Totally OT but I need to canvass the pool of knowledge.

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by bilzmale, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    OK here's my problem. Since updating to Win 8/8.1 my computer mouse scroll wheel has behaved erratically. It drifts, jumps and rolls back.

    My workaround is to click and use the scroll bars on a page and this is rock solid.

    I've googled and found this to be a fairly common complaint with no solution that works.

    I have a Logitech M950 Performance Mouse and all drivers etc are up to date.

    Has anyone a solution? :mad:
  2. wt21

    wt21 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    Only time I've ever had this issue is using an optical mouse (laser mouse, whatever -- the one with the red light underneath, rather than a roller ball) without a mouse pad (like just straight on the desktop).
  3. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Wish I could suggest something, but meanwhile I'm toying with the idea of opening a book on how soon someone will come along and tell you that you wouldn't have this problem if only you had a Mac of some sort ;)
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  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I'll lay a tenner on under a half an hour (From this post)
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  5. Itchybiscuit

    Itchybiscuit Regular

    Dec 26, 2014
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Do as I did - I used the pre-installed Win 8.1 on my new PC for about 6 days before I uninstalled it and went back to Win 7.

    Cost me £30 at a local PC repair shop (don't try to DIY it, I did and it's not easy) and now I have no problems.
  6. Like wt21, I've had that problem (when using a mouse on a plain desktop) and what I did was change mice. I have a Logitech Marble Mouse which is a trackball type. It might be worth getting one to see if that happens in Win 8 with that style of mouse, too. That would at least confirm that its the OS and not the mouse.
  7. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    I bought a new PC about eight months ago. I deliberately went out of my way to get a Win7 machine. They are still out there if you go looking for them. I detest 8. That said, my wife's machine is fairly new too (under 3 months) running the latest version of 8 and she has no problem with it.

    As has already been suggested, try a new mouse. I regard mice as disposable commodities - if I get really frustrated with connectivity or performance I take it out on the decking and introduce it to my friend, Mr. 1lb Ball Pein Hammer.
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  8. john m flores

    john m flores All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Sounds like a driver issue. A newer mouse will likely have compatible drivers available.
  9. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Hall of Famer

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    I've been using a wireless optical mouse with a Windows 8.1 machine with no problem, including an elderly Logitech.

    I like 8.1 in the desktop environment. It's the stupid "Metro" of "Modern" interface I loathe. Even on Windows 8.1 tablets the desktop mode is preferable. My two cents. I've found the OS very stable on my HP Slate X2, which I love.
  10. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    I experienced something like that once not long ago with my Logitech mouse. Can't remember for sure what fixed it - I think it was just restarting the computer, but I'm sure you've tried that...
  11. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Not sure if you've already fixed your issue but in windows there is an option to select mouse tracking and click speed. I would try that if you haven't. It might need to be adjusted to the new OS. I actually had something similar happen myself unrelated to the OS, and discovered that the click wheel on the mouse was half stuck, it was both button and wheel. A good depression popped it back up-- if you haven't fidgeted with that. The other option is cleaning it. Wherever there are buttons and small, even slitted slots around buttons, like there is where your click wheel protrudes... dust you know. Clean the contacts. After all of that if it still isn't working then what Sue says, time for a new mouse. Sometimes they are on the edge of going and software changes just reveal that sooner.
  12. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk Top Veteran

    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Sounds like it could be a mouse driver issue, I've had no problems with Win 8.1 on any of our computers using Steelseries and Microsoft mice.
    Check the cleaning thing, if a small hair or piece of dust gets trapped in front of the optics it'll definetely make the mouse behave odd.

    I still don't quite understand the animosity towards Windows 8, after installing Classic Shell the UI is close enough to Win 7 for my wife not to be bothered by the change and we've had no issues at all with it.
  13. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Thanks all. Logitech has responded twice to my query but still not fixed.
  14. Bill, have you tested with other mice? Logitech may do nothing, if other mice are all OK.

    (Mouses? meece?)
  15. nippa

    nippa Top Veteran

    Aug 7, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    You'll like the new Windows 10 then as MS are going back to a real desktop operating system.
    Sorry I can't help with the mouse ; I like a wire on mine :)