Mouse won't work on mousepad after rinsing

Discussion in 'Peripherals' started by crazychicken, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. crazychicken

    crazychicken Platinum Member

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    I have kind of a fabric/nylon mouse pad (one of the ones with the attached wrist rest). It has been fine for years. A few days ago I rinsed it off in cold water and kind of rubbed it with my hand to get some grime off of it. It dried very quickly. Ever since, when I put the mouse on it it does not work AT ALL (this was several days ago, so it is certainly dry). It is like I have unplugged the mouse. Then I move the mouse to a different surface and it works fine.

    Has anyone ever heard of anything like this?

    David
     
  2. C1

    C1 Golden Member

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    LED mice dont work well on certain surfaces. To work best, they seem to require some kind of reflectivity as well as a patterned surface (printed or embossed). Most likely, cleaning the pad modified one of those attributes. Time for a new pad.

    PS: You might also also want to remove the ball from the mouse and clean the internal optical pickups/windows. Might result in a pleasant surprise.
     
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  3. birthdaymonkey

    birthdaymonkey Golden Member

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    Hold the phone... optical mice have balls? Or am I not getting a nostalgic joke?
     
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    crazychicken Platinum Member

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    I'm not sure where I got the idea, but I rubbed baby powder on the mouse pad and it is working perfectly again. Very, very strange.
     
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    Lol @ This thread, baby powder and mouse balls.
     
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    bruceb Diamond Member

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    I have a Logitech LX-7 wireless laser mouse and I just run it on a piece on white poster board paper. Works fine that way.
     
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