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My dead mouse story

This is the setup: I have an HP Pavillion zd7000 laptop. It's getting old. Attached to it I have a Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical USB mouse.The OS is Windows XP with SP2 and later SP3.

For the past few months (yes: months!), the mouse has been driving me nuts. How: at seemingly random intervals, the mouse disconnects, then reconnects. Maybe once, maybe multiple times in rapid succesion. If I'm lucky, the "Unrecognized USB Device" bubble pops up.

I have lots of USB ports, some on the laptop and some on the docking station. It does not seem to make any difference where the mouse is connected. The error happens randomly.

My first approach was to reinstall drivers, check the status of the USB bus, tell the device manager to rescan for new hardware devices, etc, etc, etc. Nothing worked. And today, I found this site:

http://www.deadharddrive.com/deadmouse/

Ha! Finally somebody described exactly what I was seeing. It ended up being a hardware issue with the mouse, more specific…