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Using an optical / laser mouse can be pretty sketchy sometimes. I mean, they sometimes inexplicably jump all over your screen, causing you to click on the wrong buttons. Some of the main reasons for this malfunction include:
- Dying batteries (batteries usually die within several weeks)
- Mouse is too far from wireless receiver (if wireless mouse)
- Optical receptor on bottom of mouse has excessive dust
- Mouse port connector is loose
- Mouse pad/surface is dirty
Consequently, some recommended actions include:
- Replacing the batteries
- Move mouse closer to a wireless receiver so that they aren’t more than a couple of feet apart
- Wipe optical receptor on bottom of mouse
- Ensure the mouse port connector is firmly attached to the port
- Clean your mouse pad
If that doesn’t work, it is probable that your optical mouse is slowly dying, and may need to be disassembled to be cleaned. In that case, you may have to get a new one or ask a local technician to fix it for you.
If you still have problems, make sure that your computer has the correct driver for your mouse and Google to see if any other people have the same problem. Sometimes there may be problems inherent in a certain model of mouse, which could get you technical assistance from the manufacturer.
Still doesn’t work? Leave a comment with as many details about your mouse as possible.