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Your mousepad is the problem. Do not use a pad with many colors or pattern. Use only one color on which your mousepad will slide. I found purple as best color to reflect light from an optical mouse. Also, avoid using glossy pads or sliding the mouse on glass.

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Sir, i want to know about the optical mouse in detail. what is the important point of it to use. thanks, tin


Hi,
Optical mouse was developed by Agilent Technologies and introduced to the world in late 1999, the optical mouse actually uses a tiny camera to take 1,500 pictures every second. Able to work on almost any surface, the mouse has a small, red light-emitting diode (LED) that bounces light off that surface onto a complimentary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensor.
The CMOS sensor sends each image to a digital signal processor (DSP) for analysis. The DSP, operating at 18 MIPS (million instructions per second), is able to detect patterns in the images and see how those patterns have moved since the previous image. Based on the change in patterns over a sequence of images, the DSP determines how far the mouse has moved and sends the corresponding coordinates to the computer. The computer moves the cursor on the screen based on the coordinates received from the mouse. This happens hundreds of times each second, making the cursor appear to move very smoothly.
Optical mice have several benefits over wheeled mice:
No moving parts means less wear and a lower chance of failure.
There's no way for dirt to get inside the mouse and interfere with the tracking sensors.

Increased tracking resolution means smoother response.
They don't require a special surface, such as a mouse pad.

Although LED-based optical mice are fairly recent, another type of optical mouse has been around for over a decade. The original optical-mouse technology bounced a focused beam of light off a highly-reflective mouse pad onto a sensor. The mouse pad had a grid of dark lines. Each time the mouse was moved, the beam of light was interrupted by the grid. Whenever the light was interrupted, the sensor sent a signal to the computer and the cursor moved a corresponding amount. This kind of optical mouse was difficult to use, requiring that you hold it at precisely the right angle to ensure that the light beam and sensor aligned. Also, damage to or loss of the mouse pad rendered the mouse useless until a replacement pad was purchased. Today's LED-based optical mice are far more user-friendly and reliable.

Thanks and regards,
Anil.B.R

Aug 18, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Logitech wireless optical mouse won't move computer cursor


Sometimes on wireless mice the contacts get warped or bent, so when you move it or set it down the batteries are not making full contact on both ends and the mouse loses power.

You can try adjusting the contacts or using a conductive material to make the contact (like a staple or paperclip), but you're probably better off spending the $10 or $20 to get a new mouse.

Jun 01, 2010 | Logitech Cordless Mouse

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Cursor keeps moving to unexpected locations while typing


My laptop does this and so does my Linux computer.
An optical mouse needs to work on a featureless surface. My oak grain desk is not good.
A mouse pad with a picture is also bad.
Use a clear textured surface - like a one colour mouse pad...
Or
Try a new mouse - a cheap one will do for testing. The tail on your mouse may be breaking. (Yes, they do that...)

It seems to happen with optical mice on random pattern surfaces.

Apr 02, 2010 | Acer NSK8458AN Keyboard

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Mouse keeps shifting the cursor to a different place in document


On touchpads if you touch the pad twice in quick succession it acts as a click and the cursor will move to the mouse pointer location. In mouse settings disable "tapping"

Aug 31, 2009 | Acer Aspire 5720 Notebook

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Erratic behavior of MS wireless optical mouse


Your wireless mouse the battery might be low, change the battery and go to control panel and click the mouse icon, and adjust the right mouse speed setting.

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Jul 27, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Cursor runs all over the screen w/o moving hp wireless mouse


Your mouse could be defective, but let's try a few things first. Try to remove any wireless devices close to it (i.e. wireless router)or try to plug it in a new USB port. Last thing try to use a very dark mousepad. The laser respond to reflection so any white on a mousepad combined with some sun light could result in a free for all mouse pointer.

Jun 05, 2009 | HP Wireless Optical Mouse

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Hyper senitive & erratic mouse


reinstall the driver for the mouse and see if that fixes it.... also you can try going to control panel----mouse and the changing the settings... you may have to experiment abit to get it the way you want it.

Robert

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May 27, 2009 | Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse...

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Msk1056 optical mouse lights on won't move cursor


REPLACE THE BATTERY AND UPDATE THE SOFTWARE AND PUSH IN THE RESET BUTTON ON THE BUTTOM OF THE MOUSE SO IT KNOWS WHAT FREQUENCE TO OPERATE AT

RODGANDYSR

Mar 05, 2009 | Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse...

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Wireless mouse


I just read one of the other solutions, and it was to try and press the reset and mouse reset buttons together - woked for me! yay!

Louise

Dec 08, 2007 | Belkin Optical Mouse F8E850-OPT

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