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Mig21 10-03-2012 10:13 PM

Mouse double-clicking by mistake often in Slackware 14
 
I upgraded to Slackware 14 a couple of days ago and one of the issues I noticed is that often when I click on something - a double-click happens instead.

I don't have any troubles double-clicking on other OSes and computers, I'm confident it's not me nor my hardware.

Did anyone else experience this? Any ideas what could be the problem?

Thanks in advance.

TommyC7 10-03-2012 10:32 PM

Are you using KDE? KDE by default now comes with this "single click to double click" feature.

Mig21 10-03-2012 10:37 PM

No, it's Xfce, and this definitely isn't by design, it happens randomly. For example I try to select a message in thunderbird and sometimes it gets opened in a new tab as if I double-clicked it.

Feanor 10-04-2012 08:07 AM

I've also experienced much mouse weirdness in multiple versions of Slackware, to the point that I've had to modify my clicking habits. At times I think it's my Logitech MX laser mouse (a hardware issue), but then it happens on my laptop touchpad-buttons and I start thinking it's probably an X issue.

It's hard to describe, but also quite random. The main symptom is in GQView on 12.2 where, when zoomed into an image and using left-click-n-hold to drag about, instead of click-n-holding the image it seems to trigger a normal click and the viewer goes onto the next image, and I have to irritatingly go back one and re-zoom. On huge 1GB tiffs this can be frustrating.

At other times, particularly on my 13.1 laptop manipulating Firefox and Thunderbird browser tabs causes things like sudden closing of tabs (as though a middleclick-to-close was triggered when I actually right clicked to get a tab-context menu).
Sometimes trying to click a tab-close button in Thunderbird causes the entire tab to be extracted out into its own window.

I've also run into issues where right clicking for a context menu (particularly in firefox) and then moving the mouse down the items suddenly selects the items I move the mouse over, cancelling the menu, as though I was holding down the mouse button.

No solutions for me.

Mig21 10-04-2012 09:26 AM

Weird! I'm pretty sure this started with Slack 14 for me, but maybe that was a coincidence. This machine is a triple-boot, but Slackware is my main OS.

If I see the same behaviour in other OSs - I'll try to replace the mouse, actually that's not so hard to do, maybe I will do that anyway. I'll let you know if it works.

yilez 10-04-2012 09:28 AM

I'm having the same issue with a logitech mouse. I called them and they said "take out the battery, click repeatedly for a few seconds. Put the battery back in". This is to reset a capacitor.

It works for a while and then comes back a few days later.

Feanor 10-04-2012 10:06 AM

Thanks for the info yilez. That is very interesting! Rather an embarrassing situation for Logitech - it seems that while their kit looks sexy and initially feels solid, the issues start to creep out later. The same Logitech mouse I mentioned above had a real nice rubbery surface feel when I bought it (and it was NOT cheap), but obviously it didn't like my fast metabolism and sweaty hands and so started rotting and peeling really quickly. Also the cradle-charger it comes with now has trouble contacting when I seat the mouse to charge, and I need to really jam it into place before the charging light comes on.
Additionally, there is no obvious way to open it up to replace the batteries. I've not looked but I probably would have to remove it's rubber feet to find screws...

Still though, I occasionally duel boot into windows and I don't see the same issues there, so I still suspect X11 somewhat...

cwizardone 10-04-2012 10:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Feanor (Post 4797165)
T...Logitech... Also the cradle-charger it comes with now has trouble contacting when I seat the mouse to charge, and I need to really jam it into place before the charging light comes on...

Try taking an eraser, perhaps the one on the end of a pencil, and rub, i.e., clean the contacts on the back of the mouse. Then take a small brush and clean out all the dust sitting in the bottom of the cradle.

As to the clicking problem, yes, I've seen it with two different mice and in both Xfce and KDE.

Feanor 10-11-2012 04:55 AM

Thanks for the tips, cwizardone. I'll give that a shot.

foobarz 10-11-2012 06:32 AM

I had the mouse double clicking problem. Almost certainly, the mouse button is broken. I bought a new Logitech laser mouse and the problem is gone.

I suggest you try getting a new mouse. Worked for me.

onebuck 10-11-2012 07:32 AM

Member Response
 
Hi,

Quote:

Originally Posted by cwizardone (Post 4797175)
Try taking an eraser, perhaps the one on the end of a pencil, and rub, i.e., clean the contacts on the back of the mouse. Then take a small brush and clean out all the dust sitting in the bottom of the cradle.

As to the clicking problem, yes, I've seen it with two different mice and in both Xfce and KDE.

I agree that possibly a cleaning of the lens would help with cursor movement. But do not user a eraser of any kind. To abrasive! A whetted 'Q-tip' using ionized water would be better. Make sure to air dry. Most mice buttons use a mini-micro switch, you would be better off using dry air to remove any debris within the mouse body or from the mechanical contact of the body button and the switch.

onebuck 10-11-2012 07:38 AM

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Hi,
Quote:

Originally Posted by yilez (Post 4797130)
I'm having the same issue with a logitech mouse. I called them and they said "take out the battery, click repeatedly for a few seconds. Put the battery back in". This is to reset a capacitor.

It works for a while and then comes back a few days later.

Now that's laughable, Logitech's tech support making a statement like this is just someone blowing smoke here! If the capacitor was at fault the draining by clicking would do nothing. Active electronics sense and control the button clicks or mouse movements to the driver.

cwizardone 10-11-2012 11:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by onebuck (Post 4802938)
I agree that possibly a cleaning of the lens would help with cursor movement. But do not user a eraser of any kind. To abrasive! A whetted 'Q-tip' using ionized water would be better. Make sure to air dry. Most mice buttons use a mini-micro switch, you would be better off using dry air to remove any debris within the mouse body or from the mechanical contact of the body button and the switch.

I didn't say clean the lens. :) I said clean the contacts, i.e., those two little metal contacts, probably gold in color and oval in shape, on the underside of the mouse, that connect to the two little metal prongs in the mouse cradle that pass the electrical charge to the batteries in the mouse. You need something abrasive, like a soft rubber pencil eraser to properly clean those contacts.

onebuck 10-11-2012 03:35 PM

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Hi,

I would still use something along the lines of a cleaning pad on the 'battery contacts'. Once you remove the coating on these contacts then rust will develop. One could use electronic contact cleaner but that would be expensive to only clean 'battery contacts'.

My not being able to read between the lines. So sorry for not understanding your meaning.

cwizardone 10-12-2012 09:42 AM

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Originally Posted by onebuck (Post 4803342)
Hi,

I would still use something along the lines of a cleaning pad on the 'battery contacts'. Once you remove the coating on these contacts then rust will develop. One could use electronic contact cleaner but that would be expensive to only clean 'battery contacts'.

My not being able to read between the lines. So sorry for not understanding your meaning.

If you don't clean the battery contacts they will glaze over with dull layer of crud that prevents the charger in the cradle from making proper contact with the mouse.
I used one of those Logitech mice, with cradle, for well over 10 years and still keep it as a back up and the contacts have never rusted (and won't rust). The original rechargeable batteries are still in use in other small appliances and I use a separate recharger when needed, but could still pull out the old mouse and its cradle to charge them if it became necessary for whatever reason.


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