Saturday, August 7, 2010

Crazy mouse is dead, more from PC purgatory.


Since I wrote the story  "PC" purgatory, I had looked everywhere, for a Crazy Mouse problem solution and had received a lot of advice, but none of it worked to date. I asked for help and got it. My friend Alan had forwarded several possible options, and among them was this  link as a subset of  a young fellows home page
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I posted the possible solution on Panbo's forum, and Henning Durr gave me encouraging words regarding the viability of the solution. I installed the registry patch today, and it worked perfectly. No more crazy mouse, with three serial GPS's plugged in. No more disabling serial ballpoints, it just worked. This was an XP system by the way, and although I think it will work with Vista, and Windows 7 tread carefully, and I think sobriety is required while doing this, we don't want an ARI (alcohol related incident)  to occur you know.

The solution is simple, and consists of  using Regedit in the PC to change two numbers. The changes are below:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sermouse]
"Start"=dword:00000004 (the 4 was a 3 before)

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\sermouse]
"Start"=dword:00000004 (the 4 was a 3 before)

If you want to go back, just change the "4" to a "3", and you can have the crazy mouse back. By the way, your serial mouse will no longer work, so get a USB mouse before you start this, if you need to. I just went into the registry and manually changed the values. It took about ten minutes to do. If you are faint of heart, find a 12 year old kid to do it for you. Why does it have to be so complicated?

Thanks JamieZX, clever patch, and a good problem solution.


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