Bluetooth mouse jumpy - fabrication problem?

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

  1. datapata macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2008
    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


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    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.

    EDIT: More reading...
  3. datapata thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2008
    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

    Nov 2, 2008
    Please, there has to be someone else who is using a bluetooth mouse. Are you having this same problem?
  5. jzader macrumors newbie


    Dec 24, 2008
    Carson City, Nevada
    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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