Jumping Cursor

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  1. Dr.Gargoyle macrumors 65816

    Dr.Gargoyle

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    I have this strange problem with my cursor. It seem to "jump" from one place to another. I've had this problem in Panther too. It seems to happen when I do a mouse-over on the buttons red-orange-green buttons.
    I have tried clean installs several times, but I can't get rid of this phenomenon. Is this a function that I am unaware of, or is it problem with the program?
     
  2. paulypants macrumors 6502a

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    Are you mousing with an optical mouse on a reflective or shiny surface? Are you using a mousepad?
     
  3. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Heh heh - that was my exact thought as well - are you using an optical mouse with a reflective surface? If so, there's your problem! :cool:
     
  4. snickelfritz macrumors 65816

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    I have a defective Logitech Mx500 mouse that does weird stuff like this, especially when you lift the mouse. Does it in both WinXP and OSX; it's a hardware problem in my case. Replacing the mouse fixed it.
     
  5. Dr.Gargoyle thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Optical mouse... and yes I am using a mousepad.... But I dont know if I would call it reflective...LOL, but I will try to change it and see if it helps... ( a bit embarrasing to be honest....lol) :eek:
     
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    I have two mouses (mices....???) Apples optical mouse and Apples BT mouse Both behave in the same irradic manner.
    I have a mouse pad that I bought at the Guggenheim, NY. I will try and change the mousepad and see if it helps.
    It will be damn embarrasing if it does the trick.
    Happy, but embarrased...
     
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    ok ok. my face is all red now....lol :eek:
    I will try it, and if it does the trick I will demand the money back for that %&#%-mouse pad.
     
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  9. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    No need to feel embarrassed - be thankful it was something simple and didn't end up costing you a lot of money! But first, determine that this is in fact the cuase of your issues. ;)
     
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    Well, it depends on how you look at it.... I mean just consider the cost for the very extensive therapy in order to get my self esteem back. ;)
     
  11. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    You're right, it's mouses.
     
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    I will let you know if it did the trick. I am currently at work with a windoze machine... Not my choice... :(
     
  13. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    I'm in the same boat - XP all day at work. That being said, I have never had one Windows issue, so I can't complain, quite honestly, although I obviously still prefer OS X to XP.

    What I can complain about though is blasted Lotus Notes... :cool:
     
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    I thought Sweden has socialized medicine?! :D
     
  15. Dr.Gargoyle thread starter macrumors 65816

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    My XP here at work is the reason why I left the dark side. XP crashed on me and somehow errased two weeks of work. This happend just days before I was going away to a conference in NY where I was supposed to present a paper. I had to work nonstop the last days in order to get it all together for the conference, so you can imagine how much I trust XP...lol
     
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    Well, you still have to pay the electrical bill for the shocks... Times have changed over here, so I wouldnt be surprised if you have to pay for the padding in your cell too... ;)
     
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    Optical mice just don't like some mousepads. Anyone remember how in the early days, they touted them as the "use anywhere" mouse? You don't need a mousepad, you've got a cinderblock! That'll work great! Try your own ass! Then came the glass desks, turns out you can't use them on anything. Then came the cheap, plastic mousepads, which don't work well at all.

    Still, my rollerball at work feels primitive now...
     
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    I only use mousepads that are a solid color, nothing fancy on them. The changes in color tend to make the laser (and consequently the cursor) jump. I gravitate towards blues and blacks as the best pad for optical mice.
     
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    AHHHHH, that explains things. My mouse pad is an inside photo of the stairs in guggenheim building... Imagine black and white circles... well, well, that explains the strange behavior... Thanks!
    (still a bit embarrasing though)
     
  20. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    This actually works better than I thought it would, although I think I'm going to need to invert my mouse if I want to keep doing it. :eek:

    Just for the list of things that do and don't work, Seven for All Mankind jeans, at least when on my butt, appear to work pretty well with the Apple BT mouse. :D
     
  21. Dr.Gargoyle thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hence we know your butt doesn't have contrasting colours... :D
    (sorry, couldnt keep myself from that comment...)
     
  22. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    I'll add that to my list of numerous horror stories which I've heard about XP. Like I said, my personal experience has been fine here at work, but I look forward to my OS X everyday when I get home... :cool:
     
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    Glad we could help ya out!
     
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    The Apple STore begs to differ. Or maybe it's just being 'cute'
     

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