What seems like years ago, and was actually mere months, I mentioned a problem I have with my mouse.
The problem remains to this day, but I have managed to live with it. Frustratingly infuriating (or should that be infuriatingly frustrating?) at times, other times it appears to operate as any proper mouse should.
When I first obtained my wireless mouse, I was literally over the moon. I was able to move my mouse to another side of the room, and click away whenever my screen saver kicked in, which was – and is – very useful if I’m watching a video through my computer. I wouldn’t really have the mouse on the other side of the room for any other reason, but it is somewhat comforting to know that I could do so, if I so wanted.
The freedom is amazing. It was like getting the first TV that had remote control. Sheer bliss. Then, remote control devices were introduced for other things, such as central locking on cars (I don’t have that on my current car and have to lock and unlock the car the old fashioned way, by using a key), remote control blinds and curtains (I currently don’t own any of them), remote control garage doors and driveway gates (Aquatom Mansion doesn’t have driveway gates or a garage) and remote control in-vehicle music systems. (I actually own one of these, but as I’m sat practically on top of the buttons themselves in the car, the need for the remote control isn’t such a great one. Also, as remote control devices have a tendency to go missing, looking for the device whilst driving is actually a hazard, and should be discouraged.)
So, back to my mouse. It has a friendly, pulsating red light that looks as though it is breathing when it is not in use. Even when the computer isn’t switched on, this red light appears and disappears at it’s own very regular pattern. When I then start to use the mouse, the light suddenly shines so brightly, as though I have startled the mouse awake. And the brightness then appears each time I left click, right click, or use the middle wheel.
The red light also shines brightly when I try to sleep.
I can see it, through my closed eyes, brightly pulsating. Not the regular breathing pattern. Oh no. It is shining brightly, as though an invisible hand is touching the mouse, or moving it ever so slightly.
The mouse and the keyboard (which is also wireless) send their ‘signals’ to a little box that is connected to the computer itself. This box has a blue light that flashes whenever the mouse or the keyboard is being used. And, when the mouse isn’t sleeping (when it is flashing brightly by itself and not ‘breathing’) the blue light is flashing in response to it. So, I know that the mouse is doing something…
To keep myself sane, I have put this down to Dot, my ghostly visitor, as she likes anything technical. When I first got the computer, and was trying to use Word, whole sentences would start to be typed out in front of me, or characters would start to appear in username and password boxes on websites when I wasn’t typing them. I put these down to Dot too, although I have no idea how she could do that.
So, Dot explains the mouse’s actions when I’m not using it, but she can’t be the reason for the other problem that I have. The problem when I am using it.
- I click the mouse – nothing happens on screen, it is as though I haven’t clicked.
- I want to single click – it double clicks.
- I want to highlight a block of text – it starts to highlight what I am selecting, then loses it’s grip and then highlights the latter part of the text… or even worse it highlights the beginning of the text, and then cuts it and inserts it somewhere else in the text.
- I want to click on a certain part of the screen – the curser moves to another part of the screen (usually the corner X that closes the application down)
I don’t see Dot doing that, as she is a friendly ghost. So maybe Dot isn’t responsible for the mouse suddenly flashing brightly when it isn’t in use. Which, can only mean one other thing.
My mouse is possessed.
Possessed by an intermittent entity that isn’t sinister, isn’t evil, isn’t nasty in any way, but very very mischievous. One that needs to make it’s presence known through my mouse.