The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 April 2007

Runaway mouse!

Well, this is weird. At bootup, the cursor darts upward regardless of mouse position and keeps doing so until the Alt key is pressed. I assumed at first it was a bad mouse, but the same thing happens with both PS/2 and USB meece. Spyware scan (because I'm paranoid) produced nothing, and of course Microsloth has no new drivers for any of these critters. Any suggestions? ("Get a Mac" is already chalked on the board for Future Reference.)

Posted at 5:43 PM to PEBKAC

This used to happen to me too. Never did track it down, but it's more annoying than harmful. I've replaced XP with Vista, and it's gone. Note: This would be THE most trivial reason to upgrade your OS.

Posted by: Alear at 6:53 PM on 11 April 2007

("Get a Mac" is already chalked on the board for Future Reference.)

Nuts. Stole my line. But if you're concerned about the migration from Windows (old dogs, new tricks and all that), you ought to know that Macs run Windows better than ever. They can even run Windows apps and show Windows icons within the Mac environment - without switching between platforms. (Although you can still switch between platforms if you prefer.) Increasingly, Windows systems managers looking to replace aging equipment are considering Macs, which will run Windows with less maintenance on their part.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 7:09 PM on 11 April 2007

In the absence of any other clues, I went back to Monday's restore point, and the mouse cleaned up its act. (Actually, I left the newer mouse, a PS/2 derelict from a Woot box, in place, inasmuch as my trusty Logitech, while it works properly, seems to have suffered some serious underbelly abrasion.)

Posted by: CGHill at 8:05 PM on 11 April 2007

I have seen something like this happen, but only in a limited circumstance, which may or may not be applicable in your case.

If there are both a mouse AND a pen tablet hooked up to the computer, and if the pen should fall on the tablet, the mouse cursor will behave most ... um ... willfully.


Posted by: Mark Alger at 10:29 PM on 11 April 2007

I just rejected a new USB mouse because the pointer wouldn't hold still. I've always had this problem with mice connected to a USB port, which is why I have a USB-to-PS/2 adapter -- but this mouse wouldn't work through the adapter.

It's a shame too. It was a "handshake" had four buttons plus the scroll wheel. I had one of the buttons set up to send a double-click. But if the dang pointer won't stay where I put it, it's next to useless except as an added source of aggravation.

And my aggravation needs are already well supplied, thank you very much.

Posted by: McGehee at 11:13 PM on 11 April 2007