I hate not having a mouse for my laptop!

United States
February 26, 2012 10:16pm CST
I really do! My mouse was causing my computer.. both my laptops go crazy, but they worked perfectly when I use the finger pad. I hate the finger pads though.. I've used a mouse since I got both computers.. I would just change the mouse from one laptop to the other when I was using one. I've been doing okay with the finger pad, but sometimes the cursor jumps and starts typing someplace else and I hate that. In order to stop that I have to push the button at the top to disable the finger pad and then when I want to move the cursor I have to push the button again to enable the finger pad.. it is a real nuisance. I like to work on Microworkers, I just started there recently and have already gotten to reach payout.. I wanted to work more, but it is really frustrating without a mouse. I work much faster with a mouse. What are your thoughts about using the finger pad? Does your cursor jump? Mine does every now and then and it even will hit archive when I haven't even touched it.. so I have to keep it from jumping by disabling the finger pad. Grrrr! Thanks in advance for your comments..
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33 responses
• China
27 Feb 12
Well,the mouse is really convenient for a computer,and the finger pad is also convenient.The mouse is easy to operate,and easy to move to a certain place.but it takes more energy for the mouse to move.That is to say,we have to overcome more friction when using a mouse.The finger pad takes less energy,it's smoother.But it's more difficult to move to a certain place,and usually takes multiple movements to make a correct shift in the cursor.Besides,as you have mentioned,it may casue the cursor to move to a wrong place when we type words with the keyboard.Therefore,in general,it's better for us to use a mouse.But when we get tired after using a mouse,we may then use finger pad for some time.
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• United States
27 Feb 12
It is much more bothersome to me to use the touch pad, because the cursor just doesn't move as fast and moves where I don't want it to and then I have to chase it around the screen. I hate it. There's no problem like that with the mouse.
@dabieO (120)
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
i am so slow without having my laptop a mouse. :) though it run so well. but its diff. when it has a mouse. u can work faster.. maybe because my fingers are not not fan of using mouse pad.
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• United States
27 Feb 12
I work faster with a mouse too. Sometimes the finger pad works okay on this mini laptop, but usually I have to keep moving my fingers on the pad trying to get the cursor where I want it.. just drives me nuts.
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@stephcjh (38557)
• United States
27 Feb 12
I know what you mean. I just installed a new mouse and it still jumps around and jerks. I have tried everything that I know, to fix the problem but it still does it. It says to move cell phones and such away from the mouse but I have tried everything and nothing seems to work. Any thoughts? I go to move my mouse and it it is very sluggish at times too. I run my anti-virus daily too and clean cookies and files and also run my disk defragment. Nothing helps.
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• United States
27 Feb 12
I don't have any idea what you could do to stop the jumping. Mine doesn't jump with the mouse.. only without the mouse when i use the touch pad. It doesn't do it when I disable the touch pad with the little button on top.
@choybel (5042)
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
You definitely wrote down my sentiments right now. I am on a laptop without a mouse and wishing so much to have one now for reasons you have stated. I think I'm going to buy one soon or maybe borrow from a friend. I just find it easier to have a working mouse.
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• United States
27 Feb 12
Exactly. A mouse is so much more efficient than a finger pad that doesn't communicate with the cursor properly. It just goes crazy and does what it wants to do.
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@imfr33 (98)
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
I think it depends on the user's preferences and applications that utilizes it's use^^ Touchpad's (or fingerpad) sensitivity can be adjusted with the software driver it came with, try playing with the settings to see what fits you. Well, yeah.. having a mouse around when you run out of patience with the touchpad is good, hehe
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• United States
27 Feb 12
I really have no idea what you are talking about. I wouldn't know where to start.. what settings? where? You are talking geek to me now and I'm not a computer geek..lol.
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@almond24 (1248)
• Hungary
27 Feb 12
I prefer using a mouse too! When I started using my laptop, the finger pads bothered me so much, and the cursor always jumped. I don't know how it happened, but it stopped jumping. Mouse definitely makes work faster. One advantage of the fingerpad is that my hand gets tired less easily using it, but I don't know others.
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• United States
27 Feb 12
Me too. I'm very quick with the mouse. I can't stand just working with this finger pad. I'll be able to do the jobs I want to do much better with the mouse.
