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Erratic pointing My Mouse 5000 has begun to point very slowly and erratically; sometimes the pointer refuses to move at all. Also the red "light" or "laser" that was visible on the underside is out. Are the two conditiosn related and how do I fix?

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  • Anonymous Oct 23, 2008

    Plz some help...
    I have exactly th e same problem...

  • dlovelock1 Nov 10, 2008

    Same here. No light, very erratic movement. Makes gaming impossible and web browsing very frustrating.

  • dabutcha99 Jan 09, 2009

    same problem, going to try yooperbud's solution

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2009

    Yooperbud, did you read the problem. It is the mouse. Not the keyboard or printer. I have the same problem. This mouse is horrible. As for the light, it is an invisible laser on the 5000. So, there is no light. Just a horrible mouse.

  • FLMike May 04, 2009

    Vertical movement is more erratic than horizontal. A patterned mouse pad helped, but not enough.

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After experiencing the same issue for a few frustrating hours, I read here the theory about the required distance accuracy between the sensor and the surface.I used to be able to use mice (any brand) on a simple piece of paper or directly on (wooden) surfaces. Not with this "laser mouse..." I was about to try the "tape-with-a-hole" solution, but before trying that I simply threw a heavy, thick magazine with a glossy back-cover on the table and tried again. Worked like a charm. The heaviness of the magazine (I think) lent the "flatness" which I believe is the real required solution. I'm not sure if the glossiness played a role here...

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Solution!

I hated this mouse ever since I got it. My old optical mouse would work on any surface, but this one would not. On most surfaces that I use, it was horribly jerky.

After a lot of aggrivating hours of using this mouse, I discovered that the problem is that this mouse is Very picky about the distance that the laser sensor is from the surface that it is being used on. If you use the mouse on a surface that is not perfectly flat, it is really jerky.  If you use this mouse on your pants leg or other curved surface, the surface gets too close to the sensor. The laser light is reflected at an angle that doesn't hit the sensor.

My 2 cent fix was to take a few layers of Scotch tape, punch a hole thru them about the size of the laser hole, and then put the tape on the mouse, lining up the holes. Try to use just enough layers of tape to match the thickness of the 4 oval glide pads on the bottom of the mouse. My mouse now works perfectly.

Microsoft should have put a glide pad around the sensor hole, instead of putting the silly the "Microsoft Laser Technology" sticker there.

If the tape doesn't last, I might pilfer a glide pad from one of my old mice, and drill a hole through it.

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Go to Control Panel and click on Keyboard. Keyboard properties will appear, then click on SPEED tab, adjust the various items as you desire. Also the printer properties has tabs to set your keys to function as you would like them to.
Hope this helps. Bud

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After buying the tamper-proof star key needed to take it apart, and disassembling the mouse, seeing nothing was wrong, I found this:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/321122

The problem seems to be fixed with Windows 7, btw.. I'm able to use my Logitech or Microsoft mice interchangeably.

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