cordless mouse question

  acein1 12:43 13 Dec 2004

hi my friend has a "gateway" p/c ,where the mouse is connected to the "keyboard" via usb,the problem is the mouse cable is a pest always getting in the way, can he just buy a cordless mouse,or dose he have to buy a keyboard also,sorry if this is adaft question,but any advice about this and any pitfalls that he may incounter would be appreciated along with suggestion on which mouse/keyboard etc thanks

  Brian-336451 12:55 13 Dec 2004

My wife and I have wireless mice on our different computers.

What generally happens is that there is some sort of receiver which is plugged into a USB port on the computer somewhere (it doesn't have to face front necessarily).

The mouse itself generally has a couple of batteries ranging from AA's in the larger rodent (probably ought to be renamed to a rat!) to AAA in my 'notebook' version which is tiny.

Have a look at Belkin, Logitech and Microsoft. They are more or less similar but often have slightly different 'bells and whistles' it's really a matter of personal taste.

If you've a branch of PC World nearby you can actually look at one physically, but they are cheaper on line usually.

I've been using one for about 2 years - I'll NEVER go back now. Might I suggest that you invest in rechargeable batteries (two sets is a good idea too for when they run out).

It's Sod's Law that the batteries give up the Ghost when it's least convenient.

Hope that helps.

  TomJerry 12:56 13 Dec 2004

if it has usb port or ps/2 port, he can get any usb or ps/2 mouse be wired or wireless

  Diodorus Siculus 13:03 13 Dec 2004

It will depend on the connections on the back of the PC for mouse / keyboard. Generally speaking, there should be a couple of PS2 connectors - about the size of a 5p coin.

I don't know if Gateway had their own type - it is possible.

What happens when the mouse is detached from the keyboard (can it?)? You may be able to replace it with a USB mouse?

  Diodorus Siculus 13:03 13 Dec 2004

I must remember to refresh... :-(

  acein1 13:41 13 Dec 2004

thank you all for advice,i am a bit confused , yes he can disconect the mouse from the keyboard,but when he tried another mouse in the usb port on the back of the p/c it would not work,as far as i know there are NO ps/2 ports on the back of the p/c usb only

  Stuartli 14:26 13 Dec 2004

Look for two round Din type sockets - one should be green and the other purple. The green one is for a mouse, whether corded type or via onnecting a transmitter for a wireless version.

Some motherboard have a differnt type of PS/2 connecter and you may require an adapter (a lead with a female socket of each to use either way) in which to fit the mouse receiver's lead.

  Brian-336451 12:13 14 Dec 2004

Name me a computer built in the last 5 years or so that doesn't have at least 2 USB slots? Especially Gateway that was modern enough to combine mouse/keyboard connections.

That's why I made the assumption.

Wireless mice often/always come with software anyway so you might just have to run the software before you plug in the wireless mouse receiver.

So in answer to your question - yes

If you are running Win98 you will almost certainly need to load the drivers that come on the installation disk.

If you're running XP , it's possible (depending on manufacturer) the computer will 'recognise' the mouse. Failing that load the drivers.

- your question is phrased in such a manner as to sound as if you shouldn't ask. Your question is MOST reasonable and is one the the reasons this site exists.

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