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Old Apr 16, 2011, 11:58 AM   #1
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Hi,
I have just been doing some serious editing in photoshop and my optical mouse has been driving me nuts.
The cursor was darting off in all directions which made placing a lasso tightly around my subject very frustrating.
I have had it for some while now, so the question is
1. Can you clean an optical mouse?
2. What in your experience is the best type of mouse for accurate movement?
3. Is a wireless one likely to be better?
Thanks for any input.
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I have had the same trouble in the past and here are two things that may help. First of all; does your mousepad have any graphics on it? If so, get one with a flat, neutral, one color design. I think the beam reads the contrast of the graphics and causes it to jump. Next, go into your mouse control preferences and slow down the mouse for a smoother action. You will quickly get used to the slower mouse for your other computing and you can get more accurate selections this way.
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Old Apr 16, 2011, 2:06 PM   #3
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Um, what do you mean by an optical mouse? Aren't they all?
The red light on their tummies? Wireless or wired doesn't seem to matter.
This sounds like a software problem. I know mine has its share of hissy fits. From 'jumping' to odd spots on the monitor suddenly...to what it is doing now...reverting to original default settings rather than mine.
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I forgot about those.
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Thanks I will slow it down and my mouse pad is a Dell pad with a faint Dell logo on it.
By optical I meant not a ball type
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I am adding to my earlier post. I use an Allsop gaming mousepad (I am not a gamer but I do a lot of imaging). It is of metal construction, the bottom side is rubberized for grip to desk, the top side is flat black with no graphics. This eliminated my problem when I used a cheap freebee mousepad with graphics.
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G'day DS

Suggestion ... look at your Windows settings first ...
ie: control panel > hardware > devices > mouse > go thru various options

There may be something that has gone out of kilter, it will also give you the chance to reload the mouse driver [just in case that has gone off to feed elsewhere]

Hope this helps
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If it's a logitech mouse, it may be ready for the bone yard. After a google search I discovered logitech mice will sometimes develope this problem. I tossed mine and bought a new yes...logitech nano wireless, and so far, so good!
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Old Apr 17, 2011, 4:46 AM   #9
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I have slowed my mouse down and I'm now using a plain pad. I've now checked it all out and it was up to date and "working properly" according to Control Panel options. It's only got "Dell made in China" on it but if it still plays up it's going in the bin.
As a matter of interest a neighbour of mine has just bought his first PC a laptop, with a finger pad type, no mouse. What a nightmare, it was darting all over the place,I had a go but wasn't impressed, so he has just bought a wireless mouse, much better. As it is his first PC I imagine it really needed more practice to get used to it, .
Thanks again for the replies and advice.

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I have had similar problems with mice - both optical and the ball type- on desktop systems and laptops - mouse or touchpad. Looking at Task Manager, I have noticed the cursor jumps seem to coincide with spikes in processor use. Changing the priority of the mouse driver process to a higher level has eliminated problems with my desktop unit. Haven't tried with the laptop, as I don't do much editing on it.

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