Mouse is acting strange...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by TonyRush, Jul 4, 2006.

  1. TonyRush macrumors newbie

    TonyRush

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    #1
    What would cause my mouse (the one on the screen, not the one on my desk) to move by itself to one corner of the screen?

    It doesn't happen consistently...just sporadically. I'll be working, and suddenly it'll just move to a menu item or to the lower right corner of the screen.

    Thoughts?
    Tony
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    #2
    Do you have a mousepad?
    Are you using the mouse on a surface that had multiple colors/textures that might be interfering with the laser?
     
  3. TonyRush thread starter macrumors newbie

    TonyRush

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    #3
    No, I'm using it right on my desk. And you bring up an interesting point because I DID recently move it from a table to a desk. It wasn't doing this prior to the move.

    I'll get a pad and see if that corrects it. Hopefully that's all it is. :)

    Thanks!
    Tony
     
  4. dmw007 macrumors G4

    dmw007

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    #4
    Very odd, perhaps the mouse is just hungry and is searching for some cheese. ;) :D




    I have had this problem in Windows before, but never in Mac OS X. If the mouse is a non-optical model, try cleaning the mouse's ball out (that just sounds so wrong... :D ).
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    #5
    If the desk is wood and has grains in it, or even any color variations where it moves from light to dark to light, all that can interfere with the optical sensor and cause the cursor to jump all over the screen.

    I find that mono-color mousepads work best. Dark colors. Black, blue, grey.
     

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