actually fixed the problem for a few days but then the pointer freeze issue promptly returned again!
Also i did virus scan and i checked bios options to make sure USB options were on, tried plugging in different USB ports etc etc, , nothing worked.
This morning i tried using the computer and pointer freeze was severe, then when i gave up and turned the computer off i noticed the red light of the mouse flashing very fast like a strobe light!! so i unplugged it.
My computer is running windows Vista 64 bit and is otherwise fine with one exception - since brand new, it cannot complete a defragmentation process. If i try to defragment the HDD it will run the process for days and days and will never finish, eventually i have to cancel the defragmentation. In order to defragment this HDD, i have to remove the HDD and defrag it in my older xp computer, and that works fine.
Going by all the above information, it is very difficult to pinpoint the problem? Can you help?
What i am thinking to do next is to disconnect the USB ports in the roof of the computer. Then I will probably go and by a couple more different brands of mouse, a new mouse pad and see how i go?
If that doesn't work then i will try a little axe therapy on the computer before going and buying a new one!
This specific mouse issue aside, years ago, i used to have an old Amiga computer, and i had that computer for probably five years with the original old ball mouse it came with and that mouse was still going strong when i finally boxed the Amiga and took on my first IBM system. From that day on, no matter where i am or what computer i use (even work computers), mouses of all shapes and types must never be reliable for an extended period of time, that seems to be the law of the universe.