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3.09.2009

Geek Break: Logitech mini optical (cordless) mouse & Vista

One of the things you have to go through when you get a new computer is working through all of the little issues. Just like getting a new car, or a new pair of shoes, or even adapting to a new relationship, you're faced with breaking it in and getting to know its quirks, strengths, and weaknesses. This weekend was spent fighting with my mouse...

I've used the same mouse for the past two yearsthe Logitech mini optical mouseand now Nettl's using it with the Dell laptop I used before I got this Toshiba. For 20 bucks, it's a great mouse. When I went to get a new mouse, I got the same model, not knowing that it would have issues with Vista 64-bit. Actually, it worked like a charm for a week, then it suddenly began acting weird and was unresponsive at times. Being the geek that I am, I immediately started combing the forums via Google, looking for an answer. I'm writing this blog entry so that other people will find it and will get their mouse and Vista in synch.

The first thing I did was download Logitech's Setpoint 4.00 for Vista 32 & 64 bit. It has a setup interface as well as a battery life meter. Can't hurt. After that was installed and configured, I restarted my computer, plugged in the USB and hit the reset button on the bottom of the mouse (don't use your finger, use a key or a paperclip, or something, and hold the mouse down by the USB). I've had no problems with the mouse since. It sounds easy, but I spent all Friday night and all of Saturday looking for a solution. I hope this helps you Google Searchers get it done faster!

This Geek Break is officially over.

15 comments :

  1. I bought this same mouse when I got my laptop and it did the same thing to me - and even worse, it kept crashing my computer. I took it back to Staples and got a regular USB plug-in mouse and haven't had any problems since. Wish I'd known this before. Oh well.

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  2. Oops! wrong mouse. What I had was a wireless one, which I replaced with a regular plug-in mouse. Coffee, coffee - I need coffee! Brain's not in gear, yet! haha

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  3. I don't know what I'm talking about right now! haha It was the same mouse! I'm going off to drink my coffee now.

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  4. You're such a geek...and I love it! :D

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  5. A question from a certified non-geek:
    Why a wireless mouse?

    Btw,
    I am trying to figure out the funny German above, here's my best try:

    Shoo-fly pie served with ice cream and a twist of lemon peel?

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  6. eh...new technology that doesn't work.

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  7. Merisi: I'm seriously laughing out loud! I was trying to say "Flying monkeys will be served on ice with a twist of lemon." I like having a cordless mouse on my laptop because 1) I don't like using the touch pad and 2) I don't like... having cords hanging around. The power cord is bad enough!

    Sorry about my bad German...

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  8. Yeah, I was busting up too. I Babeled what you originally wrote, and it said "Fly ape on ice with a torsion of lemon"
    Fly Ape!! LOLOL

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  9. "Don't forget the meat-dropping owls!"

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  10. *giggle*
    I thought you had used Babelfish and I tried to translate back into English. ;-)

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  11. Oops! wrong mouse. What I had was a wireless one, which I replaced with a regular plug-in mouse. Coffee, coffee - I need coffee! Brain's not in gear, yet! haha

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