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Crazy Mouse!!

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AMBER93 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 20, 2011 10:28 PM

lately, the mouse cursor jumps across the computer screen to places far removed from where it was, usually when I am starting to move or use it

Suddenly it's gone to an opposite corner or side of the screen, and recently it jumped around as I try to find it.

 

What could be causing that? and what remedy? Have not detected any common aspect, other than it's crazy!!

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 1.42GHzPPCG4 Mem 1Gm;CPU1.42G
  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (55,050 points)
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    Dec 20, 2011 10:29 PM (in response to AMBER93)

    Try logging Out and then back In to your Account...

     

    Also try a Restart of your Mac...

  • Alan Bishop2 Level 2 Level 2 (380 points)
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    Dec 20, 2011 11:17 PM (in response to AMBER93)

    Hi Amber93,

     

    I presume you have tried a different mouse to see if that works.

     

    Happy Christmas from England,

     

    Alan

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,665 points)
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    Dec 20, 2011 11:24 PM (in response to AMBER93)

    If this any Apple Mouse I'd suspect that right off.

     

    One way to test is to Safe Boot from the HD, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, Test for problem in Safe Mode...

     

    PS. Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive

     

    Reboot, test again.

     

    If it only does it in Regular Boot, then it could be some hardware problem like Video card, (Quartz is turned off in Safe Mode), or Airport in 10.4 & below, or 3rd party add-on, Check System Preferences>Accounts>Login Items window to see if it or something relevant is listed.

     

    Check the System Preferences>Other Row, for 3rd party Pref Panes.

     

    Also look in these if they exist, some are invisible...

     

    /private/var/run/StartupItems

    /Library/StartupItems

    /System/Library/StartupItems

    /System/Library/LaunchDaemons

    /Library/LaunchDaemons

  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (55,050 points)
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    Dec 20, 2011 11:43 PM (in response to AMBER93)

    I remember having a similar issue on my G5 running 10 4 11...

    Usually a Sign Out and In would fix it ... for a while... As would a restart...

    Apart from BDAqua ‘s excellent advice...

    Perhaps it is time for a new mouse...

    Just a thought... Have you done a Permissions Repair since

    ... using a laptop in Target mode. ‘

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,665 points)
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    Dec 21, 2011 10:11 PM (in response to AMBER93)

    Great to hear, thanks!

  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (55,050 points)
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    Dec 21, 2011 10:33 PM (in response to AMBER93)

    Much appreciated... Thank you...

  • sgallant04 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 5, 2013 3:51 PM (in response to AMBER93)

    Reset your SMC ( System Management Controller )

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3964

     

    This fixed my macbook jumpy mouse.

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