Sluggish Optical Mouse

Intellimouse ExplorerThis morning I noticed that my mouse (Wireless Intellimouse Explorer 2.0) was acting a little wonky. When moving the mouse smoothly over the mousepad, the cursor would go about 3/4 of the expected distance and then pause and then maybe go a little further. All the while I was continuously moving the mouse.

It was as if I had one of those old mice with the balls in them that were so annoying when they got dirty.

I opened up my mouse applet in the control panel and Battery level was good and the signal quality was high. I tried changing the mouse pad too. But nothing seemed to help.

I’ve had this mouse for about 4 years now and it has been great. So I was not enthusiastic that it might be failing me now.

I found this article which eventually clued me in that I should try hitting the “connect” button (little oval button on top of the mouse’s receiver that plugs into my computer). Which solved the problem.

I recall now that yesterday evening I bumped the mouse and knocked it off of my desk. Frankly I’m surprised I don’t do that more often. Anyway that must have jarred it sufficiently that it needed to “resync” with the receiver and all was good.

Just throwing this up here in case anybody else runs into this issue.

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