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Annoyance is...

...trying to use the computer, and the mouse won't work.

...switching mouses and that doesn't help either.

...finding out it is literally impossible to navigate Gmail without a mouse. (Any website you can't navigate with tabs when your mouse is broken is poorly designed.)

...finding out that the keyboard controls for the cursor, up in the accessibility menu, won't work either.

...trying to make sure you're doing it right by Googling "how to move the cursor without a mouse" and being unable to get to the page that explains it.

...reading the preview text as a last resort, trying it, finding it SHOULD be working, and isn't.

...having to restart.

Thank Goddess the mouse worked again after the restart!

Crossposted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org


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Aug. 28th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
When I worked in my college's computer lab, we had this very problem all the time. We were able to fix it by unplugging the mouse, blowing on it, and plugging it back in. It worked like a dream 99% of the time.

From what I understand, it's a minor static charge that has built up that causes it, and by unplugging the mouse (or keyboard, for that matter) for a brief period of time (say, 10 seconds or so) it allows the charge to go away and the mouse/keyboard is able to function once again. Turning the computer off and on again has the same effect, since it briefly takes power away from the mouse/keyboard. We didn't have USB mice/keyboards in those days, so if you have one of those the static charge might or might not be what's wrong.
Aug. 28th, 2010 10:40 am (UTC)
It was a PS/2 mouse. Which she'd plugged in *after* the computer was turned on.

This is a *really* bad idea because not only will the computer *never* recognize it without a restart, but if you get unlucky you can fry the port (I managed to do that to a system some years back.)

USB mice, keyboards, etc are *designed* to be plugged in after the system is running. PS/2 mice & keyboards. No.
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