Been having more than my share of computer problems for a couple of months. A couple of nasty crashes, software problems, configuration problems, you name it! Most recently like the last couple of days the mouse was getting bad, freezing up, then real jerky in pointer movement. No doubt the misfortune was spreading, at least until about 5 minutes ago.
I took the little critter apart for the umpteenth time, cleaned the insides again, and noticed that all the rollers were working okay and pointer was tracking fine without the ball. Hey, wait a minute....
So, I swapped to an old mouse pad I had and voila, now the mouse works fine! Took my other pad over and gently scrubbed with mild dish detergent and a soft brush, to remove the hard film off of it, it's now air drying. The pad had looked just fine, but had gotten so nasty & slick that the mouse ball couldn't get traction so it appeared that little Mr. Mousey was a goner.
Just a tip added for those who do a search before posting about problems: try cleaning the mouse pad if all else fails.
Oh, and the ultra flaky monitor problem wasn't drivers. Apparently a cold solder joint. Gently tapped the monitor case, maybe twice as hard as hitting a keyboard key, and everything straightened right up! How's that for high tech, boys & girls?
Edited by Spectacle, 21 February 2010 - 02:24 AM.