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Old 08-07-2010, 10:21 PM
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Signs that your mouse is wearing out

Well, what are some signs that a mouse is bout had it? Haven't had to replace one since giving up a balled version for laser, probably about 7 years ago.
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Old 08-07-2010, 10:41 PM
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Well, several things;

One, it randomly does not work, or switches between working and non-working, sometimes with cable movement (the usb cable can degrade over time). Also watch for the computer to say "USB mouse connected" (or a variation of), which is another sign of a bad cord.

Another thing to watch for is if it randomly slings the pointer/cursor in a corner or otherwise spazes out...you can try a mousepad, or different surface, but if it still does it, then the laser is getting a bit off...it can get really frustrating, and if you do detail work or game, a mouse that randomly moves the cursor is useless.

The buttons themselves can go bad too, since their are two main ones, the scroll, then the scroll click, at some point, one will go bad. The worst part is they never seem to stop working, but rather work when you don't want them too.

You can check the pads on the bottom, I've had several mice where the pads are worn down, though it's uncommon...most mice really don't get on the road much.

I'd buy a good quality laser-optic mouse and be done with it for many years. Finally got fed up with ours going bad...first a Dell basic mouse, then to a standard Microsoft one(which are actually great mice), then to a labtec, and a ball logitech in there. After all that (wore through those in about a year), finally found a nice "gaming"(read;ergonomic) mouse on sale, it's fantastic. If you treat a mouse right, it'll last a long time.

And yes, ball mice are a thing of the past, I like them a bit, but nothign beats the accuracy and ease of use of a laser mouse (I hate opening everything up to clean a ball mouse).

That's a lot of writing...in laymans terms, if it doesn't work, it'll let you know, up until then, don't worry about it
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Old 08-07-2010, 10:42 PM
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It could be it's dirty where the laser is on the bottom. If you bought it seven years ago it's probably not wireless correct?

I bought a Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse combo last year at Target and love them both. The mouse doesn't have a model number on it but the keyboard says S 510 cordless keyboard.

The mouse is super fast and can move across the screen with just a small movement. It took a little bit to get used to the fast cursor I but can't stand using anything else now. It only takes about 1 1/4" of movement to go across the screen.
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Old 08-07-2010, 10:47 PM
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If you bought it seven years ago it's probably not wireless correct?
Not the OP, but that would be my guess as well, wireless is a recent craze, I had to go out of my way to get a wired one

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The mouse is super fast and can move across the screen with just a small movement. It took a little bit to get used to the fast cursor I but can't stand using anything else now. It only takes about 1 1/4" of movement to go across the screen.
Ah, yes...the DPI (dot per inch), basically resolution, it determines mouse speed. Some modern ones, such as the one I just got (A logitech mx518) has adjustable DPI, and you can switch it on the fly, with some "up" and "down" buttons, and set the values in included software, amazing stuff. You can make it take 1/2 a foot to move across the screen or 1/2 inch. I run it around 800dpi (when playing Team fortress two, at least)...been thinking of bumping it up.

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Best way to tell your mouse is worn out?, you don't hear the wheel turning anymore*

*I apologize in advance.
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Old 08-07-2010, 11:35 PM
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I prefer mice with hard rubber balls. Laser mice are for sissies.

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Old 08-07-2010, 11:38 PM
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if you have to pound it on the mouse pad to get it to work again.


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Old 08-08-2010, 12:00 AM
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If it is simply be wires starting to wear out from strain that is easily fixed. I got a couple of $5 mice several years ago and the one I use most finally had some wires break. It was a pretty quick matter of disassembly, re-stripping, resoldering, reassembly and now it's good for another several years... and it stays out of the landfill awhile longer.
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Old 08-08-2010, 12:04 AM
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really mice are pretty cheap for the most part...if you've got problems,clean and check the basics as already stated in this thread,i'll add making sure any openings or lens's on the bottom of the mouse are CLEAN,a poorly placed bit of fluff or dust can make you think an optical mouse is clearly possessed!...but if none of that fixes it...don't lose any sleep over it,it's time to say your goodbyes and just get a new one...7 years is a pretty good life for a mouse
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Old 08-08-2010, 12:09 AM
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Well, several things;

One, it randomly does not work, or switches between working and non-working, sometimes with cable movement (the usb cable can degrade over time). Also watch for the computer to say "USB mouse connected" (or a variation of), which is another sign of a bad cord.

Another thing to watch for is if it randomly slings the pointer/cursor in a corner or otherwise spazes out...you can try a mousepad, or different surface, but if it still does it, then the laser is getting a bit off...it can get really frustrating, and if you do detail work or game, a mouse that randomly moves the cursor is useless.

