computer question: mouse won't work?

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  1. thunderbyrd

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    howdy: I just hooked up my older computer - there is a file on there I wrote and I need to print out. I had everything going fine. then the mouse quit working, for no reason I can find. I tried another, no go. I took the mouse from my laptop, which I know to be working, and plugged in, nothing.

    I guess the input jack died. there are two inputs side by side, neither works.

    I have the file up on the screen, but without a mouse, I don't know anyway to do anything.

    anybody know some trick or something I can do?

    I thought I had backed up this file, but apparently I didn't, can't find it on any flash drive or anything.
     
  2. Guitarteach

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    Sometimes you can disable the mouse with a keystroke combo accidentally.

    You can usually navigate the UI using cursor keys and enter though. Read up on accessibility for your OS version. Should let you open files and navigate menus to print.

    CRTL + P might print
     
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    Yeah you should be able to move around using tab and arrow key, enter key to “click”. Is your mouse wired using USB or ps2? If ps2 try using a USB mouse if you can get one, if it is a USB mouse just try a different port. Good luck!
     
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    It's been a long time since I had to use a PC without a mouse. But if you press TAB it cycles through parts of the UI. So you should be able to get a file or folder selected. Then you can use the arrow keys to navigate the folders or files and press ENTER to open folder, files or run programs.

    Pretty much all windows apps use a similar convention, just keep pressing TAB till the section of the UI you want is selected and go from there.

    On your PC, it's possible the USB ports shorted and the low level functions in the computers BIOS disabled them till it gets reset. With a desktop you shut down the PC and pull the plug and wait 20 seconds or so. You can't just turn it off, you have to unplug it from the AC outlet.

    When you plug it back in the PC resets any faults in the USB ports.

    If it's a notebook, you actually have to disconnect the battery and the power adapter and wait a few seconds to do the same thing.
     
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    Did you try giving it some cheese?

    From what I heard, most mice like cheese.

     
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    Alt+F will usually get you into the file menu then use the arrow keys to move around in the menu and the enter key to make a selection.

    If a print dialog comes up use Tab to move around the screen, Enter key to click a button with focus, alt+downarrow to drop a list with focus, etc.

    Mouses....we dont need no stinking mouses!
     
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    thank you, everybody! I turned the computer off, turned it back on and the mouse worked, everything worked and amazingly, even the printer worked and I got the file printed out. sorry to waste everyone's time, I guess I should have tried that first thing.
     
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    I didn't give it any cheese, but I did think about giving it a hammer.
     
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    If you have problems with computers or routers the first rule of thumb is to reboot, router first then computer after your routers booted up.
     
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    What... the turn it off, turn it on again....trick...
     
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    In my Win 10 machine it periodically loses the mouse. Reboot sorts it. Odd.
     
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    While you are on there you may want to consider saving everything you want out to an external hard drive so you have it. Or better yet Google Drive so you can access it from anywhere.
     
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    the great thing is... if you have a hammer, you can hammer in the morning... and you can hammer all over this land.
     
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    Yep... using cloud storage is a good idea. Microsoft One Drive which is built into Windows 10 does the same thing as Google Drive but its already installed and ready to use on your system. I use it...it works well for me. My files are automatically backed up and available to me anywhere...phone, computer, tablet, etc.
     
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    yes, yes, yes. this would be the right way to do it, if I only had a brain. but to tell the truth, this particular file was highly personal and I would not put it in a cloud. as a matter of fact, now that I have it printed out, I am going to delete it. but I don't know how to put things in the cloud. I basically rely on my genius kids to keep my computer alive.

    i could be a mellow fellow
    and everything would be so well-o
    if i only had a brain!

    i could be the local mayor
    live high on the happy tax payers
    if i only had a brain!

    I could think of things that were never thunk before
    and I could sit!
    and think some more!


    if I only had a brain!

    I can't even scare crows.
     
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    oh, yes. I could hammer. I could hammer and hammer and hammer, all over this land.





    but I am a better man, now.
     
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    Was that recorded by Sisters Sledge?
     
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