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(Logitech) optical mouse scrolling wheels working erratically if at all


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#1 1940LaSalle

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 03:07 PM

Preliminary question: is it possible that the scrolling wheels on an otherwise optical mouse simply wear out mechanically after a few years of use, and thus quit working? I have no idea how robust these are.

Anyhow: this is observed on an older machine (maybe 9 years old) running XP. One optical mouse had the scrolling wheel work poorly (that is, wheel movement yielded erratic/random amounts of scrolling), so I swapped out one mouse for another of a different vintage. The "new" mouse worked well for a while, then yielded erratic scrolling and finally none at all.

I looked for driver updates from Logitech thinking the drivers might somehow be corrupted; no luck in finding updates since apparently the mice in question are now-superseded models.

Hence my question: is the simplest / most likely explanation that I'm dealing with devices that have hit the end of their useful lives, and now it's time to go to Staples or wherever and plunk down cash for a new mouse? And a follow-up: is there one style (I'll call it) of mouse on which the scrolling wheel is particularly robust? For example, would I expect reasonably to have a real dreadnought scrolling wheel on a so-called gaming mouse?

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 03:16 PM

Yes it happens. I can attest to this. I've had over the years 5 Logitech keyboard and mouse combos of one sort or another. The last one was a MX5500 and it's the first one where after 3 years of heavy daily use the Mouse scroll wheel finally died a slow death. First it was erratic then after about two months of making me crazy it just died. Keyboard still humming along flawlessly (knock on wood). So I'm trying to figure out whether to get a new combo or just a mouse. In the meantime I'm dealing with a USB mouse that is bare bones (not happy).

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