Any reason NOT to have a USB mouse?

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  1. TombStone

    TombStone OT Supporter

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    i currently have a normal mouse port opticcal mouse.. but im thinking of getting a usb one... should i or shouldnt i?
     
  2. cmsurfer

    cmsurfer ºllllllº

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    IIRC, most mice come with adapters to make it PS2 if wanted... They also make an adapter to go from PS2 to USB...

    If the mouse works fine, why bother?
     
  3. TombStone

    TombStone OT Supporter

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    well, my current mouse is semi-working. ( my daughters new small puppy has chewed completely through the cord TWICE!! )
     
  4. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Sounds like you should invest in a wireless mouse then ;)
     
  5. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    If you connect your mouse to the PS2 port, you'll leave a USB port open for something else. If you connect the mouse to a USB port, that leaves you an empty PS2 port you really can't use for anything else. Also, USB, at least in Windows, seems to find a lot more ways to not work than PS2 does and its tedious to troubleshoot w/o a mouse. On the other hand, if this is a laptop, go USB since the ability to hotplug is cool when you move your system around and you always have the built in pointing device to fall back on.
     
  6. VoOdOoVyPeR

    VoOdOoVyPeR New Member

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    i have plugged and unplugged the ps2 mice in out and out so many times that it no longer works...so i have to use usb. but i have 8 usb ports so its ok
     
  7. hay112

    hay112 For every sprinkle I find I shall kill you

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    there's no reason to use a USB port for a mouse
     
  8. EvilSS

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    If you use PS2, you can't hot-plug the mouse (usually no big deal but can be annoying when you need to do it).
     
  9. DaIceMan

    DaIceMan Jack Bauer > *.*

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    when installing windows 98 (older machines), USB doesn't always load properly, so a USB mouse is not detected initially.
     
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    depends on your setup. Some mobos are okay with hotplugging ps/2
     
  11. EvilSS

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    Some do, but most don't like it. For some reason servers really hate it.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    that's actually been the opposite in my experience... they're usually designed to handle it due to the use of "crash carts"
     
  13. ledzep73

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    Umm.... no PS2 port is ment to be hotplugged. It is more in the device than the MOBO, they can hold a charge and fuck themselves up, or fry the board. But I have also seen people hotplug AGP and PCI cards... so really its not a big risk, but you still shouldn't do it. I like USB mice because it lets me plug it into the front of my case, which is nice at LANS. I like it that way, no real reason.
     
  14. EvilSS

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    Not sure what servers you've been using. Dells and HP/Compaqs will loose mouse/kb if you try it (even though Dell puts a PS2 port on the front of some of their boxes now). Haven't tried it with a IBM lately, so I can't say if they do or not.
     

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