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I have XP Professional, still at SP-1.  I built my own pc last year and have had no problems so far.  I have a microsoft intellimouse optical usb - it has the buttons on the sides.  Recently, while using my computer, I hear the hardware disconnect tone and immediately the reconnect tone, and the optical light goes on and off - it's as if I am unplugging the mouse and putting it back in right away.

My first thought was that the usb port was going bad, but I have moved to a port in the front and it is still doing the same thing.  I have drivers from the internet, and have not changed those drivers since I got the mouse.  Now I am wondering if either my mouse or my motherboard is going bad.  I would be surprised if the mouse was, because these things are typically pretty tough to break.  I do game quite a bit so maybe that has had a bad impact on it.  If it is the motherboard acting up, I would NOT be surprised - as I went with a cheap, generic provider when I built the pc - matsonic is the manufacturer.

Does anyone have any ideas?  Also, could a virus / trojan cause this?  I downloaded something that seemed suspicious the same day that this started happening, but I updated norton, ran a full scan, and it didn't find anything.  Also have scanned with adaware up-to-date.  No other hardware is doing this, just the mouse.

Thanks in advance.
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by:zoidbergman
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http://www.techimo.com/forum/t54795.html
http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/t1060609752
http://computing.net/windowsxp/wwwboard/forum/15752.html
This is what a simple altavista search brought up... (I'm one of the few people in the world who use altavista.)
I trust these will answer your question pretty well!
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by:jonnyz0109
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So other people are having the same problem, but I see no definitive solutions.  Also seems to be many with the Intellimouse... but all of the above 3 examples mentioned that this happens more during increased CPU usage.  I thought I was crazy, so I didn't originally post this, but it does seem to happen a LOT while I am gaming - definately increased CPU usage.  I was gaming right before I posted this, and it happened at least 10 times in just the 10 minutes I was playing... thats the reason I got out, was to solve this once and for all.  After posting I watched a movie, and it's been almost 2 hours.  Not once has the mouse disconnected (I would have noticed as my headphones have been on the entire time).  I'm really starting to wonder if it is the mobo going crazy with powering the USB hubs.  But then again, my keyboard is USB and it seems to continue working even through the mouse going crazy (while gaming, I can still move around with the keyboard and get myself safely into corners while I can't aim or shoot...).

Most of this post is thinking "out loud" but maybe some of this will spark an idea...
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OliWarner earned 200 total points
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I used to have it too... Until I swiched to the cordless Logitech MX1000...

I believe it was the mouse cord as I knew a few people that had the same problem too. A bit of jimmying the cable around managed to fix it but I just got too annoyed with it and swapped my mouse.
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by:zoidbergman
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oooh, i know what you're talking about! I've had this problem with an iPAQ cradle. The cable had been pinched, and it would disconnect on me, but only when I moved the cradle would it happen. Try isolating the mouse when it is connected and see if it disconnects on its own. If it doesn't, and you absolutely can't stand to get a new mouse, tape the cord to your desk at several equal intervals down the cord. Manipulate each section until you hear it disconnect, and then proceed to cut the cord. When/if you do, make sure to match the wire colors!
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by:OliWarner
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Erk... I'm not sure if I'd suggest that...
The cables in a mouse cord are tiny...
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by:zoidbergman
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true, but desperate times call for desperate measures! If not, might I recommend the new logitech mx1000 cordless laser mouse.
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by:OliWarner
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yeah i have one =) they're sweet
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by:jonnyz0109
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haha guys well I think it might be the whole cable getting messed up... there is a section just before where the cord goes into the mouse that seems like it is strained, or slitted.  I guess I'm just going to have to go get a new mouse.

Wireless - no can do, I game :)   I Like the way the microsoft mouse feels in my hand, its big and easy to hold on to.. although its really the only one I've ever had.  I guess its time for a trip to compusa :)

Anyway if anyone else can think of any reason this would be happening other then the mouse cable being shot, please let me know.  I won't close this question until I have a new mouse and it's working (because if it DOESNT work then we know there is another problem somewhere).

Thanks again.
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by:OliWarner
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The MX1000 is perfect for gaming...  I game too =)

Super high resolution (like x60 of your current mouse)
and it uses fast-rf which is as fast as USB...

I've found it better in just about everything especially CS:Source
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by:zoidbergman
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Naw dude, I'm a heavy duty gamer too, ut2k4, bfv, mohaa, the works. This new logitech, it's a whole new technology, a technology that makes my mouse the equivalent of $10 speakers. This thing is eye candy!
And hey, I did help you here, right?
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by:jonnyz0109
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well then I guess i'm going to have to check this out!  btw zoid you play mohaa realism?  i'm in the =7= clan

And another question - is there a non-wireless version of the mx1000?  I really REALLY don't need wireless... literally no use for it, and I'd rather not spend the extra money for the wireless functionality.

Thanks for the suggestions guys they have been helpful :)
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by:OliWarner
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No... wireless only on the lazer-mouse front...

Its expensive and over the top but damn... I love it...
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by:jonnyz0109
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too bad... $80 is way more then I can spend on a mouse...   looks real nice though
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by:zoidbergman
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yeah, i play mohaa, but i've never heard of mohaa "realism." I have seen =7= clan people before though, so there's that chance.
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by:jonnyz0109
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cool, realism makes it so it takes less shots to kill some1... the most popular is CKR realism, and that's mostly what I play.  Gonna be going to a computer fair tomorrow and I'll check out some mice.  I am definately thinking its the cord, because if I pull it taught while it is disconnecting, it behaves for a while.
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sounds like the problem to me!
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by:jonnyz0109
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I got the Logitech mx700 - wireless optical - for 50 bucks.  Now I have to get used to it.  First round playing, I immediately went back to my old MS mouse...

Thanks guys
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whoa... wait a moment here... i helped you figure out what was wrong with your mouse and i didn't get any credit?
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by:jonnyz0109
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From the post that I accepted:
"I believe it was the mouse cord as I knew a few people that had the same problem too. A bit of jimmying the cable around managed to fix it but I just got too annoyed with it and swapped my mouse."

And... A bit of jimmying the cable around managed to fix the mouse for about 20 minutes at a time, but I just got too annoyed with it and swapped my mouse.  :o)

That was the problem, and you know, until he suggested that, I hadn't even thought about it.  But as soon as I read his comming, I examined my cord, and there I found the cut insulation.

Sorry Zoid... I guess you just weren't quick enough.  Welcome to EE btw... and don't get discouraged, you will being accumulating points regularly very soon.  When I first started here, I was discouraged when I knew I had answered correctly but the author of the question didn't give me any points... it goes that way sometimes, because not everyone can get points in every question, especially when the answer was something simple, and there really isnt any collaboration of ideas (as in the case of this question).

Hope this explains my handing out the points in the way that I did.

~ Jonny
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