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How do I switch between 2 Mice?


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#1 TreeHugger

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 05:10 PM

I am running windows 7 64 bit Home Edition. I have a wireless keyboard & mouse that are connected to my computer through a USB connection. I have an old game that I want to play, however, the optical mouse is not sensitive enough to play the game with. I have an old wheel type mouse with a USB coverter that I have plugged into my computer, however, Windows does not notice that anything new is plugged in when I plug in the wheel-type mouse. I have tried turning off my bluetooth mouse and it won't find the wheel-type mouse. I have even unplugged my bluetooth device that allows my keyboard and mouse to work and Windows 7 still will not notice that I plugged in a different mouse.

My goal is to use the wheel mouse and the bluetooth keyboard at the same time. Can anyone help with this?

Edit: Moved topic from Windows 7 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 05:32 PM

Did you install the drivers for the 'other' mouse?

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#3 TreeHugger

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 06:13 PM

No, I took the mouse from my office. I don't have drivers for this mouse. It just says "Microsoft" on the mouse. It doesn't have a model number or anything.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:14 AM

A Microsoft mouse should work with whatever driver MS installs automatically.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:21 AM

  • Are you sure the "new" mouse is working?
  • Are you sure the USB-converter (to PS-2 I guess?) is working?
  • Did you try unplugging the wireless one, shutting down the PC, inserting the "new" one and then reboot?
  • Did you try any other USB mouse?

And lastly, why are you calling a wireless set a bluetooth device?

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 02:55 PM

So i checked the mouse and it works without the adapter on another machine. I did a little more research and found the following, which I believe is the problem.

Purchase a PS/2 to USB adapter. A passive adapter will work fine with most desktop computers. However, if you want to connect an older PS/2 keyboard to a laptop computer, you will most likely need an active adapter that electronically translates the PS/2 signal into the USB protocol.

I purchased a "passive" adapter (cost me $2) and need to make sure that I purchase an "active" adapter, which costs $10, instead. Thank you all for your time.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:01 PM

For the same buck, you could instead also just buy an USB mouse in the first place.

Thanks for sharing :)

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