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the drivers might somehow be corrupted; no luck in finding updates since apparently the mice in question are now-superseded models.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?