Working on me laptop last night I started to nod off a bit so I thought I would go to bed to finish some work that I am miles behind. Only did a bit then fell asleep, put the machine on the floor at the side of the bed – woke up and stood on it. I now have a black spider staring at me that flickers in such a way that it looks like its winking.
Got an e-card e-mail, apparently from my daughter, so clicked on the link.
Result, my wireless optical mouse froze almost immediately. Tried to initialise it again - no luck.
Keyboard then kaput. Dug out old corded keyboard and use keyboard shortcuts to try and find culprit and found Ad-Aware would not work in Safe Mode.
Did a System Restore. No joy. Eventually got Search and Destroy to work in normal XP mode and found something called GrokLoader, only second unwanted guest since first using Firefox and Thunderbird over past six or seven months. Got rid of it.
Mouse still would not work nor would its wireless keyboard companion.
Re-read manual and discovered that when initialising the mouse I'd not press the receiver button before initialising the keyboard - both were acquired a few weeks ago so had forgotten the procedure. Still no mouse use.
Then realisation suddenly dawned. In the gathering gloom, the mouse's normal red glow was missing. The Duracell batteries were flat....:-(
New batteries and I was away again. The mouse's demise had, it turned out, proved an amazing coincidence whilst clicking on the e-mail link.