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Ian Jackson
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In message <Xns9D3F887158176chuck@>, chuckcar <(E-Mail Removed)>
>Ian Jackson <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in
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>> In message <Xns9D3CB40CBA268chuck@>, chuckcar <(E-Mail Removed)>
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>>>>>"john hamilton" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in
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>>>> I bought a 2 cordless mouse at a car boot sale. After about two
>>>> years, every so often, the cursor would spontaneously start to drift
>>>> slowly to the top of the screen. A couple of minutes later,
>>>> everything was OK again. This 'feature' lasted a few days, then
>>>> disappeared. I believe it only occurred again about a year later,
>>>> and hasn't happened since.
>>>Pretty much the exact same symptoms I was getting from these mice.
>>>However they died *real* fast and about 1/3rd of the time or so the
>>>computer would say they weren't plugged in (I prefer ps/2 for both my
>>>keyboard and mouse, I dispise USB)
>>>> I got to wondering what had happened, and decided to measure the
>>>> frequency used by the mouse. It turned out to be in the 27MHz CB
>>>> band, I believe on FCC (or CEPT) channel 15. I therefore suspect
>>>> that interference was the cause of the problem, but haven't bothered
>>>> to investigate further.
>>>*exactly* 27.00 Mhz or close to it? CB frequencies have a bandwidth of
>>>only about 10Khz, so unless it's between 26.095 Mhz and 27.005 Mhz it
>>>wouldn't be picked up if you follow me. Besides there are regulations
>>>about electronic shielding and interference.

>> It was exactly on one of the FCC CB channels. If it was Ch15, it would
>> be 27.135MHz. [I did write it on a sticker on the mouse, but it
>> eventually got rubbed off.]

>That *should* have read ... 26.995 Mhz and 27.005 Mhz of course.

Ah, I see. "In the 27MHz CB band" and "channel 15" is not exactly 27MHz.
I've just re-checked it, and yes, it IS 27.135MHz.

The bandwidth of a CB transmission is not the important factor. It's the
bandwidth of the cordless mouse system. I doubt if it's inherently as
narrow as 10kHz. It's probably as broad a proverbial barn door.

Of course, a 2.4GHz mouse could also suffer from interference from all
the other domestic wireless links operating in that band and, of course,
from microwave ovens.
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