Sometimes after I reboot my PC my Logitech optical trackball will stop working. If I unplug it from the back of the PC and then plug it back in (even in the same port) it will work just fine. Any ideas what's causing this?
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Has any new piece of hardware been put in between the trackball and the receiver? Electro-magnetic fields can cause interference. I had a similar problem once - didn't even unplug the receiver, just moved it behind the monitor. It was a big clunky CRT screen and created a huge EM field - huge enough to cause interference with the trackball.
I had one, loved it and it just stopped working one day. Logitech has a great warantee and they gladly replaced it witha brand new one. Well now the new one just stopped working today....I guess I have to call Logitech again......
I finally just was able to solve this problem! I saw somewhere that someone had made sure their primary mouse was selected under hardware, which got me thinking. I thought I had seen a second mouse option somewhere. So, I went into my Control Panel > System > Device Manager and click the arrow next to Mice and other pointing devices. Sure enough, there were two listed. A seemingly generic one and my Logitech I've been using. I right clicked on the generic one and chose disable and the drifting IMMEDIATELY stopped. I went so far as to re-enable that generic to see if it was a fluke because it had stopped drifting on its own yesterday, nope as soon as I enabled the generic device, drifting started again. So Happy!!!
A lot of trackball controlls made by Microsoft and Logitech use a optical system. Once the control on the screen doesn't move anymore, you simply remove the ball and clean the optics out of it.
If there is a way that you can remove the ball out of the control, all you have to do is clean the rollers underneath the wheel. After some time they do build up just like a friction mouse does. All it takes is some Qtips and a water alchohol solution.
I would hope for a kid trackball they made that a feature.
I love this trackball mouse, yet they are very sensitive to wear and trash that causes them to fail. Wal-Mart sells great ones like the Logitech LX3 optical mouse that are not as sensitive and have more features