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Most common Problem of Optical Mouse Solved

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    Have you ever faced a problem with your optical mouse(any brand - specially the lesser expensive ones like: techcomm, frontech, zebronics etc) ?after usage of 7-8 months(the duration differs) many optical mouse users face a problem of multiple clicks(2 or more than 2) on clicking just once. It becomes really hard to control the mouse clicks while browsing. This is a very common problem and I have faced this problem on three different optical mouses till date.

    Well, after searching for solutions on many sites I finally found a solution.

    Mousefix.exe is a very small free application which you will need to put in your startup folder and which will always run in the background in case your mouse is having the problem i said. It will monitor your mouse clicks and won't let it make false clicks. For interested people the entire source-code is also freely available.

    though this application was meant for Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer Optical Mouse, i tried it and it works fine with all such defective optical mouses. It only uses about 200KB of RAM in the background.



    MouseFix

    This is a small utility program I wrote to correct a problem that is experienced by some users of the Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer Optical Mouse, whose devices have defective microswitches under the buttons causing a single-click to be seen by Windows as a double-click (seemingly not "debounced" properly).

    Contrary to Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 266738 — IntelliMouse: Mouse Double-Clicks When You Try to Single-Click — this problem is most likely to be caused by faulty hardware. However, I couldn't be bothered sending my mouse back, so I wrote a software solution to the problem.

    For my mouse, the problem seems to be that the switch isn't "debounced" when you release the button — i.e. when you release it, it actually clicks again. Basically, the program intercepts "up" events for the left mouse button, and ignores any subsequent "up" events that follow within a very small time.
    Installing MouseFix

    1.Download the utility:
    * Download MouseFix utility (Windows NT/2000/XP only)
    2. Unzip, and place the files in C:\Program Files\MouseFix.
    3. Create a shortcut to MouseFix.exe and place it in the Startup folder of the Start menu.
    4. Log off and back on again — your mouse should no longer double-click by accident!

    If you manually run the executable, only run it once — you will not see anything to indicate the utility is running, but you should be able to locate the MouseFix.exe item in TaskManager (you can exit the utility by ending the task).

    Additional Notes

    This utility is provided free of charge and without a warrenty of any kind. I am not responsible for any damage or loss that may occur. USE ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

    This utility will only work on Windows NT, 2000 or XP. However, I have made the source-code available free of charge to anyone who is interested in it, and someone could probably adapt it to work on Windows 95/98/ME.

    * Download source code (MSVC6)
    source: Daniel Jackson - Fun - Old Stuff

    I hope this will help many users and eliminate the need of buying new mouse every now and then because of this problem. Plz share your experiences and opinions.
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    hmm.. something interesting n different.. good keep it up
    Am just the dreamer,,,, I dream my life away..:confused::confused:

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    Thanks for the info reps given

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    I didn't have any problem with my optical mouse till now.
    Anyway, nice job...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Tooth Fairy View Post
    hmm.. something interesting n different.. good keep it up
    Quote Originally Posted by cool_techie_tvm View Post
    Thanks for the info reps given
    thanks a lot. have you ever faced this problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by saurav_kataruka View Post
    thanks a lot. have you ever faced this problem?
    Indeed i am facing this problem and was thinking of switching the mouse

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    Quote Originally Posted by cool_techie_tvm View Post
    Indeed i am facing this problem and was thinking of switching the mouse
    Who is the manufacturer of your mouse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhaneshv View Post
    Who is the manufacturer of your mouse?
    Some Chinese firm termed Xecom

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    Quote Originally Posted by cool_techie_tvm View Post
    Indeed i am facing this problem and was thinking of switching the mouse
    have you tried this tool? is it working? i hope it will as it is in my case . i am using my techcomm mouse for the last 2-3 months with this tool which once i almost decided to throw away

