Approximately nine months after purchasing the Dell Dimension 8250 computer, the optical mouse began to freeze intermittently. Sometimes I get the message “USB Device not recognized. One of the USB devices attached to this computer has malfunctioned and Windows does not recognize it. For assistance in correcting this problem click this message.”
Because the mouse is frozen, I cannot "click this”.
Have tried the following things suggested by Dell Technical Support:
-Cleared the NVRAM and reset the BIOS to its default configuration
-Tried the mouse using every USB port on the computer – mouse freezes on every port
-Tried the mouse on a different computer; the mouse worked for a while and them began to freeze
-Tried a brand new USB mouse (ball, not optical) and it worked properly for approximately two weeks then froze completely; this new mouse now will not work on any computer
-Tried the USB mouse using a PS2 connector cable, but the mouse will not work at all
-Tried a PS2 mouse but it will not work at all
-Uninstalled and reinstalled the USB drivers
-Uninstalled and reinstalled the original mouse
-Tried to update the mouse drivers but get a message stating I have the most current driver
-Updated the Bios
-Completely wiped the hard drive clean and reinstalled everything
-Had a new motherboard installed - is there any benefit to wiping the hard drive clean again now that the new motherboard is installed?
Problem not only persists, but is getting worse. The mouse now quite often freezes every few seconds. I really need help with this. This problem has now been going on for six months. Any and all assistance will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your assistance.
I've been experiencing the exact same problem with my Dimension 8200 since February. Like you, I've tried just about everything I thought would help. Somethings like removing all references to the mouse from the registry then reinstalling cleared the problem for a couple of days but the problem came back. I posted a message on the Dell Community Forum in February but only got reponses from others having the exact same problem. I don't know if this is a problem with XP, a Dell hardware problem, or a combination of both. Anyway, you would think that with all the postings to the forum regarding this problem Dell would be more involved in figuring out what is going on.
It has definitely been a nightmare - and dealing with technical support hasn't been much help. I've gotten the run around and all sorts of hassles from them. I was amazed by the number of postings from people having mouse problems. I agree - Dell should be more involved in trying to solve the issue.
On my own, I again purchased a new USB mouse, not an optical mouse, and am using it with the PS2 adapter which, for some strange reason, seems to be working again for the time being. The frustrating thing is that the USB problem is still there and I am concerned that I will run into other problems if I install other USB devices. And I get the impression Dell doesn't really care now that they have my money.
I thought I'd give it a few days to see if I get a response from the Dell rep and if not, I'll send me e-mail directly to him to see if that gets some response. If I find out anything, I'll post it here.
Has anyone tried the Logitech driver for the mouse, available here:
I am using this driver on my corded USB Dell optical mouse by Logitech, so I have more options in programming the buttons. The driver works fine!
I am also having a very similar problem with my mouse, but only at boot up time. The mouse won't be recognized and I'll have to unplug and replug several time to get it recognized. Same error messages as described in this thread. I have had Dell send me 4 new optical mouses, usb. Now they have sent a new motherboard, this is scheduled to be replaced on 5/28/04. Someone from "India" claims this will definitely fix the problem but I don't have much faith in these support people. So far they seem like a glorified answering service. If replacing the motherboard fixes this problem I will reply to this message again.
My pc is also a 8250 bios A03, 512MB ram with Dell USB Optical Mouse
I’ve had the same problem develop recently with a Dell Dimension 4400 that I bought two years ago, which came with a Microsoft IntelliMouse. I’ve tried all sorts of hardware and software remedies, spending a whole week on it. Nothing helps.
I did find, though, that if I attached an old mouse from my old, pre-Dell computer to a serial port in the Dell, instead of the USB port, the mouse worked.
Dell support for this problem, as for many problems, is laughably useless. It’s an outrageous situation. I will never again buy a Dell computer.
It would be nice if we could all band together and sue Dell in a class action suit. They need to clean up their act.