5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 9, 2009 1:13 PM by baltwo
Scott Mosher Level 1 Level 1
I'm sure there is an easy answer to this question, and since I'm not a Mac troubleshooting professional, I can't figure out. **, I'm not even sure of the proper Mac nomenclature for this action - when the mouse clicks and scrolls automatically (you ocassionally get that grey dot/arrow button?) but sometimes it just springs up and it's annoying at best, destructive at worst.

How to stop this and what actually activates this most annoying of features? Thanks!

Quad-Core Intel Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6), (Other hard drives running OS 10.4.5, 10.2.8 and OS 9.2.2)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9
    AFAIK, there's nothing on the Mac or in the OS that makes a mouse click and scroll automatically. Provide the details of exactly what you're doing and where you're doing it and possibly someone can figure out your issue.
  • Scott Mosher Level 1 Level 1
    Maybe it's a dysfunctional mighty mouse, but I can hear the mouse internally clicking, as if it's working on its own. I do notice a gray circle with dots and an arrow appearing on the screen when this occurs. It's a little hard to describe, but I can definitely tell it's something occurring between the mouse and the os, or the os itself. There's nothing specifically I am doing when this occurs, it just happens at random intervals, more often than desired (it's never desired actually!) I've restarted my computer, zapped the pram, etc and it still seems to manifest itself and as I've previously mentioned, it can be destructive as long as I am moving the mouse, it will automatically select things as I am moving it.
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9
    I suggest returning it to whence it came, then.
  • Scott Mosher Level 1 Level 1
    I've used might mice (mouses?) for a few years now and have never run into this problem. It might not even be the mouse. I'm not really sure... was more curious if anyone can diagnose this issue/problem and/or if anyone else has had this happen to them. It seems apparent to me there must be a preference or trigger somewhere, but I'm just stumped.
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9
    More than one mouse = mice. AFAIK, there are no preference setting to activate that behavior. Check the machine with another mouse and if the behavior doesn't return, you have your answer, and should return it.