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Another mouse problem...

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Another mouse problem...

Decided to put this in Chit Chat as it's not really a request for help but rather just asking for comments.
Has anyone else noticed the area where they use the mouse on the desk (I currently use the sliding drawer) getting worn over the years causing the mouse to stop working correctly?
As I move the mouse over the worn part it appears to stick (much like the ball-type with fluff on it).
If I move the mouse over an unworn section then there is no problem.

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Re: Another mouse problem...

Yup, the wood veneer starts to rub away and the mouse becomes unreliable. Currently suffering from that myself on the hotspot. I think thats why they make mouse mats but I'm too skint to buy one.
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Re: Another mouse problem...

My desk is varnished - by me - and other than needing to clean it occasionally when it gets sticky the only sign of wear is that the varnish is getting a bit worn. Must be due for a re-varnish.
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Re: Another mouse problem...

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I think thats why they make mouse mats but I'm too skint to buy one.

I thought the whole idea of these 'ballless' mice was that a mat wasn't needed Undecided

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Re: Another mouse problem...

I never heard that was a specific reason but a lot of people do tend to treat it that way. I thought optical mice were simply to improve reliability. You can use a mouse with a ball on a desk without a pad too.
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Re: Another mouse problem...

I once had a mouse mat with a 3D effect image on it's surface. My optical mouse couldn't seem to cope with the image so the mat was replaced.
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I thing I'll invest in a mat. I could use a different part of my desk but what about when that, too, gets worn. Replacing mats has gotta be cheaper than a new desk Cheesy
Do PlusNet do mats - would I get a discount for advertising  Wink

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Re: Another mouse problem...

Is there anything you could use as a substitute mouse mat ?
Some table mats have cork on the reverse side would that work ?
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Ouch - I dare not touch SWMBO's table mats Cheesy
Maybe with my current circumstances I should get this mat Smiley

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Re: Another mouse problem...

That looks a bit of a "Mickey Mouse" solution to me !
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You're just Donald Ducking the issue Embarrassed
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Re: Another mouse problem...

Or just being Goofy
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I've got a Mini one
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I am a little baffled by this problem, as the mice I use on my machines (cheap wired Microsoft optical with wheel) work on almost any flat surface (except glass), matt or shiny, even on polished metal, they even work reliably held above the surface by a couple of millimetres.  Are you sure that your wireless mouse doesn't just need new batteries ?
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Awwww, c'mon guys - you're making me come over all Bashful.
New batteries a few days ago. Plus, when the mouse is used over an unworn part of the desk I don't get the problem.

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