Have an HP Wireless Optical Mobile Mouse. Operqating system is Windows XP. All of the time when the curser is in the arrow form it jumps all over the place. Why? Is there a correction? I just put the curser in the "I" form to give my e-mail address and it also jumps around. On 12-23-08, I bought this mouse.
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Re: HP Optical Mouse Curser jumps around
I respectfully disagree with amusedgeek. He is correct aout the textured surface,though.Optical mice will take snapshots many times a second and reposition the cursor according to where the pattern was last. Rather than a single color, a pattern is your best bet for an optical mouse. The only thing I recommend is to make sure the mousepad isn't reflective at all- no glossy or semi-glossy surface. You want it to be non-reflective. Just to be sure there is nothing wrong with the mouse, you can test it simply by putting it on a newspaper and scrolling around.
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You may have a virus in the system, update your anti-virus definitions and run a deep or full scan, if that fails restore the computer to an earlier time due to a possible bad device driver. If still no luck I recommend a full system recovery of windows to factory default.
If you don'y use a mouse mat then your sensor (if you use a mouse with a censor) is picking up bumps, or changes in the surface it is moving over and turning it into jumps on your screen and using a mouse mat should solve this. If you use a mouse with a ball the take the ball out and give th rollers inside a good clean.
Restart the computer using the keyboard "Windows key" and leave the mouse plugged in the USB port. If it has a driver CD, install the software and drivers then restart the computer. Windows Xp should find the new device and make it ready for use. If you are using Windows Vista then you will need to go into your "My Computer" and then "Control Panel" and "Printers and other hardware" and then "Mouse" and click "Troubleshoot" If you are using a Laptop or notebook, disable your touchpad first then plug the USB mouse into port
Try cleaning the ball. Try using another pad. If no joy, Try uninstalling the mouse drivers and reinstalling or updating them. (device manager)
Tutorial on updating windows drivers here.
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Have you tried checking the pointer's speed in control panel. mouse icon, pointer options ? Usually when you have different speeds it's because games work differently than Windows does. Check that first. If that does not work, see if there is anything obstructing/pressing against the mouses' cable.