Flying cursor

Posted by: drjohn

Flying cursor - 10/20/03 02:29 AM

There are at least two of us that have what my friend, who happens to be a Mac Systems Specialist, calls the flying cursor. We both have DP867 machines with a cursor that occasionly has a mind of it's own. It will jump to some other location on the screen with no input given. If it choses my "hot spot" corner the screensaver starts up. He thought it might be the mouse but now says that the same thing happened when he tried a Microsoft mouse. He says he can't find any reports of this behavior and wonders it we are the only ones. Does anyone else have this problem or have you seen anything about it?<br><br>
Posted by: Trog

Re: Flying cursor - 10/20/03 07:20 AM

Is it an optical mouse?<br><br>I see this all the time with my mouse if I'm using a particular mouse pad or surface. Some surfaces will cause an incorrect reflection and the mouse ends up somewhere else. I know it to be the case, because if I switch to a different surface or mousepad the problem goes away (and vice-versa).<br><br>edit: oh, you said "with no input given". Should have read your post first <br> <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Trog on 10/20/03 03:21 AM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
Posted by: iraszl

Re: Flying cursor - 10/20/03 08:10 AM

Yes it happens with optical mouse on shiny surfaces or printed materials, where the grid of printing as a repeating pattern confuses the mouse. I even had a very cool gel filled mouse pad, from RadioShack, which doesn't work with some optical mouses, because it has a shiny elastic material as it's surface. <br><br>[color:blue]Your unsolicited Apple authority</font color=blue>
Posted by: drjohn

Re: Flying cursor - 10/20/03 06:41 PM

We both have optical mice and the same thing happens with Apple's and Microsoft's mouse. It's only an occasional thing so I guess we were just wondering if it was our system or the mouse. Probably the mouse. Mine's on a keyboard pull-out shelf so it's possible that the mouse picked up some vibration or a bump. It's no big deal but nice to know it happens to others.<br><br>