Sliding mouse across the screen

Jewels53

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Nov 18, 2009
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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
 

BlueRevolution

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Jul 26, 2004
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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.
 
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arkitect

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Sep 5, 2005
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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.
 
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Jewels53

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Nov 18, 2009
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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 !!
 
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Jewels53

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Original poster
Nov 18, 2009
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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
 
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surflordca

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Nov 16, 2007
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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 !!
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...
 
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