Bluetooth: Five Fixes for Problems with Mouse

   Posted November 2, 2005 by David Kirk in Windows

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Bluetooth is known for its unpredictable performance. Here are easy fixes for a common problem: a jerky, inconsistent mouse.

A nearby office recently upgraded to an all-Bluetooth setup. They were trying to get rid of the wire clutter, and they had several Bluetooth tools they used already.

Many people started asking me why their mouse movement was not smooth or accurate anymore. Here are the problems that I found and fixed.

1. Excessive Bluetooth Devices – If your Bluetooth network is trying to connect to numerous devices at once, your mouse movement will suffer. Turn off the devices you are not using.

2. Poor USB Bluetooth Dongle Location – If you put your dongle on the back of your computer and shove the system into the back of your desk, the signal has to travel far and through a lot of material. Use a USB extender and tape the dongle on the back of the desk. It will be out of the way but closer to your mouse.

3. Low Battery in Device – If the signal is weak coming out of your mouse, the device will not function properly . Replace those batteries.

4. Interference with Wireless Networks – Although rare, I have seen problems when a Bluetooth device or dongle was very close to a powerful wireless signal. The biggest problem I saw was a dongle placed right next to a wireless router.

5. Poor Drivers – Many Bluetooth systems come with poor drivers. Updating them helps a great deal.


About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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