I'm curious, because suddenly I've been experiencing erratic mouse behavior...I'll be scrolling down a webpage using the scrollbar and the pointer will suddenly jump to the center or far left of the page; sometimes as I move the pointer across a page a right-click menu will pop up, or random text will be highlighted, or even more aggrivating, the browser window will close.
I'm sure this isn't a security/hacker issue. I'm on dial-up, there's never any data-transfer activity going on at the time this happens (not sure if that applies), and it's all very erratic and random-type behavior. It's not like someone is manipulating things behind the curtain.
I use the original two-button mouse that came with the 3 year-old Compaq machine. Does this sound like simple mouse failure?
Thanks jt, I'll do that later today when I can get hold of a second mouse.
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They're all identical to this, save the actual ads gifs themselves. I have the service.bfast.com addressed blocked in my HOST file. It's puzzling because I get these things randomly. I get them here or at other places I surf. Only reason I mention it is because it started happening about the same time as the mouse thing...
Just an update: I experienced a hailstorm of uncontrolled mouse activity just now while visiting my Yahoo mailbox...the pointer started going nuts, right-click menus started popping up, things were getting clicked that I had no control over, all at lightning speed.
I've seen this problem mentioned before at other boards. Known Windows issue?
Hey tig, Strange mouse behaviour often signals a conflict between the mouse driver and the display driver. To investigate this possibility, right-click My Computer, click Properties, and select the Performance tab. Then click the Graphics button and slide the Hardware acceleration pointer one notch to the left. If your mouse suddenly works fine, it means you have a driver conflict. BJ
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Have you cleaned your mouse?? Taken out the ball, looked at the rollers, (and in my case) scrapped the pizza sauce--orange juice--dog hair--cigarette butts--and anti-freeze out of the little mouse's nasty body???
A mouse lives a tough life and needs to be pampered.....
I clean mine periodically. I remove the screw holding the two halves together, for easier access. Then you will find three rollers. Two slim and longer ones, probably made of black plastic, and a narrow fat roller usually silver in color. Be careful cleaning these as they can pop out. The longs ones are easy to reseat, however the silver one can be tricky to get back into postion.
I use plain old windex to clean the goo from the rollers, and the same to give the mouse ball a good bath. Don't use any harsh or strong cleaners, as this will wreak havoc with most mouse balls.
If you still get erratic behavior after this, then the answer is probly elsewhere, as this will usually at least rejuvenate the mouse for a few more months.
Try a Optical Mouse from Logitech or Microsoft. Both can be had now for under 20 bucks. I just bought a Microsoft Two button Optical Wheel Mouse from Best Buy in Southcenter Washington for under 20 bucks. It can be used in ps/2 mode or usb mode. Also make sure your running the latest driver which is 3.2 off microsofts website (under devices).
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