I am having a problem with my mouse jumping all over the screen.
At times it will freeze then catch up which makes it over run the area I am trying to land on. I have a new logitech cordless. It replaced a Dell mouse that was doing the same thing. The computer is just over 3 years old. The Dell mouse just started acting up so I replaced it but to no avail.
Since writing this post rlbeswic may have helped people, but has not within the last 4 days. rlbeswic is a verified member, has been around for 6 years, 7 months and has 1 posts and 13 replies to their name.
Post Tags (11)
Well first off, check the mouse optical sensor. If you have a hair or something in it, it will act weird.
Second, check the surface. Try using it on a flat clean sheet of printer paper.
Third, take the mouse to another machine and try it. If it works fine on the other machine, that’ll tell you that the mouse is fine and your machine is having issues.
Good sugestions, however, I replaced my Dell mouse because it was doing the same thing. I thought it was bad but I guess it was not.
Thanks Adam9154, I wish I would have thought of that one.
Yes, you are correct.
need new battery?
Thanks but I did try that
Normally that is a good idea. The fact is I turn the computer off every night. Thanks for a good suggestion though.
It doesn’t sound like your mouse is at fault. From what you described, it sounds like a memory issue with your computer. The computer could be cycling some task over and over, which could be why it takes awhile for your mouse cursor to catch up. It could even be the result of a virus. Something is taking your computer’s attention away from your input.
Thank you. That is the best answer so far. Any suggestions as to what I should do to find and or correct the problem?
My mouse is super sensitive and seems to do things on its own. What do I do?
Most of us have come to rely very heavily on our mouse - even those of us such as myself who are still mostly keyboard users. And when it starts to act up, it can be a very serious issue and an annoying one.
Let’s look at a few things.
The most immediate and obvious thing that comes to mind is the hardware itself:
*Clean the mouse. Dirt can easily cause the mouse to misbehave. And optical mice are not immune; I find myself needing to clean mine every few weeks.
*Check for interference. This applies to wireless mice. It’s possible that radio interference could cause some confusion. The thing to look for is a short, clear path between the mouse and its receiver and no powerful electronic devices between.
*Replace the batteries. The number one cause for this behavior in wireless mice is dying batteries. Replace them and see what happens.
*Check the cable. For cabled mice, a quick test is to wiggle the cable where it joins the mouse and back at the connector, and if that causes activity then the cable is probably bad. Also check for any crimps in the wire that may have also damaged it.
*Update your BIOS. If the erratic behavior starts after installing or upgrading to Windows 2000 or Windows XP, then check this article from Microsoft Support: Mouse Jumps or Behaves Erratically After Installing Windows 2000 or Windows XP. The problem might be your computer.
If you have a chance, swap your mouse with another. I have a small graveyard of old mice that I hang onto for just this purpose. They all work, they’re just old and dirty, but they come in very handy to determine if a problem I’m seeing is my current mouse or something else.
It is worth checking your settings as well. Unfortunately exactly how will vary dramatically depending on the manufacturer. In Control Panel should be an item labeled Mouse or similar. Items to look for are things like “sensitivity” or “pointer speed”. Review the button assignments to make sure that they’re correct.
Mouse move options like “snap to” will cause the mouse to move to specific points under certain conditions. These options can easily confuse if you’re not prepared for them, so make sure they’re what you want or turn them off.
But to be totally honest, the type of wild behavior described is more often than not your mouse’s death knell.
~ L0U1G1 UK
i hope my theory’s help you guys :D
I have tried everything you mentioned except making sure there is a direct line from the mouse to the receiver. My receiver plugs in a USB post which I have in the rear of tower. I am going to try plugging it into the fromt port. My mouse does not act up everytime I use it so I won’t know for a while if this helps. Thanks a lot for your input.
no problem buddy, you should be ok hopefully, it worked for me
Thanks. So far it seems ok but, sometimes I may go a day or two without a problem. Time will tell I guess.
hmmm, if your still getting problems by the end of the week ill do a little research ok
I tried moving the pick-up unit from a rear USB port to one in the front. I thought that did the trick but yesterday the cursor started jumping all over the place again. Thanks a lot for your in-put.
right i used a bit of common sense here, if you can possibly uninstall the mouse in the port you originally used it on and leave it out until i say , then reboot your pc (restart). then plug it back into the original port first used and it will detect it, install it, give it another reboot and hopefully it will do the trick.
another thing came to mind is that i checked on the net for virus info that affect the mouse’s operations, if you run a virus scan (if you have protection)it will pick up the virus and obviously delete it, this just came to mind but i doubt that it will be necessary, but to be on the safe side i recommend if you have some free time do so ok :D just reply back.
