want to install mouse on laptop

January 20, 2011 at 04:55:48
Specs: Windows Vista
cant use either of the mice that i have,
microsoft basic ouptical mouse or
hp wireless mouse
the mouse pad on the laptop is ok to use.

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January 20, 2011 at 08:42:30
Have you, or is it possible anyone has ...
- dropped this laptop ?
- spilled liquid on it ?

If you HAVE, or if someone else HAS, done one of those, a tech who posted here says either of those two things are the most common reasons major (the motherboard) or minor circuit boards inside the laptop case need to be replaced.
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Apparently "Microsoft basic optical mouse" is corded and USB connected.

It should be automatically detected.

USB ports in external USB hubs that plug into a single USB port built into the laptop case DO NOT work with all USB devices.
If you have an external hard drive plugged into a port in an external USB hub, it requires the full max USB spec 500ma - if the external hard drive works when plugged into that by itself, if any other devices are plugged into the USB hub, it's likely the external hard drive and/or the other device(s) will NOT be detected properly.

If it doesn't work when plugged into a USB port built into the laptop case, there's either something wrong with the mouse, or the USB controller in the bios Setup is not enabled or the USB port itself or it's circuitry is defective.

Corded mice often develop broken wires inside the cord right where the cord enters the mouse after the mouse has been used a lot, or at any time after the cord has been yanked on. Try the mouse with another computer - if it works with another computer either the USB controller in the bios Setup is not enabled or the USB port itself or it's circuitry is defective.

You did not state the model of the HP wireless mouse. Older models may require that you install software for it, and/or that you press some tiny button on the USB receiver/transmitter and/or on the mouse to get the computer to recognize it. The battery(ies) in the mouse must have enough charge. Some older wireless mice have a tiny switch that you move to off to conserve battery power - that must be on.
Newer wireless mice models are detected automatically and have basic functions without them needing any software to be installed.
Similarly, if the mouse is a newer model that is detected automatically on another computer, if it doesn't work on your computer when the USB transmitter / receiver is plugged directly into a USB port built into the case, either the USB controller in the bios Setup is not enabled or the USB port itself or it's circuitry is defective.


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