Erratic mouse behaviour

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Alyce Addertongue, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. Over the last month or so, the mouse (actually a mouse on a Wacom tablet)
    has been lagging farther and farther behind the physical movement - I move
    the mouse, there is a noticeable pause, then the cursor "runs to catch up,"
    usually overreaching and resulting in a drunken move-back-then-move-forward
    adjustment that is getting really irritating. There is a 'feeling' that the
    computer is busy off doing something else, using RAM, and is putting the
    mouse commands in a queue to wait for available memory. To combat this
    'feeling' I have increased the RAM to 1GB, but the delay continues to get
    worse...

    Where can I start looking for a reason for this behaviour? I have gone thru
    the System Log, but I don't see an obvious reason, nor can I find another
    program/service running that would take up all system resources like this.
    When I stick with one open window or program, it seems to 'settle down' for
    a while, then becomes erratic again for a while, then becomes predictable
    again for a while... obviously something is running in the background that
    grabs the mouse's resources - how can I find it?

    I've run a dozen malware and virus scanners, even a rootkit detector, and
    can't find a culprit...

    Dell Dimension 4550 - 3 yrs old
    Pentium 4 - 1.2 GHz
    1 GB Ram / Win XPHome
    Wacom 4X5 pen/mouse tablet, seems to be a MS driver dated 2001...?

    ~RL
     
    Alyce Addertongue, Aug 22, 2006
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  2. Alyce Addertongue

    Richard Guest

    Try going to Control Panel, Hardware, Device Manager and uninstall it.
    Reboot the computer and it should find it and re-install it. Might work!

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    Richard Woollacott
    Please look at http://www.sri-lanka.org.uk

    "Alyce Addertongue" <> wrote in message
    news:VcyGg.1262$...
    > Over the last month or so, the mouse (actually a mouse on a Wacom tablet)
    > has been lagging farther and farther behind the physical movement - I move
    > the mouse, there is a noticeable pause, then the cursor "runs to catch
    > up," usually overreaching and resulting in a drunken
    > move-back-then-move-forward adjustment that is getting really irritating.
    > There is a 'feeling' that the computer is busy off doing something else,
    > using RAM, and is putting the mouse commands in a queue to wait for
    > available memory. To combat this 'feeling' I have increased the RAM to
    > 1GB, but the delay continues to get worse...
    >
    > Where can I start looking for a reason for this behaviour? I have gone
    > thru the System Log, but I don't see an obvious reason, nor can I find
    > another program/service running that would take up all system resources
    > like this. When I stick with one open window or program, it seems to
    > 'settle down' for a while, then becomes erratic again for a while, then
    > becomes predictable again for a while... obviously something is running in
    > the background that grabs the mouse's resources - how can I find it?
    >
    > I've run a dozen malware and virus scanners, even a rootkit detector, and
    > can't find a culprit...
    >
    > Dell Dimension 4550 - 3 yrs old
    > Pentium 4 - 1.2 GHz
    > 1 GB Ram / Win XPHome
    > Wacom 4X5 pen/mouse tablet, seems to be a MS driver dated 2001...?
    >
    > ~RL
    >
     
    Richard, Aug 22, 2006
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  3. Alyce Addertongue

    Sven Guest

    "Richard" <rwoollacott(remove this)@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
    news:44eac6a0$...
    > Try going to Control Panel, Hardware, Device Manager and uninstall it.
    > Reboot the computer and it should find it and re-install it. Might work!
    >
    > --
    > Richard Woollacott
    > Please look at http://www.sri-lanka.org.uk
    >
    > "Alyce Addertongue" <> wrote in message
    > news:VcyGg.1262$...
    >> Over the last month or so, the mouse (actually a mouse on a Wacom tablet)
    >> has been lagging farther and farther behind the physical movement - I
    >> move the mouse, there is a noticeable pause, then the cursor "runs to
    >> catch up," usually overreaching and resulting in a drunken
    >> move-back-then-move-forward adjustment that is getting really irritating.
    >> There is a 'feeling' that the computer is busy off doing something else,
    >> using RAM, and is putting the mouse commands in a queue to wait for
    >> available memory. To combat this 'feeling' I have increased the RAM to
    >> 1GB, but the delay continues to get worse...
    >>
    >> Where can I start looking for a reason for this behaviour? I have gone
    >> thru the System Log, but I don't see an obvious reason, nor can I find
    >> another program/service running that would take up all system resources
    >> like this. When I stick with one open window or program, it seems to
    >> 'settle down' for a while, then becomes erratic again for a while, then
    >> becomes predictable again for a while... obviously something is running
    >> in the background that grabs the mouse's resources - how can I find it?
    >>
    >> I've run a dozen malware and virus scanners, even a rootkit detector, and
    >> can't find a culprit...
    >>
    >> Dell Dimension 4550 - 3 yrs old
    >> Pentium 4 - 1.2 GHz
    >> 1 GB Ram / Win XPHome
    >> Wacom 4X5 pen/mouse tablet, seems to be a MS driver dated 2001...?
    >>
    >> ~RL
    >>

    >
    >

    You have described the symptoms of a clogged-with-debris mouse. Try to
    remove as much of it as you can...canned air works well but sometimes a fine
    thread or hair becomes very tenacious. If you can't clear it out within a
    reasonable time then toss it....mice cost very little to buy



    --
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    Sven, Aug 28, 2006
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