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Computer Question
« on: July 17, 2006, 10:04:59 AM »
Hi Guys, wasn't sure if this was the spot to post this or not.  I have a question I'm hoping someone can help me with.  I just got a new laptop.  An Acer Aspire 7100 series.  Great machine.  Runs windows Home XP.  I have 1 gig ram and an 80 gig hard drive in it.  My problem is that I have a microsoft wireless mouse that plugs into a USB port.  When I have the mouse plugged in the screen saver doesn't work.  When it's not plugged in it works.  I've tried it in every USB port and the same thing.
Any idea if this is a software glitch?  Is there a fix?



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Re: Computer Question
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2006, 10:37:22 AM »
That's weird.  I have no idea as I'm not very computer savy.  What I do when I have a problem is type your problem into Google.  Literally type "My screensaver dosen't work when I have my mouse plugged into the usb" or something like that.  More often than not you'll stumble across an answer in a tech forum or something.

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Re: Computer Question
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2006, 02:05:56 PM »
Well.   I don't have a wireless mouse.  But, there might be a setting in the screensaver part where you can tell it not to use the mouse to disable the screensaver.  Only use key presses..   See if there is a setting for that.

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Re: Computer Question
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2006, 05:00:20 PM »
I think there is an option for that in the control panel in the mouse settings.  That just might work.  I'll give it a try. 
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Re: Computer Question
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2006, 09:08:42 AM »
Well I turned off that option and it still doesn't come on.  I can manually turn it on and it works by double clicking a shortcut I put on my desktop.  weird.  Thanks!  Enjoy the honeymoon!



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Re: Computer Question
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2006, 10:49:16 AM »
Hmm..  weird stuff.   you might be able to disable usb devices in the bios to make it quit doing that.   

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Re: Computer Question
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2006, 12:12:08 PM »
I sent an email to the machines maker.  Still waiting for a response.  Welcome to my old world!  Recovery ain't what it used to be!



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Re: Computer Question
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2006, 01:48:50 PM »
I am enjoying myself..  Too many beers. 

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Re: Computer Question
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2006, 09:42:49 PM »
Tell me what the computer maker says.   I'm curious too how to fix that problem.

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Re: Computer Question
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2006, 09:40:21 AM »
Haven't got a response from them but it seems to be the mouse.  I used my work mouse which is a Logitech wireless and the computer worked fine.  Weird. 



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Re: Computer Question
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2006, 12:08:03 PM »
I have a logitech wireless for my laptop and it works great, without the problem you are observing. Did your mouse come with a driver or a web address to download one. It might be a case where the generic mouse driver does this with your new mouse, but if you had the specific driver then it wouldn't.
 




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Re: Computer Question
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2006, 12:37:53 PM »
It's a microsoft mouse but didn't come with a driver.  I searched for one at microsoft.com but only briefly.  Need to go back and look again.



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Re: Computer Question
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2006, 09:13:08 AM »
Well I loaded the correct driver.  Now at least I can set the buttons how I like it. But no help with the screensaver.  Oh well.  Guess I'll have to manually turn it on.  Or get a new mouse.  A minor issue in the scheme of things.



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Re: Computer Question
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2006, 04:45:09 PM »
This is a known problem with Microsoft's wireless mice.  It seems to be a conflict with a DVD program running in the background.   

Googling it, I found many people complaining about the same thing.  Here are a few pages that might provide you with some assistance in sorting out the problem.

Good luck.

http://www.kbalertz.com/911895/screen.saver.Wireless.Optical.Desktop.mouse.Windows.computer.aspx

http://sillydog.org/forum/sdt_9511.php


 

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Re: Computer Question
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2006, 04:54:04 PM »
Good info frobazz and welcome. It's good to see new dads around here. Why don't you stop into the "New? Introduce Yourself" board and introduce yourself. Let us all get to know you better.
 




 



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