I have Norton Virus Scan which I run once a week. It has detected no virus so far. I tired the uni8nstall and reinstall before also.
ok, right this might sound funny ok and make you laugh and it might be stupid me asking. Do you use a mouse mat?
I do use a mouse pad, but only because I have it on a clip board that I hold in my lap while playing games on the computer. However, I have tries not using one, just using it on the wood desk top and also using it on a white sheet of paper. It does not seem to mater. Thanks again for your input.
well ill keep looking around on the internet for you , are you using a laser mouse or a ball mouse ? , the laser (i have) gave me trouble until i cleaned the laser with a soft cloth, but if your using a ball mouse you need to clean the rollers thats what happened to me when i first had a pc and couldn’t stand it anymore, it always used to jump around.
I have a lazer mouse. It is brand new but I will try cleaning it more often. What I find strange is that I can go several days or maybe even a week without a problem then all of a sudden it goes out of control to the extent that I am completly unable to do any fine work where the cursor has to be exact, like playing a game for instance.
thats wierd, maybe give microsoft a ring or some computer guys that are local to you they might be able to help even more :D
My who son lives in Florida is very good with computers. I am going to go on line and invite him into my computer so he can take a look at it himself. He also thinks that there is something running in the background that, when running, takes the power, so to speak, from the mouse causing the cursor to have to catch up every so often. Thanks again for all of your input.
no problem i cant think of anything eles but i hope most of my info helped :]
If your mouse is plugged into a ps2 port, try a usb port.
PS2 drivers are “problematic” and have no fix.
it’s way to complicated to explain on this post.
USB might fix your problem.
My Laptop Name is ToSHIBA somthig another problem my Mouse so plz Help me I think this ball is soldaring problem
This should be a known issue. i have an ir mouse with a smilar problem and have tried all the suggested solutions and some of my own. I hope the only solution is not to get a new computer.
This problem is not due to the mouse. The same mouse may work perfect on another machine….like my MS blue tooth mouse did. Now I’ve moved it to my new i7 Extreme 980X with 12GB RAM and 6 TB of Disk on 4 disks with 2 RAID 0 arrays….with a fresh Win 7 64 bit install (just like my last machine). Only now when video is playing the mouse is jumpy???? I’m still investigating, but it’s definately not the batteries, the mouse pad, hairs etc. This is a software/hardware incompatibility of some sort.
Thz. My mouse was coo coo 4 a cleaning up.Dust was rapped around all three of the rollers.
It works perfect now. I should have known better. I had started looking for spyware.lol.
An erratic mouse i.e. jumping all around the screen may very well be caused by some device connected to comm port 1. The serial data stream from that device is being treated as mouse movement data and the pc is processing it as a mouse. I am just now troubleshooting this problem on a PC in our production area with the same problem. I find that by unplugging the comm port device ( 9 pin serial port ) the jumping around problem goes away but the port still will not function properly until I delete the offending comm port ( say COM 1) from within the device manager, Reboot and the system will find the port and reinstall it, and only then plug the device into the Comm port again. Also there is a section of the boot.ini that you can add a line (a switch) to the code that tells the bootup to disregard detection of unsupported devices. Look up “/fastdetect” usage in boot.ini for proper usage.
I read about putting the mouse on a tablet of paper. It worked! I had it on a pad, and I guess the material wasn’t helping. Thanks
My mouse is jumping all over the page and i don,t no how to stop it.
Are you using a mouse pad? An optical mouse doesn’t like any kind glass surface. It’s also touchy about some white or light-colored counter tops. My cursor was running around like crazy, until I set it on a dark-colored surface.
Invite Others to Help
A logged in and verified Help.com member has the ability to setup a Friends List and invite others to help with posts.