Posted 09 February 2009 - 12:01 AM
I've been fighting with a jiggling mouse effect for a long time, which unfortunately is fairly intermittent. I've tried different mice. More recently, I bought a more expensive mouse, because I thought it might be the result of using cheap ones. The arrow periodically doesn't hold still. When I tried out the new mouse yesterday, it worked as a normal mouse for about 5 seconds. I was greatly relieved! And then the jiggling started again.
At its worst, if I have my hand on the mouse, the cursor will jiggle its way slowly upwards and to the left across the screen at a slow pace, even though my hand is holding perfectly still. When I try to aim for something to click on it, I have to try several times, because the pointer won't hold still long enough to mark whatever I'm trying to mark. With the new mouse, at first it only did this jiggling if I held the mouse. (No, I don't have tremors.) When I would let go of the mouse, the arrow would remain still. However, after a few minutes, it started acting the same way the previous mouse did, which was that it didn't matter if I was holding it or not, it began this same jiggling.
I've had this experience with about four different mice. I've tried to get new drivers, but the drivers are always listed as correct and the most recent. No yellow errors. Nothing I've been able to figure out with Troubleshooting.
I tried both usb and ps/2 ports. No change.
I tired redoing the mouse settings to make the arrow faster or slower, change the speed of the double clicks.
After tying the more expensive mouse, I gave it back up for the cheaper one, because the cheaper one doesn't jiggle quite as badly.
The cheap mouse is HABex optical wire. The more expensive one is Glaser. I also had a Hama mouse. All wired and optical.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this, because it's driving me batty. It's never been bad enough to prevent me from working, but it's been high-level annoying when it does things like reverse copy, leading me to have to undo a change and remark a piece of text.
And no, it's not the user. I tried several other users.
I have XP pro SP3 and I can't remember how long the problem has been going on, but probably all of the past year. One thing I have not checked is whether or not the effect is associated with the startup of a specific piece of software. I can't imagine, but I'm ready to look for anything which might solve the problem.
Thanks for any thoughts you have on this.