Crazy Mouse Problem in Windows XP SP3

January 20, 2016 at 05:49:37
Specs: Linux i686
Hello...I have what seems to be a unique problem with my mouse. I'm replacing an old one with a brand new one, but I can't get Windows XP SP3 to recognize it. To complicate matters I was already having the problem of Windows recognizing the mouse only when it was plugged into one certain USB port. All the ports work fine for any other devices, but only that certain one would allow the mouse to work. When I plug the new one into that port, it acts like its installing and even gives me mouse activity for about a half second...and then it freezes and I get nothing. Control panel's mouse applet doesn't even show that any mouse is connected. I've tried every one of my eight backside ports and even my two frontside ports, to no avail. It's getting power, but it just isn't working. It works fine in Linux regardless of the port it's plugged into (I'm in Linux right now using that new mouse). So I'm dead in the water in Windows. I could keep using the old mouse, but it's pretty useless to me without a working wheel. This is driving me insane and I'm dangerously close to taking a sledgehammer to my computer. If anyone has even a vague inkling, I'd be very grateful.

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#1
January 20, 2016 at 05:59:38
have to checked your battery in the mouse if it has one replace it with anew one.if chargable try charging it it if not maybe try mouse on another computer to see f its that computer or the mouse

Davidw

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#2
January 20, 2016 at 13:46:33
Are there any errors showing in Device Manager under "Mice and other pointing devices"?

Another idea is to first plug in the mouse then Uninstall its driver from "Device Manager". If it should ask whether you wish to uninstall the software say NO. Restart the computer and it will find the mouse as "new hardware" and setup the software again. If necessary do the shut down by pressing the power button for at least 5 seconds.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#3
January 21, 2016 at 00:41:38
Is it some oddball mouse model that needs XP drivers from its manufacturer?

Try a PS/2 mouse if your computer has those ports available.

Or, if you're using a PS/2 mouse through a USB adapter, well don't.

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#4
January 21, 2016 at 07:24:33
Let us have the make and model number of the new mouse.

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#5
January 21, 2016 at 12:49:49
Thank you all for having an answer. I'll try the driver removal with a restart method. That sounds pretty solution-ey to me.

Incidentally, there's nothing unusual about either of the mice. They're just garden variety wired USB, one a DYNEX (the old one) and the other a Logitech. Both work pefectly well in any of my USB ports in Linux, and they also work fine on each of the several other computers around my house (Windows, Mac, Chromebook). So probably my messy Windows is the culprit.


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