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Mouse Woes [message #349979] Thu, 03 August 2017 20:32 Go to next message
Sky King is currently offline  Sky King
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All of a sudden my mouse refuses to work properly. I can't click and
drag text in Word (or any other application); sometimes the mouse
initially selects nothing but then highlights a completely different
block of text when I attempt to drag. If I am successful in selecting
a block of text, the block is deselected once I release the mouse
button I can't create a rectangular marquee in Photoshop. I can't
resize browser windows. When I try to move a Finder window by clicking
and dragging, the window closes. I can't resize columns in column view
in the Finder. These issues (and others) persist whether I'm using a
wired mouse or a wireless one (Logitech or Microsoft).

Computer is a dual-processor MDD running OS 10.5.8. I have run Disk
First Aid and even reinstalled the OS, all to no avail.

How do I fix this? I've searched the Internet but have not found a
solution.


Michael McMurtrey
Carrollton, TX







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Re: Mouse Woes [message #349986 is a reply to message #349979] Thu, 03 August 2017 23:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bruce Johnson is currently offline  Bruce Johnson
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On Aug 3, 2017, at 5:32 PM, Michael McMurtrey <mcmurtreyjames@twc.com<mailto:mcmurtreyjames@twc.com>> wrote:

All of a sudden my mouse refuses to work properly. I can't click and drag text in Word (or any other application); sometimes the mouse initially selects nothing but then highlights a completely different block of text when I attempt to drag. If I am successful in selecting a block of text, the block is deselected once I release the mouse button I can't create a rectangular marquee in Photoshop. I can't resize browser windows. When I try to move a Finder window by clicking and dragging, the window closes. I can't resize columns in column view in the Finder. These issues (and others) persist whether I'm using a wired mouse or a wireless one (Logitech or Microsoft).

Computer is a dual-processor MDD running OS 10.5.8. I have run Disk First Aid and even reinstalled the OS, all to no avail.

Have you tried making changes to your mouse prefs and then changing them back? Sometimes that fixes weird issues.

Make sure no weird things have been turned on in Accessibility prefs, this can cause issues like this.

Create another account and see if you have the same problem.

If not (and I suspect so, since you did the equivalent of checking the air in your tires and rebuilding your engine because the window in your car won’t roll up 8-) find the mouse prefs plist files in your user ~/Library folder (I don’t remember where it is in 10.5.8) and delete it.

In 10.12 it's in ~/Library/.GlobalPreferences.plist (note the leading dot, meaning it’s a hidden file. ) You can open a terminal window and do rm Library/Prefereneces/.GlobalPreferences.plist , log off and log back in and see if your mouse behaves.

This will wipe out a lot of preferences, though.

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Re: Mouse Woes [message #350000 is a reply to message #349986] Fri, 04 August 2017 11:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The problem, as it turns out, may simply be due to interference with
the wireless mice from either my iPhone or our home wi-fi network. I
usually have the iPhone (6S+) close by, and our Spectrum cable monitor
(Ubee) is close by the computer as well. I plugged in a generic "made
in China" wired USB optical mouse, and the problems went away,
although I was certain I had experienced the same issues with it
earlier as with the wireless mice. Also, the wireless mice worked fine
until just recently, when it developed issues all at once across a
broad range of applications and games. I live in an apartment complex,
and my iPhone indicates the presence of several home wi-fi networks
among the neighbors, so perhaps the interference is coming from one or
more of them.

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll file them for future reference. I did
try deleting the mouse prefs plist earlier while working the problem,
but that did not resolve the issues with the wireless mice.

