Bluetooth mouse jumpy - fabrication problem?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by datapata, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. datapata macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,
    I just bought a Logitech v470 bluetooth mouse for use with my MacBook, thinking it would be a good way to get a real mouse while keeping away from my USB ports.

    However, it seems the mouse enters some kind of sleep mode after just a few seconds, and when I move it again, the pointer will jump around a bit as it wakes up. This sounds like something you could get used to, but it takes just 3 to 4 seconds of inactivity for it to go to 'sleep', and often it jumps to the other end of the screen, making the mouse next to unusable. As long as I keep it in motion, it works perfectly though.

    I just wanted to hear if this is a universal problem with bluetooth mice, or if I should send the mouse back to the manufacturer. I've read about others having the same problem, but most people seem to have no problems. So, is this a problem with a) this model in combination with OSX, b) bluetooth mice in general, or c) my particular mouse?

    PS. I should add that I'm of course using a fresh pair of batteries, and I have tried using both Logitech's drivers and the generic ones that come with OSX.
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Bluetooth mice shouldn't be going to sleep in a few seconds, no. The only time the computer tells the mouse to go to sleep is supposed to be when the computer also goes to sleep. So I would guess it's either a problem with the mouse itself or that this mouse and OS X miscommunicate for some reason.

    I didn't find a lot of info by googling, but I did note that there's at least one other thread here on MR complaining about similar problems with the v470.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=550503

    EDIT: More reading...

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=460774&highlight=v470
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=590558&highlight=v470
     
  3. datapata thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I've seen the first thread, that sounds like the same problem I'm having (the other two seems to be other issues). I'm not sure if it's a sleep function really, but I think it's some kind of power saving thing gone wrong. Really annoying.
     
  4. datapata thread starter macrumors newbie

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    *Bump*
    Please, there has to be someone else who is using a bluetooth mouse. Are you having this same problem?
     
  5. jzader macrumors newbie

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    Yep, I'm having the same problem.

    I am having the same problem.

    I'm using a MacBook Pro running OSX 10.5.5, with a Logitech V470 cordless laser bluetooth mouse.

    In general, the mouse seems harder to position than mouses I've used in the Windows world and the (disappointingly un-ergonomic) bluetooth Mighty Mouse I've used so far on my Mac.

    I love the ergonomics of the Logitech mouse, but it is always tracking either too fast or too slow, depending on how I have it tuned. And if I let it sit for a few seconds and then move it again, it jumps several inches from its original position.

    Also, no matter how I tune the scroll wheel, it either scrolls too fast or too slow for comfort.

    I'm pretty sure it's a driver or other software problem. I downloaded the latest Logitech Control Center software to see if that would help, but no love.

    I'm going to try calling Logitech and Apple after the holiday to see if I can get some help. If not, I'll be sending the mouse back.

    Meantime, if anyone out there finds a solution, I'd love to hear about it.
     

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