Mouse down!!! – Updated..

Published on: Author: Mike Hall

My once trusty Microsoft Mouse 5000, part of the Microsoft Comfort 5000 desktop set is KAPUT. Two days ago, the scroll wheel just let go. It still clicks but it doesn’t scroll, and on a 19” widescreen monitor, websites require a lot of scrolling.

What about the scrollbars, you may ask? Well, if it wasn’t for the Windows 8 Charms thing flying out at me even though it is set NOT to fly out, it may not have been so bad, but alas.. Smile

So now I have the curious Logitech M600 Touch mouse running alongside my MS Comfort 5000 keyboard. See here for my post on the M600..

Fortunately, it doesn’t clash with the MS Dual Receiver which enables the keyboard, so all is not as bad as it could be.

Replacing the MS 5000 mouse will not be easy because it is not made anymore and is the ONLY MS mouse which would respond to the dual receiver, as far as I am aware.

What next?

Well, I have a keyboard I really like and a mouse which works, but I have a feeling that the computer will try to re-install the MS Mouse 5000 as soon as it realizes that I have removed it. The batteries are out of it so there is no way that the mouse can directly affect anything. It remains to be seen whether the software will conflict with the Logitech M600.

When the keyboard goes West, I will be looking for a Logitech keyboard which can be paired to the ‘unifying receiver’ of the M600 and my many years of using Microsoft input devices will be over. Needless to say, I am hoping that the keyboard holds up as I simply don’t have the funds to replace it.


Update.. After a really heavy blast through the aperture where the scroll wheel surfaces, it is scrolling again, which is incredibly good news as I really like the Comfort 5000 desktop set and I don’t want to lose it.

While in panic mode, I looked at both Microsoft and Logitech hardware websites. My, hasn’t the range been chopped down. There is hardly anything left on either sites, and curved keyboards have pretty much disappeared completely. Ouch!!

A desktop user could get to hating tablets, ya know.. Smile