Corded mouse, cursor moves the wrong way?

April 2, 2017 at 12:36:15
Specs: Windows 10
It started happening after a power blink went through the house. Moving it left moves the cursor down, up moves it left, etc.

And before anyone asks, it's being held the right way and no it's not wireless or battery-powered.


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#1
April 2, 2017 at 13:40:00
Have you another mouse you can try just to make sure the mouse hasn't failed?

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#2
April 2, 2017 at 13:52:05
Well, it's not my mouse; it's my uncle's. But yeah, I've been using a different one that works just fine.
That started happening with him earlier today and it had the same results on my computer.

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#3
April 2, 2017 at 14:01:52
Maybe try reinstalling the driver, i.e. Device Manager: HID-compliant mouse

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#4
April 2, 2017 at 14:08:00
Didn't work. Nothing changed.

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#5
April 2, 2017 at 15:17:43
Looks like the mouse was zapped - unusual for a power blip to do that but most mouse problems turn out to be the mouse itself. If you want to be super sure try it on another computer.

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#6
April 2, 2017 at 16:21:08
sounds like time to replace it.

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#7
April 4, 2017 at 05:42:03
Make sure the lens, the emitter, and the path in between is clean. It could be just a strand of hair stuck to the bottom of the mouse. Failing that, the mouse is probably bad.

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#8
April 4, 2017 at 08:54:38
This problem occurs quite frequently, and it must have the
same cause in every case. We should be able to pin it down
once and for all, so we can stop speculating about it. Most
likely, there are people around who who know how mice
work and who know how this problem happens. And most
likely, they have posted about it somewhere on the Internet.

All I can do is point out that the mouse is always reported to
be off by 90 degrees, or (IIRC in a few cases), 180 degrees.
Never by a random angle. That eliminates the possibility that
it is caused by something like fuzz on the optical sensor.
(Fuzz generally causes mouse pointer motion to be erratic.)
It also eliminates most possible mechanical failures.

Rotating mouse pointer motion by 90 or 180 degrees can be
done intentionally by a program, as in gagware, but I think we
should assume that something else is going on in the cases
reported here. Something is getting unintentionally confused.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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