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Freezing Mouse Pointer

  1. #1

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro 32 bit

    Freezing Mouse Pointer

    The following is a copy/paste from the Windows 7 forum:

    Quote Originally Posted by cheezit View Post
    Not really sure where this goes but....

    I am running Windows 7 Home Premium. In the last couple of days, my mouse
    pointer momentarily freezes, for no more than a second each time it does it. At
    the same time, I hear a "tee-dunk" tone from the speakers. I have looked in Task
    Manager at all the processes running and checked them all online to see what
    they are. They are all processes that are supposed to be there. I use Microsoft
    Security Essentials daily and it hasn't found anything. Outside of being
    bothersome, this hasn't caused anything to slow down, so I am at a loss. Any
    ideas on what to look for?

    This is exactly what I am experiencing! Right down to the "tee-dunk" tone. Has
    anyone figured this out yet? Cheezit hasn't responded since he has gotten a new

    My story: I updated to Windows 8 from XP when they were offering
    the $40 get it now deal. (I was hoping to get the 64bit version, but they
    detected that I had the 32bit XP, so that is what Win 8 version they gave me to
    download--maybe that is all my system can handle...but, I digress...). Ever
    since I installed Window 8, my mouse would do exactly what cheezit said his did.
    His is the only exact description I found to my mouse's malady when I researched
    what the problem could be. That's why I registered to this Windows 7 forum
    instead of the Windows 8 one. (update: I registered in this Windows 8 forum for additional exposure)

    I just had my wife read this and she
    suggested that my mouse might just be too old and is having conflicts with the
    new Windows OS. This seems reasonable. My computer system is ~8 years old.

    Any help with this, please?



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  2. #2

    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    Wired mouse? If yes its likely a broken wire in the cord? If it's a really old mouse it might be time to buy a new one anyway.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    It's simple to check If the sound is related to the mouse disconnecting.
    Disconnect the mouse yourself and listen for the sound.

    If you hear the same sound, then (most likely) there is a problem with:
    • Your mouse
    • The mouse cable (if it is a wired mouse, as alphanumeric posted)
    • The socket on your PC
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  4. #4

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro 32 bit

    Ok, I think I got it. As the mouse didn't make the audible every time it froze, I couldn't be sure if the sound heard when disconnecting/connecting the mouse were the same. Anyway, I barrowed my son's mouse and had no freezing. It looked like the mouse itself was creating the issue. I unplugged his and plugged back in mine to use until I purchased a replacement. Now, my mouse is behaving--no more freezing. I have unplugged and re-plugged my mouse before, but have not plugged in another USB mouse until my son's. So, either my computer updated the mouse drivers when I connected his, or plugging in my mouse the last time just made a better connection, my mouse is now working fine. If it gives me trouble again, I will just go ahead and buy a new one, since it seems the trouble is in the mouse, not Windows.

    Thanks to all who submitted inputs to my dilemma.

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