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I AM USING WIN XP,  AND FOR THE PAST 2 WEEKS MY MOUSE IS GOING CRAZY.

IT MOVES UP AND DOWN LEFT AND RIGHT, AND HAVE NO CONTROL OVER IT.

I HAVE CHANGED THE MOUSE BUT THE PROBLEM IS STILL THERE.

HAVE ALSO RUN NORTON ANTIVIRUS 2004 AND HAS FOUND NO VIRUSES.

IT IS DRIVING ME CRAZY !!!!.   PLS COME BACK ASAP.

tHANKS,
THANASIS.
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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Hello THAN04 =)

Your mouse is getting dirty and old.... get a new one :)
Its the most common problem with optical mouses... you can still try to clean it first to clean away the dirt etc etc.... but im afraid that you need a new one at this stage !! =)
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by:sunray_2003
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Hi THAN04,
> I HAVE CHANGED THE MOUSE BUT THE PROBLEM IS STILL THERE.

go to device manager
click on mice and other devices
uninstall the mouse listed there

restart your computer
plug in the changed mouse and see what happens.

Are you sure you have not installed any new programs relating to mouse like togglemouse etc ..
if yes , uninstall the program

when does it move up and down , working on specific application or even when you just login to windows.


SR..
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by:sunray_2003
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THAN04,

You may change the mouse and restore your machine 2 weeks back (if you think you wont lose any programs)

HOW TO: Restore the Operating System to a Previous State in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;306084 

Did you install any latest windows updates ?

Have you checked for virus and spywares recently ?

Are you connecting the mouse using USB and if yes, have you changed to a different USB port and checked
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by:DoTheDEW335
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We have a few dells in the office that did that, We had to switch from USB mouse to PS/2 and it solved the problem.
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by:sunray_2003
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DoTheDEW335,

Man you should have telepathy powers. how do you know the user has USB mouse..
Can you give me those mind-reading powers.
Will help me in my work place.
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by:Joseph O'Loughlin
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Believe it or not I had this problem with an optical mouse (works fine elsewhere) and a red lavalamp on the desk making the mouse jump about!
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by:tmorrison3
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Got any cute  "I love my Job" magnets on your monitor?
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by:tymes
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This type of behaviour is most common on Dell laptops (I'll use my pronosticating powers on that one).   If you do have a laptop disable the nipple or touchpad, or test to see if the mouse becomes erratic as you type or apply pressure near and around the touchpad.  The newer touchpad drivers have accidental protection so they are less sensitive to people brushing them while typing etc.  

If you've changed the mouse, the next step would be to change the port (use PS/2 instead of USB or vise versa).  A serial mouse would never move erratically on it's own (it might not move, but it won't move on it's own) unless there was a third party software issue -- now we get into software.  On desktops I've noticed the problem when switching between computers attached to a KVM (probably doesn't apply to you).  Otherwise keep the where you use the mouse clean of hairs and dust or try changing the mousepad or using a book or some other surface temporarily.

Remote viewing or control software (like VNC) could also be used to mess with the mouse, but since you're using XP you must have enabled the XP firewall right?  Disconnect yourself from the network temporarily to dismiss this possibility and scan your computer for spyware/malware.

Your first step to change the mouse was a good one, I normally would switch a common item between computers and see if the problem also moved.  My guess is that Dew was right about the Dell Laptop.

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by:Joseph O'Loughlin
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I think his capslock is stuck too
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by:meintsi
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One other idea....
Has anyone else had access to the pc?

There are several "prank" programs out on the web which can cause this type of behavior.  Just to be safe, go through the Task Manager and make sure there is not something running that shouldn't be.
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by:patrvic
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than04 there are all the options for you above.
 
my mouse used to move left and right too, for bout a few seconds once in a while, and only when i'm not using any applications...it has now stopped doing that all of a sudden...like they say it's not windows if it doesnt give you problems :).

TIPS:
1)see if you have enabled any accessability options. 2)unchecking mouse pointer shadow is a good idea.
3)get XP2

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by:patrvic
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than04 there are all the options for you above.
 
my mouse used to move left and right too, for bout a few seconds once in a while, and only when i'm not using any applications...it has now stopped doing that all of a sudden...like they say it's not windows if it doesnt give you problems :).

TIPS:
1)see if you have enabled any accessability options. 2)unchecking mouse pointer shadow is a good idea.
3)get SP2

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by:cpc2004
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This is a known problem at SP2.

Control panel - mouse - pointer options - and uncheck pointer precision

It will resolve your problem.


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by:gerodim
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Loipon thanasi, an den piasei tipota apo ayta apla dokimase ta eksis...
1) an to mouse einai ps2 tote dokimase ena usb i an einai usb ena ps2
2)dokimase to disko sou se mia alli motherboard na deis an to mouse paizei kanonika mipws einai provlima motherboard

English translation:

1)if the mouse is ps2 then try a usb or if its usb try a ps2
2)check out if your motherboard is ok because it may cause these types of problems....
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by:SkyvanMan
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Is it connected to a usb hub external of your pc? That can also cause the problem. Also someone may be pulling a prank on you. Make sure remote desktop is not allowed as a way to acces your computer and also ensure that no mouse other than the one you are using is plugged in. This is a common office practical joke that I have witnessed being continued on for weeks until the person figured it out.
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by:matthew1471
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Try disconnecting the computer from the network and the internet and see if the problem persits... Also it's worth a try going into the "Mouse" applet in control panel and uncheck pointer precision as "cpc20042" suggested above :)
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by:matthew1471
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there were so many good suggestions in this thread of solutions, these all seem to be hitting good points first :

sunray_2003, DoTheDEW335, atheist, tymes, meintsi, cpc2004, SkyvanMan

oh and me, I liked my suggestion about disconnecting it from the network (and internet) :P
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by:meintsi
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lol
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by:matthew1471
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anyone disagree with that? no I thought not :P

Problem solved

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by:matthew1471
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*Understands*

That's a fair enough point, sorry about my playful arrogance above, but it is unbelievably frustrating that we all submitted such great answers (Which lets face it they *all* are worth trying out), if I ever had the problem of a mouse wandering I'd head straight to this thread..

Guess the only recognition we'll get is a pat on the back :P
Well done guys anyway :)
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