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That's great news, Jox! emoticon emoticon emoticon  He sounds like he knows what he's talking about, too. emoticon

I should look around his site and see if he has an answer for my computer's screwiness. emoticon

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Yeah. I posted the link in case he had info you might could use.

I keep forgetting I got the wheel and side buttons back and keep doing without them. emoticon

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LMAO! I know how that goes. emoticon

Thank you for the link.  It was definitely worth a shot. emoticon  I searched the guy's site for my mouse problem with no luck, but I was inspired to Google for the new symptoms and found a couple of sites saying to uninstall the mouse driver.  So, I uninstalled, then plugged in mouse #1, rebooted, and the mouse was still shaky.  After switching back to mouse #2, a popup said the driver was ready to install and asked if I wanted to reboot, so I rebooted.  I ended up doing this a couple of times, switching mice back and forth, probably not letting a full install happen with the same mouse plugged in.  I guess I'm just too impatient.

So anyway, finally doing a full uninstall/reinstall (with 2 reboots) with mouse #2, it hasn't stopped in the few minutes I've been back on the computer – so far so good with mouse #2 (it hasn't frozen up yet), but when I plug mouse #1 back in, it still zips all over the screen.  So there is probably something wrong with mouse #1, and I don't know if this is possible, but maybe it screwed up the old driver?  There has to be a reason why both mice were screwing up but one seems fine now.

I should've thought of uninstalling the mouse driver after reading your first post. :doh:  Hopefully mouse #2 will continue to be ok...

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Joxcenia said:

The worst part about this whole thing is I could have had it all solved in one day if I'd known then what I learned over the past couple of weeks. emoticon Oh well, I guess maybe there was a lesson I needed to learn, and hopefully I learned it so I don't have to repeat this whole thing all over again. :grin:

Somehow I missed that post before.  Yes, the good news is that you probably learned a lot from this.  The bad news is you probably won't ever encounter this problem again.  Then again, it seems a common problem when upgrading to XP pro, so you might run across someone eventually who could use this information.  The thought actually crossed my mind to forward the link to both Microsoft and Dell, but then I figured they would probably ignore it anyway and continue to tell people to reformat their computers. emoticon 

Did you read the comment on that blog where someone said their friend was told to reformat their computer because their monitor didn't work? emoticon  The real problem was that the guy didn't screw the cable in and it eventually came out, but the tech didn't even ask what should have been the first question, "Is the monitor plugged in?" emoticon  If it had been plugged in, the 2nd question any decent tech would have asked is, "Is there a light on your monitor to tell you that it's on?"  But did the "tech" ask either question?  No.  He/She just told him to reformat and reinstall and then upgrade to Pro, and he still would have had the same problem because Pro is what causes the USBs to stop working in the first place. emoticon

Ok, enough ranting about so-called techs who know even less than I do in this area.  It's too bad all the big companies outsource, or I would try to get a job as a phone or live chat tech. emoticon

One last comment about the uninstall/reinstall:  I should have thought of the driver like a cookie... Sometimes they just get corrupted and need to be deleted and replaced.  Maybe this way of thinking about drivers will help with future problems.

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You might want to try turning off the "System Restore" before uninstalling/installing your mouse. Then turn it back on when done. I tried that before I knew it was the USB instead of the keyboard & mouse.

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Did you read the comment on that blog where someone said their friend was told to reformat their computer because their monitor didn't work?



I saw several comments where they were told to reformat their harddrive for various reasons. emoticon Someone should tell them to google. emoticon

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yeah some people find it funny to give bad advice to those that arnt that computer literate, I think they are the same people that enjoy cruelty to animals too! emoticon

I have my driver cd's set up in such a way that sometimes its easier for me to format than fix the problem lol, I have all my cd's set ready to go and the format takes me no longer than 20 mins to have it back to normal with a fresh hard drive emoticon

pity I can get a better cpu the same way emoticon

the ball on my mouse is almost flat lol that'll teach me for using the table and not a mouse mat emoticon
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Jox said:

You might want to try turning off the "System Restore" before uninstalling/installing your mouse. Then turn it back on when done. I tried that before I knew it was the USB instead of the keyboard & mouse.

Now you tell me. emoticon  Luckily I didn't have any problems with the uninstall/reinstall. emoticon

I saw several comments where they were told to reformat their harddrive for various reasons. emoticon Someone should tell them to google. emoticon

Any time anyone asks me a question offline that I don't know the answer to and nobody else around seems to know, I tell them to get online and Google it. emoticon


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yeah some people find it funny to give bad advice to those that arnt that computer literate, I think they are the same people that enjoy cruelty to animals too! emoticon

Those people should be fired for telling so many people to reformat without actually trying to figure out the problem.

the ball on my mouse is almost flat lol that'll teach me for using the table and not a mouse mat emoticon

How is that even possible? emoticon  At any rate, why don't you get a new mouse?  Ball mice don't cost that much, and it's definitely better than the aggravation an uneven ball would cause.

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Are there not replacement balls out there to buy? :confused:

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I was thinking the same thing after making that post. I seem to recall a joke that had to do with replacement mouse balls and used double entendres.

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