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@GardenGerty (149115)
• United States
27 Feb 12
I have never had a mouse on my laptop. yes, my cursor jumps sometimes. I will say that you are the second friend that has reminded me of Microworkers. I went and did some tasks tonight. I do not understand all about Alert Pay, but I can always use my balance there to fund something else.I guess I have just gotten used to having the finger pad. Work laptops all have mice, but I find I revert to doing the finger pad.
• United States
27 Feb 12
I just don't like that jumping. In order for it not to jump when I am writing is to push that little button up at the top to disable the finger pad. I would push this button if I were using a mouse. I couldn't get approved for alert pay for some reason... it didn't believe I was me or something... I signed up for moneybookers.. but not sure how that works. I have requested payout but I have to wait for a pin to be mailed to me.
@winterose (39887)
• Canada
27 Feb 12
Steven has a wireless mouse he likes it, I don't have one, what is microworkers
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@MsTickle (25187)
• Australia
8 Mar 12
I've been using a mouse ever since I started using a computer so of course, when I switched to a laptop, my mouse came too. I've had problems from time to time and found out that a mouse has a short life in some instances...in other words, they don't laugh forever. I have a laser mouse now and I've had it for the longest time. When it starts to play up I will switch to a wireless one I guess. I've never had the problems you mention. Sometimes, when I'm using all my USB sots for other things I will use my pad but it always works ok. I don't mind the pad, I'm just more accustomed to my mouse.
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• United States
11 Mar 12
That’s all that I ever have is a laser mouse. I would never waste money on the ball kind ever again. I don’t even want one with a cord… I love having it cordless.
• United States
27 Feb 12
I feel the same way. The first laptop that I had a couple of years ago, I wasn't able to use the finger pad after a few months because it stopped working for some reason. I guess after you use it for a long time it starts to rub off, which is what happened to mine. For this laptop that I am using right now I knew that I had to buy a mouse as soon as I was able to before the same thing happened to this finger pad. Also, the if you use the finger pad for a long time it starts to get hot and that's bad for your fingers. So right now I have a small mouse that I use which is just perfect for me and I feel that it's better than the finger pad. Although the finger pad is convenient as well, but when at hope or when I'm stationed somewhere I prefer to use the mouse. My cursor hasn't been jumping but I think you should get a mouse to see if that's the problem. It could be that the finger pad could be the problem and might be getting damaged or something. Good luck and Happy Mylotting!
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• United States
27 Feb 12
Right.. with a proper working mouse the cursor won't jump. I'll be getting a mouse as soon as possible. The one I had was about 3 years old or more. The chip inside the thing must have gone defective for whatever reason.
@LaDeBoheme (2005)
• United States
27 Feb 12
I am a 'mouse' person, but then again, I have a desktop. When I do use a laptop, I just cannot get the finger pad to function like I want it because I am so used to a mouse.
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• United States
27 Feb 12
I'm the same way. My right hand keeps reaching for the mouse. Doing surveys and doing microworkers is a pain without the mouse. I can handle mylot and my writing with the finger pad, I've gotten used to it, but I really miss my mouse. I will get a cordless mouse when I get paid in a few days.
27 Feb 12
I guess I am in the minority but I prefer the finger pad on a laptop to any type of mouse. It to me seems so much more efficient, it's right ther eand doesn't take big arm movements to go from the keyboard to the mouse, and then when using the mouse it's just your finger moving and my wrists don't seem to get tired.
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• United States
27 Feb 12
I just lost everything I typed. I hate not having a mouse. The finger pad and the cursor don't communicate very well... the cursor doesn't do what i want it to do. It takes a lot more movement for me to get it to obey than to just reach for my mouse. Plus with my mouse there is no jumping and my post doesn't get selected and deleted without me even doing it. It's freaking crazy.
27 Feb 12
I think mouse on the computer is really good because when I play or do commentaries online then I really need the mouse for example when playing mine craft I really need it to move and pick blocks up but when I'm surfing on the net I don't need it so much but when having a mouse it's enjoying when the wire comes in front of the keypad so buying a mouse would be good on some occasions but funking to get a mouse I think a wireless mouse is reliable
• United States
27 Feb 12
I have a laptop now and I really havent had to many problems with it until I try and do something using the fingerpad. I invested in one of the wireless mouse systems that you just plug into the usb port and have not had anymore problems with. It froze up the first time I ever plugged it into the computer but I think it was because I had to many programs running at one time. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who has trouble with the fingerpad like I did. Inexpensive but very reliable.
