Hey Guys, I'm having a more severe version of a previous issue I've seem to have had since getting a new 320GB HDD a while back. Basically when I got the new HDD a few months ago now (I THINK it was due to that) my mouse started being more difficult to use, it would freeze up for a split second causing me to miss what I was trying to aim at to click on or highlight. I didn't think to much about it, dirty surface etc. However after I installed my new CPU cooler today its gotten much worse, to the point of its almost impossible to use the mouse. My mouse is the G7, a wireless laser mouse. What I think is happening is my USB ports are dropping in and out due to lack of power. Now the reasons I think this is because it could be a reason why it started happening but much less severe when I got the new HDD a few months ago, my wireless USB dongle has been slow and performing poor of late (past month I guess), and now after installing the new cooler my G15 keyboard doesn't have the "G15" on its LCD like it usually would, yet it is lit up. All those items connect via USB, Mouse is 'freezing' is the usb port dropping in and out, not enough power to the keyboard to fully function, and not enough power to the USB dongle to run at full performance. Could a lack of power be a reason for this to start happening? I have doubts its driver issues with the components because installing a new cooler doesn't cause drivers to stuff up on a mouse, nor keyboard... I don't want to jump into a new power supply if its doubtful thats at fault. I'm going to list every piece of hardware in my system... Antec NeoPower 550 (54 Amps) LG BluRay Player ASUS DVD Player Gigabyte X48-DQ6 XpertVision 8800GT 512MB (After market, stock cooler) (Driver level OC'd) 250GB Seagate 250GB Seagate (yes, two of them) 320GB Seagate Thermaltake Typhoon VX (120MM fan) E8400 (OC'd @ 3.72GHz) DTV9000 TV Tuner (HD) 1 Side Case Fan Drawing from Molex (90mm) 1 Front Case Fan Drawing from Molex (120mm) 1 Rear Case Fan Drawing from Molex (120mm) Asus WLAN USB Dongle G7 Wireless USB Mouse G15 Keyboard (USB) Logitech x530's (Not drawing from system) Remote Control IR Reciever There is a fair chunk of hardware all in my Thermaltake Saprano Mid Case, to the extent its almost full (1HDD Bay left, 2 Floppy Bays, 2 DVD Bays)
What do you think the chances are that the system is pulling to much power to power the USB ports, is there any website (I do remember one somewhere) that made an estamate calculation as to the size of the PSU you'll need going by your other hardware.
Working it out from just a few components, it is feesable its the powersupply... 8800GT - 300+ Watts E8400 CPU - 90+ Watts Thats basically 400 watts in two components... How can I test how much power Im drawing?
Strange though, typing all this post, my keyboard hasn't cut out once yet, if it was truly lack of power, I would expect the keyboard to, aswell as the mouse and other hardware
Hmm... wireless working less right when adding stuff inside the case ? I'd suppose the metal you added (from the hdd and then from the heatsink) might kinda perturbate the wireless signal. Can you like move the dongle from the back of the case to some place where the case won't "hide" it from the mouse using a usb cable ?
Sgt. D. Pilla;4610814Could a lack of power be a reason for this to start happening? I have doubts its driver issues with the components because installing a new cooler doesn't cause drivers to stuff up on a mouse, nor keyboard...
No, it doesn't, but it could be a coincidence and reinstalling the software/drivers for those products is the cheapest (i.e. free) and quickest thing to try.
Also, a 8800GT doesn't use anywhere near 300W, if I remember correctly it's more like 100W-110W (and that's at full load). Besides, if it's low on power most likely the machine will just shut off, I'd be very surprised to find that it's shutting down peripherals to save power.
You do NOT have too little power. There is no way in hell a 8800gt uses 300w+. They use around 90w at load. Your system needs only around 381w of power. For future reference you can use eXtreme Outer Vision - eXtreme tools for computer enthusiasts
That thing you linked to, kow_ciller is very good, but tends to be a little on the low side. Best to add 50-100W on whatever value it spits out.
I really don't imagine your powersupply is having trouble powering a wireless transmiter/reciever... As Archaon suggested, try reinstalling the drivers and software. Also, you may simply have something in the way. I find that if I have my MX Revolution level with the monitor stand, the signal will be interupted, and the mouse will jump as your described. If I move it away from me four inches, it works perfectly.
I've had nothing but problems with the signal reliability of the MX3200 keyboard/mouse combo. My first Logitech mouse was the MX1000, Logitech's first laser mouse. I had the MX610, and a couple of others, none of which were problematic.
I'll give an old style PS2 a go and see what happens. I'll try reinstalling the drivers aswell, I'll get back to you
PS/2 mice and keyboards pwn all wireless \o/
Bluetooth ftw. Nothing like using your keyboard from the other side of the room, rather than having it go out of signal range at the far end of my desk like an RF one does.
I moved my PC to under my desk, I had it sitting above and next to my wireless reciever after i installed the new heatsink. Its behaving a fair bit better, but still rather shocking... Ohwell, Wireless rocks.
@BS. Pft, other side of the room, Personal experiance tells me my wireless mouse worked from the other end of my house, pwns stupid bluetooth