Sliding mouse across the screen

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Jewels53, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. Jewels53 macrumors newbie

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    I have a Mac intel 2 x 266 intel. About a year ago, my mouse started having a mind of its own and just would slide across the screen, it just occurred every so often, but in recent times it is continually happening (at least every 3 minutes). A little embarrassing when a PC user uses my Mac and comments upon it. Any ideas how to solve?
    Thanks
    Jewels
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    Are you using an Apple mouse?

    Sometimes dust collects inside the cavity of the optical sensor, causing it to behave erratically. Try blowing into it for a few seconds and see if that makes a difference.
     
  3. arkitect macrumors 601

    arkitect

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    I use Logitech MX Revolution mice with all my Macs and they all "slide" every now and then.

    As BlueRevolution pointed out, it is just dust — give it a good blow.
    Nothing to do with your Mac and nothing to be "embarrassed" about. ;)
    And always make sure the drivers are up to date. Sounds obvious, but easily overlooked.

    What is really fun is having a Wacom tablet attached… then you can complain about erratic behaviour.
     
  4. Jewels53 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sliding mouse

    Thanks guys for your suggestions, but I actually bought a new mouse and instantly the same thing happened. All the folk I have spoken to, have been mistified by this one. I am at a loss right now and it is really annoying me which you can imagine !!
     
  5. Jewels53 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sliding mouse

    Sorry, forgot to mention, I am using the Mac wired mouse. My new mouse is also the same. Have spoken to the local MAC retailer and they too are at a loss on this problem.

    Jewels
     
  6. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    Well I use a Mac wired mouse, a wireless Logitech MX Laser and both have the same problem that you have. I hooked up an old Wireless Logitech Optical mouse and it is better. It still does the movement by itself but not as often. If you find a fix I would really be interested in it...
     
  7. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

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