Michael McMurtrey
Carrollton, TX





On Aug 3, 2017, at 10:16 PM, Bruce Johnson wrote:

>
>> On Aug 3, 2017, at 5:32 PM, Michael McMurtrey
>> <mcmurtreyjames@twc.com> wrote:
>>
>> All of a sudden my mouse refuses to work properly. I can't click
>> and drag text in Word (or any other application); sometimes the
>> mouse initially selects nothing but then highlights a completely
>> different block of text when I attempt to drag. If I am successful
>> in selecting a block of text, the block is deselected once I
>> release the mouse button I can't create a rectangular marquee in
>> Photoshop. I can't resize browser windows. When I try to move a
>> Finder window by clicking and dragging, the window closes. I can't
>> resize columns in column view in the Finder. These issues (and
>> others) persist whether I'm using a wired mouse or a wireless one
>> (Logitech or Microsoft).
>>
>> Computer is a dual-processor MDD running OS 10.5.8. I have run Disk
>> First Aid and even reinstalled the OS, all to no avail.
>
> Have you tried making changes to your mouse prefs and then changing
> them back? Sometimes that fixes weird issues.
>
> Make sure no weird things have been turned on in Accessibility
> prefs, this can cause issues like this.
>
> Create another account and see if you have the same problem.
>
> If not (and I suspect so, since you did the equivalent of checking
> the air in your tires and rebuilding your engine because the window
> in your car won’t roll up 8-) find the mouse prefs plist files in
> your user ~/Library folder (I don’t remember where it is in 10.5.8)
> and delete it.
>
> In 10.12 it's in ~/Library/.GlobalPreferences.plist (note the
> leading dot, meaning it’s a hidden file. ) You can open a terminal
> window and do rm Library/Prefereneces/.GlobalPreferences.plist , log
> off and log back in and see if your mouse behaves.
>
> This will wipe out a lot of preferences, though.
>
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> Bruce Johnson
> University of Arizona
> College of Pharmacy
> Information Technology Group
>
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>
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Re: Mouse Woes [message #350002 is a reply to message #350000] Fri, 04 August 2017 13:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bruce Johnson is currently offline  Bruce Johnson
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On Aug 4, 2017, at 8:00 AM, Michael McMurtrey <mcmurtreyjames@twc.com<mailto:mcmurtreyjames@twc.com>> wrote:

The problem, as it turns out, may simply be due to interference with the wireless mice from either my iPhone or our home wi-fi network. I usually have the iPhone (6S+) close by, and our Spectrum cable monitor (Ubee) is close by the computer as well. I plugged in a generic "made in China" wired USB optical mouse, and the problems went away, although I was certain I had experienced the same issues with it earlier as with the wireless mice. Also, the wireless mice worked fine until just recently, when it developed issues all at once across a broad range of applications and games. I live in an apartment complex, and my iPhone indicates the presence of several home wi-fi networks among the neighbors, so perhaps the interference is coming from one or more of them.

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll file them for future reference. I did try deleting the mouse prefs plist earlier while working the problem, but that did not resolve the issues with the wireless mice.

The 2,4Ghz band that generic wireless mice use is pretty crowded. It could be that a neighbor has put in a particularly noisy wireless device of some sort. It’s unlikely to be your devices unless you’ve changed them recently.

You might be better off getting a Bluetooth mouse, since the spec for that (IIRC) includes measures to manage interference from competing devices; but a wired one is pretyt much proof against any sort of interference like that.

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University of Arizona
College of Pharmacy
Information Technology Group

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Re: Mouse Woes [message #350006 is a reply to message #350000] Fri, 04 August 2017 17:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Il giorno 04/08/17 17:00, "Michael McMurtrey" ha scritto:

> The problem, as it turns out, may simply be due to interference with
> the wireless mice from either my iPhone or our home wi-fi network.

Then you originally gave erroneous information about your issue:

>> These issues (and
>> others) persist whether I'm using a wired mouse or a wireless one

If you originally stated that your issue was with the wireless mouse only,
it would have been clear from the beginning that the issue might likely come
from radio interference.


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Re: Mouse Woes [message #350007 is a reply to message #350006] Fri, 04 August 2017 17:34 Go to previous message
Sky King is currently offline  Sky King
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Well, excuse me! As I subsequently posted, I was in error when I made
that statement. In my frustration, I simply forgot that I had tried a
wired mouse. Gimme a break.

Michael McMurtrey
Carrollton, TX


On Aug 4, 2017, at 4:05 PM, Valter Prahlad wrote:

> Then you originally gave erroneous information about your issue:

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