Overcome your mouse frustrations

Just as YOURLifeChoices Editor, Debbie, was about to throw her mouse out of the window, Webmaster, Drew, came to her rescue and in a matter of seconds, had remedied the problem.

Each week, Debbie seems to have some problems with her computer and this week, it was her mouse sticking at a particular point which was causing her blood to boil. Having had a similar problem with my home wireless mouse recently, I quickly put into action my first hand knowledge.

Optical mouse

A optical mouse has a tiny camera that takes 1,500 pictures every second. Able to work on almost any surface, the mouse has a small, red light-emitting diode (LED) that bounces light off that surface onto a complimentary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensor.

With this in mind, turn over your mouse. The most common problem affecting a optical mouse is human or pet hairs get caught in the area between the bottom of the mouse and the red light-emitting diode. Remove all the hairs from around this area and your mouse should work like a dream.

Ball mouse

A ball mouse is much simpler in design than an optical mouse, the computer sensors the direct the ball inside the mouse rolls and your mouse cursor on screen reacts appropriately. Over time, the ball and the rollers inside the mouse will get dirty. You will need to pick the pieces of built up dirt off the inside of the mouse to ensure it rolls freely like when your first purchased it. You may not notice it rolling slower, but clean it and trust me, you will feel the difference.

Read more of Webmaster, Drew’s, simple tech tips.