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    Quote Originally Posted by saurav_kataruka View Post
    have you tried this tool? is it working? i hope it will as it is in my case . i am using my techcomm mouse for the last 2-3 months with this tool which once i almost decided to throw away
    Yes its working, thats why i repped u

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    I'm using the Compaq's Optical mouse that came with my assembled system.
    Its working fine and has been going on without any problem for years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhaneshv View Post
    I'm using the Compaq's Optical mouse that came with my assembled system.
    Its working fine and has been going on without any problem for years now.
    good for you. but in case you face this problem in future - this thread is here to help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saurav_kataruka View Post
    good for you. but in case you face this problem in future - this thread is here to help you.
    Then, let me reserve my thanks for you...

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    i am using microsoft mouse without any problem for 2 years....

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    I have the problem with the middle button, but this utility seems not to have any effect on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panchabhut View Post
    I have the problem with the middle button, but this utility seems not to have any effect on that.
    what problem do you exactly have?

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    exactly what u described, when middle click button is used to open a link in new tab (in FF3) it most of the time opens in 2-3 simultaneous new tabs. I'm using the HCL mouse in my office that originally came with the system 4 years back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panchabhut View Post
    exactly what u described, when middle click button is used to open a link in new tab (in FF3) it most of the time opens in 2-3 simultaneous new tabs. I'm using the HCL mouse in my office that originally came with the system 4 years back.
    well, i am not sure whether this application is written to monitor middle clicks ... maybe some enthusiastic coder can modify it for that reason too as the source code is also free

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    @panchabhut

    an update on your previous query:

    one of friends today called me up regarding a similar problem that you were talking of. i mailed him this app. it worked fine for him. i think this app might not be compatible with your mouse brand. which brand are you actually using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by panchabhut View Post
    exactly what u described, when middle click button is used to open a link in new tab (in FF3) it most of the time opens in 2-3 simultaneous new tabs. I'm using the HCL mouse in my office that originally came with the system 4 years back.
    I am using a scroll enabled mouse for sometime, yet i am ashamed to admit i didnt knew about this. That scroll button can be used to open links in new tabs. Thanks indeed for the info.

    Repped !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cool_techie_tvm View Post
    I am using a scroll enabled mouse for sometime, yet i am ashamed to admit i didnt knew about this. That scroll button can be used to open links in new tabs. Thanks indeed for the info.

    Repped !!
    i really cant believe that youuuu didnt knew this ...

    you can infact use the scroll click in any way you want by configuring it from the control panel ... i used it as the left click for many days before finding this solution for my defective mouse

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    @ cool techie
    thanks

    @ saurav
    its HCL branded. don't know whether its their own product or not.

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    I randomly face the problem of dancing pointer! in which, point moves without any corresponding movement in mouse.

    anyone knows how to fix this issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary4gar View Post
    I randomly face the problem of dancing pointer! in which, point moves without any corresponding movement in mouse.

    anyone knows how to fix this issue?
    Hire an exorcist....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary4gar View Post
    I randomly face the problem of dancing pointer! in which, point moves without any corresponding movement in mouse.

    anyone knows how to fix this issue?
    another very common problem.

    possible causes and suggestions:

    1) use a soft opaque surface beneath your optical mouse. optical mouses are known to face this issue on shiny or glassy surfaces.

    2) this generally happens due to the effect of some other plug and play device. try to use the mouse with different permutations of various plug-n-play(usb) devices by removing each device one by one.

    3) try cleaning the optical sensor surface of the mouse using some brush or wind blow

    4) the mouse sensitivity might have been increased accidentally in the control panel mouse settings and this dancing behaviour problem may occur in such case even due to slightest of air/wind - even of overhead fans.

    5) rarely but some viruses are known to exhibit such behaviour. but this is rare.


    try these things .... i hope one of them will work for you. otherwise get yourself a new one ...

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by saurav_kataruka View Post
    another very common problem.

    possible causes and suggestions:

    1) use a soft opaque surface beneath your optical mouse. optical mouses are known to face this issue on shiny or glassy surfaces.

