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Old 10-27-2004, 05:47 AM   #1
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Question Iterested why wireless mouse needs new batteries with windows earlier than linux


I am just wondering why my wireless mouse (Genius non optical) works fine in slackware but when I go to windows xp it doesnīt if I change the batteries it will start working again in windows , but as I donīt use windows a lot I havenīt bothered.
 
Old 10-28-2004, 12:43 AM   #2
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Maybe it's a coincidence, since you don't use Windows a lot.

I'm tempted to say it's Microsoft accessing the mouse to make sure it's properly licensed!

By the way, I use a Logitech optical cordless mouse and I use NiMH batteries in it. They last quite a while before they need recharging. Very pleased with this setup. (Great mouse, too.)
 
Old 10-28-2004, 06:42 AM   #3
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I am sure its not a coincidence cause the thing is I donīt notice it I just decide to load windows and the mouse doesnīt work... If I load up slackware again its fine. The only way I can get my mouse working in windows again is buy putting new batteries in it.

Its not work the hassle of buying new batteries for now
 
Old 10-28-2004, 10:11 AM   #4
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I am sure its not a coincidence cause the thing is I donīt notice it I just decide to load windows and the mouse doesnīt work... If I load up slackware again its fine. The only way I can get my mouse working in windows again is buy putting new batteries in it.

Its not work the hassle of buying new batteries for now
This gives a whole new meaning to the notion of Windows as being "a resources hog"!
 
Old 10-28-2004, 10:32 AM   #5
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I am just interested to know why it is... its kind of interesting... its like when the batteries donīt have some much juice in them somthing changes.

What I donīt know... and from the reponses here no one else has had this happen to them??
 
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Doesn't an input device (mouse, keyboard) get "polled" in order for the operating system to receive any input from it? I imagine it's possible that the polling mechanism in Windows might be more power-hungry than in the Linux setup you use. Every response from the input device consumes a tiny amount of power, and it all adds up.

Just a guess.
 
Old 10-28-2004, 10:49 AM   #7
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Hey jonr thanks for your reply. That could make sense... the only thing is that my mouse turns off it its not moved for about 2 minutes so when I turn the computer on and start up windows without moving the mouse I would have thought it wouldnīt work either.... but it does with good batteries

I know it switches off because when I first move it nothing happens then it starts working.
 
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Does it "switch off" like that during inactivity when you're running Slackware, too? I've never had mine appear to switch off... But I guess it could depend on power-control settings. Seems to me I read somewhere once (probably here) about power-control settings in Windows causing unwanted hard-drive activity. I know when I was using Windows 98 I never could get the power-control settings to do what the menu settings said they'd do. With Linux, I don't even try! I just let things run, usually. (I can power down the hard drives, etc. manually with a push of the power button, as setup in at BIOS setup time, but then coming out of that standby mode is a little uncertain, so I seldom do it.)

Anyway, wondering if the "automatic" power control settings could be a question here.
 
  


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