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Mouses,mice or meece ? On vista

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Mouses,mice or meece ? On vista

Hello.I wonder if anyone can help me?
I was using a 4 button/2 scroll wheel mouse on my laptop, for gaming. I dropped the darn thing and now it doesn't work.  I have tried fitting a 2 button mouse but though it says the device is working correctly it is not responding. 
When checking out the mouse settings on control panel. I find that you don't have all the options for mouse types that you used to get with xp. I have updated drivers. And for some reason it use 'symantics pointing devices' rather than a Microsoft system. Is this normal for Vista or just a bolt on from the laptop manufacturer?
Second question, .... plural of computer mouse is ....  mice,mouses or meece?  Smiley
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Plusnet Alumni (retired) orbrey
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Re: Mouses,mice or meece ? On vista

Synaptics will be your touchpad on the laptop, it sounds like it hasn't detected the mouse you've plugged in for some reason. I suspect therefore it's a PS/2 mouse (little round plug, possibly pastel green in colour) - if that's the case you need to have this plugged in when you power the laptop up as otherwise it won't be detected. If it's a USB mouse then things could get more complicated.
Plusnet Alumni (retired) orbrey
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Re: Mouses,mice or meece ? On vista

Oh, also - mices, obviously. Cheesy
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Re: Mouses,mice or meece ? On vista

No is usb. I get the message about loading drivers. Then OS ready to use, bit no response. Cursor just sits there. The laser is on tho. Most odd  Sad
I like meeces as Tom did I'm Tom and jerry Grin
VileReynard
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Re: Mouses,mice or meece ? On vista

Plural is rodents.

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Re: Mouses,mice or meece ? On vista

Quote from: rogadodge
I like meeces as Tom did I'm Tom and jerry Grin

Wrong cartoon cat (and wrong sentiment) I think.  It was Hanna-Barbera's Mr Jinks who frequently declared "I hate meeces to pieces".  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixie_and_Dixie_and_Mr._Jinks
Plusnet Alumni (retired) orbrey
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Re: Mouses,mice or meece ? On vista

Not sure about that one - I was initially confused by the line in the muppet's christmas carol that states 'no cheeses for us meeces' but a bit of googling found:
-PFR4
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Re: Mouses,mice or meece ? On vista

Quote from: rogadodge
No is usb. I get the message about loading drivers. Then OS ready to use, bit no response. Cursor just sits there. The laser is on tho. Most odd  Sad
I like meeces as Tom did I'm Tom and jerry Grin
probably delete the mouse driver... USB HID device .... reboot then put mouse in USB port & all should work after a short auto setup period
where's device manager on vista again ...  someone?
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Re: Mouses,mice or meece ? On vista

Click on Start and then Control Panel.
Click on the System and Maintenance link.
Note: If you're viewing the Classic View of Control Panel, you won't see this link. Simply double-click on the Device Manager icon and then proceed to Step 4.
In the System and Maintenance window, click on the Device Manager link near the bottom of the window.
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Re: Mouses,mice or meece ? On vista

thanks all. have found another 4 button/ scroll wheel mouse. So plug'n'play  Smiley Smiley
needed the buttons for gaming. WoW. sad I know, but hey we all got to have a vice.
Found this problem particularly annoying as I managed to switch off the touchpad many months ago and am unable to switch that back on. I must stop fiddling, but kept putting thumb on touchpad when playing game and thought my machine was haunted when the character ran off on his own.
I have reloaded drivers for touchpad but still won't work. Though if it would i would just switch it off again. Wink
The mouse/meeces debate, I am sure you are right Reedrichards. And Rodents is genus surely?
I know the plural for a banker is ....a wunch of bankers    Grin Grin Grin
garlic
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Re: Mouses,mice or meece ? On vista

Does your computer have a hot-key combination to enable/disable the touchpad?
On my Acer it's Fn + F7
Very useful to stop the cursor jumping about when you accidentally brush the touchpad whilst typing something.
Would probably mention it in your manual if it has.
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Re: Mouses,mice or meece ? On vista

Garlic, i could kiss you !! Kiss
Spot on. All sorted. many thanks mate.
garlic
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Re: Mouses,mice or meece ? On vista

Fresh!!!  Embarrassed
Glad it worked though.  Smiley