    2) this generally happens due to the effect of some other plug and play device. try to use the mouse with different permutations of various plug-n-play(usb) devices by removing each device one by one.

    3) try cleaning the optical sensor surface of the mouse using some brush or wind blow

    4) the mouse sensitivity might have been increased accidentally in the control panel mouse settings and this dancing behaviour problem may occur in such case even due to slightest of air/wind - even of overhead fans.

    5) rarely but some viruses are known to exhibit such behaviour. but this is rare.


    try these things .... i hope one of them will work for you. otherwise get yourself a new one ...

    Thanks
    Thanks a lot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary4gar View Post
    Thanks a lot!
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    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to saurav_kataruka again
    thanks ... did any of these work for u?

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    Quote Originally Posted by saurav_kataruka View Post
    thanks ... did any of these work for u?
    I brought a new mouse:P
    Hardware is dirt cheap these days

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary4gar View Post
    I brought a new mouse:P
    Hardware is dirt cheap these days
    that indeed was the better option ..

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    Good one. Thanks for sharing.

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    Welll I think MouseFix utility is needed for cheap optical mouses & not for good branded ones !

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    Default Thanks a lot

    This solution does seem to work for me and I have registered on this site to thank you saurav you saved my previous INR rupees (even though of my company)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hiteshgoldeneye View Post
    This solution does seem to work for me and I have registered on this site to thank you saurav you saved my previous INR rupees (even though of my company)
    >> I mean precious INR Rupees sorry typo error

    but saurav i have a new problem, the single click works fine but when i try to drag and drop, it doesnt work very well. Any solution to this?

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    Ok first, thanks sourav for sharing this idea.

    Now many people are facing this problem of optical mouses.
    including double clicking on single click & dragging problems.

    Let me tell you that this is not always a software problem,infact the two above specified problems are mostly due to a worn out mouse clicker or switch.
    so you will have to get the switch repaired or repair it yourself if don't wanna buy a new one.
    here is the whole procedure to repair the switch yourself(now i can't post the link due to that 15 post rule)1. go to google.com-->type "mouse switch repair"-->click on the result from "ovelockers dot com".

    This solved my problem & hope so for you.

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    Ok first, thanks sourav for sharing this idea.

    Now many people are facing this problem of optical mouses.
    including double clicking on single click & dragging problems.

    Let me tell you that this is not always a software problem,infact the two above specified problems are mostly due to a worn out mouse clicker or switch.
    so you will have to get the switch repaired or repair it yourself if don't wanna buy a new one.
    here is the whole procedure to repair the switch yourself(now i can't post the link due to that 15 post rule)1. go to google.com-->type "mouse switch repair"-->click on the result from "ovelockers dot com".

    This solved my problem & hope so for you.

    I'm using a ~60 Rs frontech mouse for last 2 yrs.Now prices are lower.
    Who repairs mouse???
    Last edited by axel; 25th March 2011 at 09:12 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by axel View Post
    I'm using a ~60 Rs frontech mouse for last 2 yrs.Now prices are lower.
    Who repairs mouse???
    That's what i said "if you don't wanna buy a new one".
    coz some people have interest in such repairing works.
    anyway, i do have & i'm sure if you repair something of yours it gives a nice feeling somewhere.

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    i am currently using Dell optical mouse and it is wired. The performance is optimum! Thanks for the knowledge sharing, by the way :-)

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    Hi,

    I am facing different problem with my optical mouse. My mouse's direction is changed after I restarted my machine.

    When I move mouse to right side, the pointer moves at bottom side and when I move it to left it moves to up. Vice-versa with top and bottom, moves right and left.

    I am not sure whether the file you have provide will work or not. Please confirm whether it will fix this problem also.

    I am using Windows XP SP3 and the mouse is UMAX Model # 0116.

    Thanks, Divyesh

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    thanks for different post

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