Saturday, May 7, 2011

Technical problems

Mouse freezing up constantly. Thought it was mouse and replaced it. Still same problems. Using tab key to maneuver, but very slow and cumbersome. Ideas?

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Try deleting all your temp files and cookies, etc. "Tools", "Internet Options", General tab, "Delete", and "Delete All".

Then run some anti-spyware. You'd be surprised....

Brock Townsend said...

I assume you have rebooted, as that's about all I know.

Anonymous said...

If its USB plug it into another USB port and should fix your problem..

Anonymous said...

The first thought is there's some malware on your confuser, and this is causing the glitch. Have you done a virus scan?

Grog
III

Anonymous said...

K.I.S.S. When in doubt reboot.
If that doesn't work it could be a corrupted mouse driver or some type of virus. Have you added any new software or hardware lately?
Try running the computer in safe mode. If the mouse works fine you know there is a software conflict with one of your drivers.

Sedition said...

According to what type of mouse you have, it could be a corrupted mouse driver if you're using a mouse port, or a corrupted USB driver if you're using a USB port mouse.
Try going to Control Panel, then click on printers and other hardware.
There should be an icon for "Mouse" you can click on to run a diagnostic.
It should be on the "Hardware" tab of the Mouse section.

JFP said...

If its a USB mouse try a different USB port (on computer itself, not a USB hub), try both mice on a different computer to double check if its the mouse or machine. You might try using a restore point from before you had problems. New mouse drivers might help or the usb drivers themselves.

After that, check for malware/viruses.

TPaine said...

Do a system restore to a time before the problem occurred.

Anonymous said...

If you were using a USB device, try a PS/2 device or vice versa. You'll need to restart if attaching a PS/2 device.

- deadman

Dedicated_Dad said...

CTRL+ALT+DEL & BRING UP (!@3~`^#e^cAPS lOCK!) task-mangler. Switch to "processes" tab & select "show processes from all users" then click on the "cpu" column header - this will bring the processes using most CPU to the top of the list.

If it's anything other than "system idle process" then note what processes are running away -- then try killing them (click to highlight process then hit "end task" and be agreeable...

If you're running anything XP or newer, try going into "system restore" and roll back to atime before you started having trouble.

HTH...

DD

Anonymous said...

usb port bad? driver missing? can u restore 2 a previous date(sys restore)?

Anonymous said...

Reload mouse drivers. Go to the website of your mouse brand and poke around for the driver library and reload the drivers for your mouse and reboot

Good luck

The Allegory III

Laura said...

assuming you've rebooted and defragged your computer, delete all your cookies and offline content in whatever browser you use, then give superantispyware a go. it could just mean the computer needs a cleanup.

i'd also check the task manager to see what's using the majority of the computer's memory. some background processes tend to be memory hogs at times.

loopyloo305 said...

Check for virus, run cleaner, defragment

Anonymous said...

reboot, look at high percentage running processes and kill if need be. Anything new installed? If so, remove. Check to see if worm, virus (windows?????)

a start,

Without knowing more ....

Take care,

s4r

Graybeard said...

If it's a USB mouse, change where it's plugged and reboot.

Change from USB to the old round connectors (PS2?) or vice versa.

Grasping at straws. Last time I had that kind of trouble it was the mouse.

Anonymous said...

The above suggestions are good, especially the simpler ones.

I have seen people swap mouse and keyboard connectors on their PS/2-based machines. If you have this type of connector, and you've done some work on it, check that the swap didn't happen. The things are color coded and should be easy to verify.

Mark Matis said...

If you're using a Microsoft product for your operating system or other programs, I would not be too surprised to find FedGov has been using backdoors. You are a major pain to the Masters, and they and the oath-breakers have NO honor. Consider installing an open-source system such as Ubuntu unless you ABSOLUTELY need a Microsoft product, and I would not be surprised if your problems disappear...

bobn said...

If it's an optical mouse, (red light on bottom), make sure it's not on a very plain white or black surface.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps NSA has decided to monitor your computer use a little closer and they have some GOMER trainee doing the monitoring. I don't trust these things at all since I used to work for them(NSA) long ago.

BS Footprint said...

Long shot, probably not your problem, but before you pull all your hair out:

Here's something I always check when someone complains of mouse freezing:

Assuming Windows OS: Check the System Event Log for Disk Error messages. If the hard disk has bad sectors, the disk controller retries, and causes the system to freeze while the controller is busy.

I've cured some 'mystery freeze' problems by replacing failed hard drives... (or running Gibson Research SpinRite to detect and recover bad sectors.)

More info

BS Footprint said...

Also, a quick test: if the hard disk light is on solid when the computer is frozen, that may be an indication of impending hard disk failure.

When the mouse appears to be frozen, tap the caps lock or num lock key; does the indicator light toggle on/off immediately? If not, this may be further indication of hard drive retries. Why? Because, when the controller is busy retrying the hard disk operation, the system is not responding to keyboard/mouse input, so the indicator lights won't toggle.

Not a sure thing, but as I said, when no other source can be found, you definitely should check the System Event Log for hardware error messages (especially from the Disk subsystem).

Anonymous said...

Install Ubuntu LINUX and stop worrying about your computer every time windows digests a new piece of information. The software is free and extremely powerful and there is no memory overhead used by windows at your expense. Windows now thinks your computer belongs to them and your purchase of their software is simply rent.

Failing that, the windows safe mode as well as driver recovery seem the best options, although it may also be a memory problem, which one of the above may remedy.

Come back from the dark side Mike. Linux will serve you better and your hardware will be happier longer!

bobn said...

A agree with anonymous: Ubuntu Linux is the way to go in general. I use it almost excluisive of Windows at home.


However, if you are having a specific hardware problem, Ubuntu can't fix that.

DevilDog said...

Use the tools from Malwarebytes.org along with Superantispyware.com to check for malware. I work IT for a living and these are the tools I use most, and the best part is they are free! Unfortunately it sounds more like a hardware issue.

Back up your data first though, I've seen a few instances where removing the malware you have a corrupted system file and after you restart to remove the infected files, the OS doesn't come back up.