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melba_frilkins
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« on: January 10, 2017, 6:05:02 am »

I promise that I've tried to Google this one, but to no avail and I remain befuddled...

With my laptop I used a regular corded external mouse (not the touchpad one, which is broken). Since I'm working on the couch I frequently drop the mouse. That wouldn't be a big deal, but sometimes merely dropping the mouse causes all my browser tabs to shut down (or other odd things).

It is a gaming mouse, with two extra mysterious buttons on the side.

Anyway, any thoughts on what could be happening that when I drop the mouse, and no buttons are pressed, it shuts down the web browser? And/or how to prevent it.
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2017, 3:15:22 pm »

Mice are quite afraid of falling because landing hurts.   This fear makes them shut down all unnecessary functions while they are falling.  To solve this problem, you need to get a mouse with wings - that is, a bat.  The knowledge that it can fly keeps it from being afraid of being hurt by hitting the floor, so it will remain functional.  It's a good thing that you are in the habit of using a leashed mouse - this will prevent your bat from flying away.
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2017, 7:28:39 pm »

Love it, pollinate!

My best guess is that those mysterious side buttons are shortcut keys and that one or both of them have been programmed to shut the browser when pressed. Since the mouse is designed for gaming, they are probably also quite sensitive and they are being activated when you drop the mouse. Check the user manual that came with the mouse. It should tell you what their default is. It will probably also offer instructions on how to set them to do something else, and/or how to disable them. (If no user manual, try opening the settings software for the mouse and take a look. It's a good bet that that's where you can set what those buttons do.(And, where you can see what they're currently set to do.)

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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2017, 7:53:20 pm »

I usually get up, brush myself off, assure everybody that I'm OK, and limp off to the ER.
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2017, 9:46:11 pm »

I read this in a bleary-eyed state this AM.

First I thought a moose was failing....but I didn't think anyone on the forum had a pet moose.

Then I thought you meant your chocolate mousse was falling.

Now that IS a disaster....

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Glad to know it's just something mechanical

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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2017, 10:09:54 pm »

I usually get up, brush myself off, assure everybody that I'm OK, and limp off to the ER.

I am so sorry. I should be more careful in the future.

And thank you Mystictechgal for the lead. I will look into that.

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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2017, 11:15:51 pm »

Yes.  We want Mousie to be well.
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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2017, 12:00:24 am »

On the other hand, "Falling Mouse Behavio(u))r" would  be a great name for a band.
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2017, 5:25:31 pm »

Well, I tracked down the user manual. It is one page long, which is a diagram of the mouse, with the buttons labeled. So that was no help. There's no software that came with the mouse, and there's no way to change button settings in Windows.

I've tried pressing all combinations of buttons and can't recreate what happens when the mouse falls. I think I may need to set my browser to ask before shutting down all tabs (which is a pain, but oh well).

Meanwhile getting my accordion back out of the closet so I can audition for FMB.
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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2017, 11:11:43 pm »

I have several duet accordion arrangements if you're interested.

In fact, I wrote my freshman theory composition as a duet/4-part fugue for 2 accordions (each hand playing a separate line.)

It has been performed publicly twice since then.

Word.

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« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2017, 7:38:23 pm »

Follow-up: I dug up an old Plain Mouse to replace the Fancy Mouse and now life is good.
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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2017, 12:09:24 am »

But why did you bury the Plain Mouse to begin with, if it wasn't dead?

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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2017, 4:04:35 am »

But why did you bury the Plain Mouse to begin with, if it wasn't dead?

M.

Plain Mouse originally came with a desktop but was bequeathed to the junk drawer when replaced by Cordless Mouse a couple years ago.
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« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2017, 4:49:58 pm »

Oh, OK.

I hope the disinterment paperwork wasn't too onerous.

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