Optical mouse question - do they wear out?

Discussion in 'Computer Accessories' started by Jamin43, May 4, 2010.

  1. Jamin43

    Jamin43 banned

    I've got a Microsoft Optical mouse that I've been using for about 2 years. There is no ball to wear out like the old style mouses - but Recently I've noticed that I'm losing tracking in the middle of a task.

    I checked the optical LED - and it's not blocked by dust - but the light does go from lit - to dark - when the mouse acts up and doesn't respond. It's intermittent - as it will go back to working - but this past week or so - it's been a recurring issue.

    Do these things wear out - or do you think it's a software driver issue?

    If it's a cheapo mouse wearing out - do the nicer gaming mouses last longer?

  2. linkin

    linkin VIP Member

    Sounds like the mouse is dying. typically they normally last a long time (I believe over a decade?)

    Also not that gaming mice use an infrared laser. meaning no red light, that's optical.
  3. The_Other_One

    The_Other_One VIP Member

    I've got some optical mice that are about 5+ years old and they still function great. Of course they aren't used daily, but they did used to be my primary mice. Honestly I can't say I've ever had any mouse give out on me. Well...aside from the primary button sometimes wearing out :p

    I'd try the mouse on some other system. I doubt it's worn out, rather just dying. Could be a flaw in the manufacturing or something like that.

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