@Kalyni2011 (3496)
• India
10 Mar 12
Sister Just now i responded to a discussion in which you told about the cordless mouse , hope you are enjoying it. Best of luck. Happy posting, cheers. Kalyani
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@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
Hi there Pointlessquestions, Wow i never thought i would hear this from anybody else, i too have a problem with that before, and lucky for you you can activate and deactivate that mouse pad ny laptop doesn't have that kind of feature. But my remedy is i bought an external keyboard and use a mouse to avoid anymore hassle's i suggest you just get a new mouse so that you can avoid this nuisance, happy lotting and welcome i love to answer back on your topics they are always giving new knowledge and interest.
• United States
27 Feb 12
Yes, I'm going to get a new mouse when I get paid in a few days. I also have a cordless keyboard but it goes with the mouse that doesn't work right.. it's the USB plug thingy that is causing my computer to make pluses and minuses in the text all on its own.. it goes crazy... it even does it on my mini laptop too... for some reason so I threw it away.
@KrauseHome (36570)
• United States
2 Mar 12
Personally the only way I am able to do anything from my Laptop in myLot, etc. is because of having a mouse, as I am not that great in maneuvering around in there without one. So I would think your best bet my friend is to consider buying a New mouse. If you look around you can now find these at a pretty decent price.
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• United States
2 Mar 12
Hi Tina, I hate that finger pad thingy! The cursor just goes all over the place and no obeying my finger movements on the pad. It's so much work trying to get it to obey. I'm so glad to have my older mouse back.. it's working perfectly.
• United States
28 Feb 12
I just got a used laptop a few weeks ago and I also hate the finger pad. When I go to type anything my hand hits the pad and the cursor moves all of the place. I would rather use a mouse any day of a finger pad. Thats what I like to use my desktop computer, No finger pad. I did not know there was a way to disable the finger pad. I will have to check it out.
• United States
28 Feb 12
I just found my old cordless microsoft optical mouse that I thought was lost. I thought the driver was lost, but it was attached to the bottom of the mouse...yayyyyi! I thought I lost it in NY, but my son in law must have found it and put it together. Anyway I found it and installed it and now I have a working mouse! It's such a relief. Now I will go to Microworkers and do some work. I just can't do it effectively without a mouse.
@JohnRok1 (2051)
28 Feb 12
P.S. There's a poem by Robert Browning that starts "Grrrr!" - oops, sorry, one "r" too many, it's "Grrr". You've retained your originality, PQ, by slipping in that extra "r".
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• United States
28 Feb 12
Thanks for noticing!
@JohnRok1 (2051)
28 Feb 12
I know what you mean about the finger pad - I have real problems with mine. It happens to be an Acer, but I suspect it's the luck of the draw rather than the brand.
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• United States
28 Feb 12
Mine is an Acer too. My Minnie laptop doesn't skip that I remember.
• United States
29 Feb 12
I use a regular mouse attached to my laptop. The mouse pad on the computer or the finger pad as you call it, is really a pain. When I type my hands seems to hit it accidentally and you wind up typing all over the place. I disabled mine. Now it is so much easier to just work.
• United States
1 Mar 12
My finger pad is really a pain too. I found my other cordless mouse that I thought was lost. The part that sticks into the USB I thought was lost, but it was fitted into the bottom of the mouse. I took it to NY with me and thought it got left behind or something.. but someone stuck it into its place under the mouse where it was meant to fit. Funny thing is, I never knew that place was there to store the usb thingy... so I'm happy now that I have a mouse again.
@magester1 (148)
• Argentina
27 Feb 12
I think the same, but that's just because you're too used to using the mouse. Give it a couple of days, weeks at most, and you'll be using the pad as if it were a mouse. This happens to absolutely everyone who starts on a laptop.
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• United States
28 Feb 12
I want a mouse for microworkers. It's just easier and faster for me. I've not even gone to microworkers in 3 days because it's too annoying using the touch pad. The cursor doesn't always obey my commands on the finger pad. I hate it.