Weird mouse problem in Leopard

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by winterdude010, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. winterdude010 macrumors regular


    Feb 24, 2006
    New York
    Hi, I'm having issues with my mouse after the recent 10.5.1 update for Leopard. At random times, my mouse will not click/select anything. However, the mouse moves around just fine, and if I were to hover the mouse over my bookmarks in safari, the dark background will appear, and if I hover over the dock the icons will magnify, but it won't click/select/highlight anything no matter how many times I press on the mouse. And when this occurs no "connection lost" symbol pops up on the screen (I use a wireless mouse).

    As mentioned previously I am running Leopard 10.5.1, which is on my iMac G5 and I'm using a wireless Mighty Mouse.

    What could be causing this?
  2. Frohike macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2007
    Kent, England
    Unfortunately i am unable to help with your problem, but rather add to the issue in that sometimes my mouse freezes without being able to move for several seconds. This generally happens when browsing safari and has only occured since Leopard was introduced to my computer. I know it's not the whole computer freezing as i can call up dashboard and Expose with a click of a button but for those 5-10 seconds the mouse refuses to budge... it only happens quite rarely but definately a problem since leopard came about!

    All the best,
  3. winterdude010 thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 24, 2006
    New York
    Usually happens to me when using Safari as well...
  4. -Garry- macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    I've seen this too, although it also happened in 10.5 and possibly in 10.4.10 aswell. It only happens once every few days and switching the mouse off then on again fixes it. Bit annoying though.
  5. rrobinson macrumors newbie


    Dec 17, 2007
    South Texas
    I have had the exact same problem ever since I upgraded to Leopard. Just as others have noted Safari always seems to be open when this occurs, but then again, I always have it up. I use a Bluetooth Logitech MX1000 but after I started having problems switched back to my Wired Mighty Mouse. Problem exists wired and wireless. It happens about once a week and the only solution I've found is to restart the computer.

    It's makes me sad that I have this beautiful machine that can render hours of video or run Ableton Live sessions with hundreds of clips without even the slightest performance hitch and for some reason the mouse doesn't work.
  6. domokun81 macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2007
    Same Here

    I have been experiencing the same thing.

    I thought it might have had something to do with Safari but wasn't sure.

    I noticed it when waking up my macbook pro. The mouse would just go crazy. up would be down and left would be right, or diagonal depending on the computer's mood.

    The pointer speed would fluctuate from nothing to light-speed, like some sort of annoying game.

    I could not get anything done and would have to restart.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one. I was about to roll back to Tiger. Hopefully there will be a fix for this soon.
  7. nelliestarr macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2008
    I've also been having issues with my mouse since upgrading to Leopard. It's a wired mouse, and I use Firefox (not Safari) for my browser, so those variables are eliminated.

    I've had the most issues under a couple different situations: dragging messages from my inbox to a folder in Mail, and scrolling through or highlighting files when in the Finder. In Mail, when I hold the mouse down on a message and begin to drag it to move it to another folder, it'll select numerous files instead of dragging the initially selected file. When I use Cmd+click to select separate messages, it'll open them instead. In the Finder, when scrolling down in a Finder window and my mouse goes outside the window, it'll activate the window beneath it.

    Of course, this is happening sporadically, but definitely more than once a week. I've contemplated reverting back to Tiger, but I'm really hoping that Apple will address these issues and I won't have to do that.
  8. mercman40 macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2008
    Screen Jiggles when mouse rolls over ANYTHING, and Blurs Type?

    I have an IMac with 10.4.11.
    Just recently any time I move the mouse over the screen, whether there is a window open or not, the screen jiggles then goes back to place...and also blurs some of the type. Any time, not only while on line?

    I tried a different mouse pad but did nothing.

    Any assistance will be greatly appreciated!
  9. pascalboyer macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2008
    weird mouse problem

    Same problem here:
    mouse will move OK, but clicks do not register
    This extends to a whole part of the screen - usually, moving the window and trying to click from there works...
    This happened:
    - on my Air, and Intel Mac, and Power G5
    - with Mail, Word, Safari
    - with a regular (USB) Apple mouse

    so it must be a Leopard issue
  10. JT Pickeral macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    mouse issue in video games

    I play video games on my mac (like StarCraft and a few others) and I've noticed that the mouse can only create the simple "single click" function. The right mouse button behaves the exact same way as the left button, even on the desktop.

    The only way I can open up the right-click menu is if I click and hold down either the left or right button.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? The mouse driver is on the computer and I've tried to fix the problem by adjusting some of the controls in there, but no luck so far.
  11. JT Pickeral macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2008
    Orlando, FL

    Heh heh...nevermind my last post, all I had to do was download the updated driver for Leopard. Heh heh... :D
  12. DonGeraldo macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2007
    Round Rock, TX
    Same for me..

    I have the same issue as all of you, and mostly use Firefox. I am using a Logitech mouse however along with the SteerMouse USB drivers. Is anyone else using SteerMouse? I'm wondering if the problem is in their driver??:confused:
  13. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006

    You have accidentally 'zoomed in'. If you hold CTRL and scroll forward it will zoom in. Making the whole OS and apps bigger for the partially sighted.

    Hold down CTRL and scroll back/down - it will 'zoom out'.

    Regarding clicks not registering for the other posters it comes down to not clicking in the right place on your bluetooth mouse. If you have a wired mouse you most likely have a different problem. I have a wired mouse but whenever I use a bluetooth Apple mouse I have trouble because my natural clicking spot does not register on the bluetooth version. It can also be caused by having two buttons enabled and your finger resting on one button while you click the other. As it is touch sensitive it often gets confused and so does nothing.

    Play around and see what works for you.
  14. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    could be a matter of the sensitivity of optical wired vs. laser wireless.
  15. Nanookfan macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2008
    My two cents: I was having trouble with the scroll wheel on a Logitech wireless mouse. The scroll wheel would randomly stop working. Updating software, drivers, ect. did not help. Began to think that maybe the scroll wheel was going bad. Ended up starting up in Safe Boot mode and ever since the trouble with the mouse has not re-appeared. You have to like it when the simple things work. :)
  16. Jon5555 macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2009
    HELP - I'm having the same problem with my Mouse

    Just installed Leopard on a friends computer, now his USB Mighty Mouse won't click..:(
    The screen reacts when the mouse is over something, ie. the dock magnification effect works, etc. but I can't click or select anything...

    Please, anyone have any ideas on how to correct this?


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