Revive a Dead Wireless Mouse

Last Updated May 26, 2010 11:12 AM EDT

Wireless mice and laptops go together like ice cream and chocolate sauce. Why struggle with a touchpad or pointing stick when you can use a mouse with your laptop anywhere, anytime? That's great when it all works. Sometimes, though, your wireless mouse might freeze or stop responding, sending you back to the laptop's touchpad to get your work done.

If that occasionally happens to you, fret not. I have some troubleshooting tips to get up back up and running in no time.

There are a few reasons why your laptop might stop responding to your wireless mouse, so, as you'd expect, there are several things you can try. Thankfully, they're all easy and none require you to do anything drastic like rebooting your PC.

1. The easiest fix of all: If your mouse uses a transceiver plugged into a USB port, try moving the gadget to another USB port.

2. Next, reboot the mouse by removing the batteries, waiting a few moments, and then re-inserting them. You can also try replacing the batteries, if you have access to fresh ones. (I always carry a spare set of batteries in my laptop bag.)

3, Still no joy? Press Win+R and type "devmgmt.msc" in the Run box to open the Device manager. Expand the Mice and other pointing devices section, highlight your mouse listing and then select Uninstall. Then choose Action, Scan for Hardware Changes. With luck, your mouse will spring back to life. [via Digital Inspirations]

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