Adding a Mouse to a Laptop


Old 01-24-04, 02:21 PM
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Adding a Mouse to a Laptop

I'm familiar with desktops, but not laptops.

Upon plugging in a mouse into the laptop's (ps2) port, the pointer becomes erratic and eventually the machine locks up.

Do I need to disable the built in laptop trackball first? If I do, do I assume that this is done in BIOS via set-up?

Hope you can help.

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Old 01-24-04, 02:48 PM
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what model laptop are you speaking of?
Think like you would for a car; make, model and additional specs. Need background info to offer response.
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Old 01-24-04, 04:11 PM
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Did you plug the mouse in AFTER you booted the laptop? If this is the case, then its possible the mouse driver is confused about where the actual mouse is -- built-in or that thing moving around attached to the PS2.

If you haven't already tried this, try powering up the laptop with the PS2 mouse connected.

Second, it may require a mouse driver be installed to operate. Check with your mouse manufacturer to see if they have a set of installable drivers for your laptop's operating system (ie Windows2000, or WindowsXP, etc.)
Old 01-24-04, 10:31 PM
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Typically PS/2 connections should be made beforing turning on the computer - desktop or laptop. It sounds like the computer is recognizing the mouse (seeing as how it's erratic), however it's not able to install the drivers for it as PS/2 ports are not "hot swappable."

Plug it in then power up.

Good luck!
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