The buttons themselves can go bad too, since their are two main ones, the scroll, then the scroll click, at some point, one will go bad. The worst part is they never seem to stop working, but rather work when you don't want them too.

You can check the pads on the bottom, I've had several mice where the pads are worn down, though it's uncommon...most mice really don't get on the road much.

I'd buy a good quality laser-optic mouse and be done with it for many years. Finally got fed up with ours going bad...first a Dell basic mouse, then to a standard Microsoft one(which are actually great mice), then to a labtec, and a ball logitech in there. After all that (wore through those in about a year), finally found a nice "gaming"(read;ergonomic) mouse on sale, it's fantastic. If you treat a mouse right, it'll last a long time.

And yes, ball mice are a thing of the past, I like them a bit, but nothign beats the accuracy and ease of use of a laser mouse (I hate opening everything up to clean a ball mouse).

That's a lot of writing...in laymans terms, if it doesn't work, it'll let you know, up until then, don't worry about it
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Not the OP, but that would be my guess as well, wireless is a recent craze, I had to go out of my way to get a wired one



Ah, yes...the DPI (dot per inch), basically resolution, it determines mouse speed. Some modern ones, such as the one I just got (A logitech mx518) has adjustable DPI, and you can switch it on the fly, with some "up" and "down" buttons, and set the values in included software, amazing stuff. You can make it take 1/2 a foot to move across the screen or 1/2 inch. I run it around 800dpi (when playing Team fortress two, at least)...been thinking of bumping it up.

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Best way to tell your mouse is worn out?, you don't hear the wheel turning anymore*

*I apologize in advance.
I got a Logitech Mouseman (old PS/2 interface) that came with a 1999 Dell, I finally had "random" cursor movement stops that I thought for a while was a software issue, but no it was the cable going after all those years of use. I got about half a dozen more of that model in recent years at Goodwill before they totally dropped computer products, and I've got two of these on different desks, so I'm set for a while more.

The main/only mouse problem I have is the ball and little rollers getting gunk on them and making the cursor not track well. When this happens I clean the ball, rollers AND mousepad, and I'm good to go for a few more months.

I've heard about wireless mice - the problem is they run on batteries, and if you use the computer much the batteries need replacing often.

I use the PS/2 interface mice and keyboards (direct plug-in on desktops, a simple PS/2-to-USB adapter for laptops), as they make an extra USB port available for something else.
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I prefer mice with hard rubber balls. Laser mice are for sissies.

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Me too.

Cue AC/DC, "We've Got Big Balls"

Oh, and I've never seen a mechanical ball mouse move the cursor all the way across the screen.
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Old 08-08-2010, 12:40 AM
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I'm on my fourth mouse since 2001, with heavy daily use. Without fail, there's only been one thing that consistently dies, no matter the brand or type: the left mouse button. I get about 2, 2.5 years use per mouse.
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Old 08-08-2010, 12:48 AM
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I prefer mice with hard rubber balls. Laser mice are for sissies.

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I always found my balls got dirty.

Wait, what...
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Old 08-08-2010, 08:25 AM
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I'm on my fourth mouse since 2001, with heavy daily use. Without fail, there's only been one thing that consistently dies, no matter the brand or type: the left mouse button. I get about 2, 2.5 years use per mouse.
Ditto! After a while, some random period like above, we have to start adding more and more pressure in order to engage the micro switch. We'll find that the drag and drop drops halfway from a to b. Much swearing and gnashing of teeth before remembering that the mouse had mechanical parts that wear out.

Our best dollar investment has always been the basic MS mouse (with the gray balls) but in the last iteration of the quest weren't able to locate one so bought a generic laser mouse that works very well.

We had one of the first Logitech wireless mice and initially I loved the thing (this is before bluetooth) but the constant batteries and inaccuracy and slight sluggishness in QuakeII (gibbed so many times, let me count the ways) that when it went to dead mouse heaven we converted to generics. That Logitech was a over a hundred dollars. Not the best Christmas present I ever asked for...
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Old 08-08-2010, 08:32 AM
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I paid about $50 for my wireless Logitech keyboard and mouse. Best investment I've ever made. The batteries in both have lasted me over a year. I think they have come a long way since they first came out. I haven't had any hiccups with mine.
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Old 08-08-2010, 08:42 AM
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1. Does it have gray hairs?
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4. Does it just lay around all day not wanting to tease the cat?
5. Does Minnie get him aroused?
6. Does Mickey get her aroused?

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I bought a $10 logitech optical mouse at least 5 years ago, and it's still going strong...lasted longer than even the Apple mouse that came with the computer (never liked it, and the scroll wheel kept not working), the only problem I have with it is that it sometimes double clicks when I single click

If you hold it up to the light you can see the divots where my fingers have been
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