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USB Wired Mouse locks up

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#1 dennisjj1738


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 10:33 AM

 I have an old ibm usb wired mouse that I am using it on a Windows 7 x64 computer. (The mouse was originally used on a Windows xp machine.) The mouse is working fine, until I turn off the computer. Upon reboot, sporadically, the mouse will be frozen when the machine boots up. Most times, if disconnect and reconnect from the usb port, the mouse will work ok. However, I am running out of usb ports, because after a number of such on-and-off cycles,the mouse will not reconnect in that port. Is there any way of fixing this, short of buying a new mouse? I would be grateful for any help. Thank you.

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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 09:03 PM

I have had this happen a few times in say the last five years. I have normally found that shutting down and re-starting frees up the mouse.


There are another couple of possibilities here. One you say the mouse you are using is perhaps in its late middle age. It could be suffering a sporadic fault. Have you tried another mouse ?  You could always just borrow one for a day or two !  If that one works without problems, then it is time for a new mouse. USB wired mice are not expensive and they are like keyboards - expendable items.


The other possibility is a faulty USB socket. Try your mouse in a different socket, and plug some known good item - scanner, printer, whatever - into the socket you normally use for your mouse and see if this known good item suddenly starts failing randomly.


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#3 NickAu


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 09:23 PM


Is there any way of fixing this, short of buying a new mouse?

 As long as there is nothing wrong with your USB ports. First try and do what Chris said and .... Oh bugger it just buy a new 1. Is 8 bucks too much for a new mouse?



Edited by NickAu1, 18 March 2014 - 09:26 PM.

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