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    Wandering Mouse
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    Wandering Mouse
    Every once in a while, just as I'm about to scroll, my mouse's arrow takes off in a different direction than I want it to, usually ending up on the to or side of the screen. Any ideas?????
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    Is it an optical mouse on a wooden or glass desktop (no pad) ?
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    I have an optical mouse (compaq) that does that sometimes. Sorry, I can't tell you why!
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    your mousepad is to blame....the optical sensor might hit something on it registering it as a large movement, or if your cord hits something it might lift the mouse slightly also registering it as a few inch movement. make sure that everything is clean and shine-free
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    I have the same phenomenon and do not have a mouse pad this is because, with a 24inch screen the pads are too small. Are there any good large alternatives for a mouse pad?

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    I have changed mouse pads today for the same reason. I thought it was flattening batteries at first. But changed the mouse pad, which was new a week ago, and the problem has magically gone.

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    An optical mouse uses sight, not movement. It takes a snapshot of the surface below hundreds of times a second. It compares each image with the previous image, and from the difference it knows how far the mouse moved.

    I found that wood grain tends to confuse the optical mouses a lot. I think there is too much going on in the image for it to pick a good place marker. So it'll confuse some grains of the wood with others.

    One would think that an image with lots of character gives the optics lots of placemarkers to pick and therefore get better results. But I found that a blank piece of paper, or a flat black mouse pad gives the best, actually perfect, results.
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    A glossy desk gave my mouse the same grief. I'm not a fan of mouse pads. They're too small and thickness bugs me. Found this one that's ultra thin and very large. http://www.officedepot.com/ddSKU.do?...tk=all&An=text
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    Thanks opus az for the information

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    Thanks for all of the input. I have been using the mouse on my wood desk. I'll try a mousepad and hope this solves the problem. Glad to know I wasn't the only one to experience this. Thanks.
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    I guessed right about the wood desk!! =)
    Can I get a' arep!
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