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After just a year of use, the mouse stopped working, not recognized by PC and turned off. The warranty period I'm told is over for it.
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Chances are the cable is broken. Open it up and replace it (or reconnect it if you see a disconnected solder point or something).

No promises it will work in your case, but it might, and if it does it will save you from buying a new mouse.
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i dont think thats whats happening here. when i plug it, windows tells me USB is plugged, it just doesnt understand what it is.
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i dont think thats whats happening here. when i plug it, windows tells me USB is plugged, it just doesnt understand what it is.


Based on your first post, I was under the impression that the mouse acted 100% "dead", didn't react to being plugged in or unplugged, and didn't show up in windows at all.

If that is not the case, and it is just not acting "right" or not being properly recognized by windows, then it could be any number of issues, and not just ones related to the mouse itself.

The first thing I would do is plug it into another computer and see if it works there. If so, the issue is on the computer, not the mouse. You might have an issue with your USB hub or controller, a software conflict, IRQ issues, corrupted system files, etc.

If not, open it up and inspect for damage. If you don't know what you are looking for, take good photos of everything and post them here.

If there is visible damage, you might be able to repair it. This will most likely require identifying the damaged part, buying a replacement part, and swapping them out. Doing so will require some basic soldering skill and tools.

Replacement components are dirt cheap, but if you don't already have the soldering tools, a decent set will likely cost you about as much as just getting a new mouse.

I personally would still pick up the tools and learn to use them, as they are very useful in today's electronics filled world, but for the sake of quickly and easily getting your mouse up and running it might not be the best option.

There is of course the chance that the PCB itself, or one of the (essentially) non-replaceable parts is busted. In that case, the mouse is dead and you need a new one.

There is also still the chance that the cable is damaged. USB cables have 4 wires inside. If one of these 4 wires is broken or disconnected, depending on which wire it is, the device may still function to some degree. In this case your device is a mouse, and mice need all four wires to function, but only need 2 to be partially recognized by windows as you say you are experiencing.
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After just a year of use, the mouse stopped working, not recognized by PC and turned off. The warranty period I'm told is over for it.

Are you plugging the USB into the usual port?
post #6 of 15
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Thanks for the details, I will try but I'm wondering why a relatively expensive mouse ceases to work after just a year and the company won't replace it.

I plugged it in all ports. At first the temporary fix was to try another port, until after some time the same issue happens again. Now it doesnt work on any port.
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So it worked in each new port for some time? Sounds like a software conflict, probably on the driver level.

Mouse hardware is most likely fine and doesn't need to be replaced.

Operating system reinstall would probably be the easiest solution. Make a backup first of course.
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post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Zero4549 View Post

So it worked in each new port for some time? Sounds like a software conflict, probably on the driver level.

Mouse hardware is most likely fine and doesn't need to be replaced.

Operating system reinstall would probably be the easiest solution. Make a backup first of course.

Facts.
post #9 of 15
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I mean, its not working right now on any port or any computer. But it used to be picky on which port it worked on, if thats a clue to what may have happened. I dont know how to open up that mouse, there is no visible screws. its a 60 dollar mouse, how could it just die?
Edited by Megadrone - 4/14/16 at 2:35am
post #10 of 15
Check the USB pins and see if they look bent or damaged or anything maybe? It sounded like it was actually a problem with you motherboard or usb drivers since it would work in some ports and not others, but if it doesn't work in other computers now idk. Have you had trouble with any other usb devices? Also is the light on the bottom coming on when you plug it in?
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