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#1 Pammy_1

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 11:03 AM

Doesn't matter what I'm doing on this computer. my cursor just disappears off the page. It's becoming very annoying. Any thoughts?

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 12:10 PM

By cursor, I'm guessing you mean the mouse pointer.

Is it an optical mouse?

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 11:28 PM

Sorry. Yes, my mouse pointer. And yes it is an optical mouse.

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 11:43 PM

Hi Pammy_1 and welcome to BC.
have you installed any new graphics card and what card do you have?
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Posted 30 March 2006 - 11:54 PM

I had this problem with an optical mouse. The housing for the light has probably become offset a bit. I pushed it around some, and it took me 5-6 tries over a week or so, but I eventually got it to stop doing it.

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Posted 31 March 2006 - 01:39 AM

Nope. I didn't install any new cards. I don't know too much about computers. I went on the net to find the driver for my mouse. So, I downloaded that. But what to do with it is beyond me. Thankyou for trying to help me, by the way.

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Posted 31 March 2006 - 01:40 AM

By cursor, I'm guessing you mean the mouse pointer.


Technically there is a difference between the two, but even Webopedia admits that the terms cursor and pointer are often used interchangeably. And just to complicate this a little further, my instructor called it a cursor back when I took a class in W98 in college. :thumbsup:

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Posted 31 March 2006 - 08:04 AM

Can I add a couple of thoughts here?

Batteries. Is this a wireless mouse? If so, replace the batteries and move the receiving antannae closer.

What surface is under your mouse? If it is shiney or wet an optical mouse will not work correctly. Try it on your leg or some other surface if a mouse pad is not available.

A third idea, and this is to trouble shoot the problem (not neccessarily cure it), is to plug in an old ball mouse. Reboot your computer. Does this mouse experience the same problems? If so, then it is not related to your mouse. If the problem goes away then it is related to the optical mouse.

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Posted 31 March 2006 - 10:43 AM

If it is connected to a usb port, change the port to which it is connected.

(that will also give you an opportunity to install your new driver)




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