"The Mouse" or OSX Problem?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by clcnyc, Jul 23, 2004.

  1. clcnyc macrumors regular


    Jan 6, 2004
    Several months ago, I purchased MacMice's "The Mouse"; out of wanting to have the scroll wheel, right click, and keep with the elegance of my iMac 17". Needless to say, I loved it (although it took some getting used to) and it's been working without a glitch....until recently.
    Over the course of the past 2 weeks, I've noticed something annoying happening. Whenever I have a window open (for example, "pictures") and I want to move that window around, it won't do anything. If I keep trying, the window will shrink away to the dock, which is infuriating. :mad: It takes about 5 tries before i can finally move it. Same thing with Mail. When I try to drag a message to a particular folder, it opens up the message full screen! Same thing happens on iChat, too. Has this happened to anyone else? I've uninstalling and re-installed the driver, verified and repaired permissions, made sure the mouse prefs were exactly the same on both user accounts (i'm the admin on the computer), and nothing has changed. Any advice? Sorry for the run-on paragraph :(

    By the way, I have Panther 10.3.4 running on an iMac 17" 1GHz w/768MB RAM
  2. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
  3. clcnyc thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 6, 2004
    no, not yet. I still have the original Apple mouse stowed away in my closet. guess that would be the next logical step, huh? another thing i've noticed is when I try to click and hold on items in the dock (to see items contained within a folder w/o opening it), it just immediately launches the program or document. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
  4. neoelectronaut macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2003
    Southeastern Louisiana
    Is there still a warranty or anything on the mouse? Have you tried contacting the manufacturer?
  5. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    did you install the drivers for it? sometimes the drivers will help the mouse movements run smoother.
    otherwise, i agree with the previous poster who said to try a new mouse.

    ps you could also try checking the usb connection...maybe its loose or something is pushing it slowly out of the way???
  6. TDM21 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2004
    I had a problem similar to that on my windows machine back in February. When I would click and hold to drag something it would act like I was unclicking all the time. After I did my yearly reinstall of windows I still had the same problem and turned out ot be the mouse.

    I would say that is the same problem you are having: The mouse needs to be replaced.
  7. Sharewaredemon macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    Cape Breton Island
    I would have these same problems with the logitech wireless trackball. But ONLY when I switched users from my dads side to my side. The way I fixed it was to log out my dad, then log myself out. Then re lod myself in, that would usually fix any problems the mouse gave me.

    also, call whoever you bought it from and complain
  8. Sayer macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    One of the first steps in troubleshooting a computer is to replace a problem component with a known-good component. Be it a keyboard, mouse, screen or even a CD/DVD drive.

    Using a different mouse can eliminate the following:

    Problems with the Mouse you replaced (bad switches, bad cable).
    Problems with the USB hub/port it was connected to.
    Problems with the Mac OS (if you are using a driver-less mouse).
    Problems with the Mouse software (special drivers).

    if the problems persist you can then try checking software settings or restarting the computer. If you only Sleep the computer for weeks without a restart things can get wonky over time (esp. with third-party software with bugs/memory leaks). Restarting starts over from scratch for everything.

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