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My mouse locks up

My mouse, when it locks up, only moves vertically, no side to side movements. I tried new drivers and checked the plugs but everything is in order. The locking up comes and goes. What can be causing this? I thought it mightve been because I left my computer on for 2 days and it mustve gotten too hot but I shutted it off for a day and this still happens.
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MaxDamaged
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RoadWarriorCommented:
Usually when the software screws up, it won't cause an error like that, also it is unlikely to be an error at the point where the cable plugs into the computer, because the data has been converted to serial form by this point so a bad connection here will cause errors in all directions of movement (unless it is a bus mouse, rather rare these days) which leaves the mouse itself.

First thing to try is to give the mouse a really good clean, an old toothbrush used dry or with small amounts of alcohol works well for this, if your mouse is not under warranty and you are comfortable taking it apart, do so, you may find some hair or something caught up around the horizontal shutter wheel and sensors inside. Otherwise, just do the best you can through the ball hole trapdoor.

If that fails to cure it, I would next suspect a bad connection in the horizontal sensor circuit, you may choose to return the mouse at this point if under warranty, replace it, or maybe if you know someone who can use a soldering iron and knows some electronics, get them to have a look at the joints in the horizontal sensor circuits and resolder them.

value your time, is it worth $10 an hour, $20 an hour?? well since you can get a cheap replacement mouse for $5, you may feel this problem only to be worth another quarter to half an hour of your time, which it will undoubtedly waste in a day if left unfixed, or may absorb in the fixing, so consider just replacing the mouse.

regards,

Road Warrior

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MaxDamagedAuthor Commented:
My computer is 2 years old and out of warranty. I love this mouse (Intellimouse) and cant give it up for a 2-button regular one. (hehe). Lemme reject this answer and see if anyone else posts any other comments and if no one responds, I will transfer the points.
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jmfairchildCommented:
You can buy a brand new Intellimouse with wheel for under $20 on the net. If you just have to have the one you are using, have you tried checking inside the mouse as RoadWarrior suggested? I have an Intellimouse that I wouldn't part with either, but I have to give it a good cleaning at least once a month or it does what you are describing.
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joopvCommented:
probably the bearings for the vertical ax (that detects the horizontal movements) is dirty and stuck.

You can not clean it from the ball opening but you will have to open up the mouse with a phillips screwdriver.

Just open the unit and clean the inside properly.  Remove the axes and clean the bearings.  That should take your problem away.
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MaxDamagedAuthor Commented:
Ill try these suggestions. Thanks
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swestonCommented:
Almost always your described symptoms,
especially since they are intermitant are indicative of a dirty axle or whatever they call it.  When you open it by removing the plate that holds the ball in place you'll find all kinds of crud.  Clean it and it should work again.  I have to clean mine every few weeks.  

Give Road Warrior the points for a very
complete answer.
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MaxDamagedAuthor Commented:
I will give roadwarrior the points since he was the first. Thanks to everybody for commenting or helping. I really appreciate it. Post as an answer RW.
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RoadWarriorCommented:
Thank you MaxDamaged.

Next time you are in a computer shop, have a look around and see if you can find a mouse cleaning tool, they have a ball shaped brush on each end, cost you a couple of dollars, but if you twiddle one around inside your mouse ball hole every couple of weeks, then that should keep a build up of muck and fluff from happening and getting into the rest of the workings,

regards,

Road Warrior
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MaxDamagedAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info, although with the new mouse Im considering buying, Intellimouse Explorer, dust wont be such an annoyance.
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