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Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2003 - 5:59 pm:   

This problem concerns a customer of mine. I do not have access to his computer, as it is owned by his company and its use is heavily restricted (he can't even access Control Panel). I work for an ISP and I installed for this customer a static IP with a Zyxel cablemodem/router, which is configured to be used as a cablemodem only, because it is connected to just one client (my customer's laptop.)
The laptop is a Dell Latitude C610 with Windows XP Pro loaded, and is connected to a docking station that came with it (also from Dell). It has a Dell Ergonomic 1.2a USB Compatible Mouse that fits into the docking station. All of this was set up brand new just a few days ago by his company. The drivers for it are installed, according to the customer. The customer called me and said that his mouse was jumping all over the place and that his own tech support had not been able to figure out why - they even dial-accessed into his machine and looked at the configuration. He also mentioned (finally) that his cable light was blinking, which means that his Zyxel modem was not online. I said that as far as I know the network connection should have nothing to do with the mouse working properly or not, but that the modem should be online all the time - tried to explain how a static IP works. He *says* he didn't disconnect it, but I do know that he has already disconnected it once already, and that he also shuts down and disconnects his laptop every night. I asked him to reboot the Zyxel modem anyway, to get it back online. It came back online immediately no problem, but, as soon as it did, this is the weird part: his mouse began to behave normally. Since he was happy he could finally get to work again, I left it at that, but now I want to know if anyone out there knows why the heck this mouse should in any way be affected by the network connection? It makes no sense to me, and I am mystified. Help?
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2003 - 11:32 am:   

that's the trouble with this, hard to know unless you have access to the pc. usually when i get into this situation, i can only shrug and say "all right, it works" and leave it at that.

to those that read this, i'm sort of back online, but not fully as i got a j o b. (filthy word like w o r k). actually, i'm thinking of independent as opposed to starting a business now. have fun guys and gals. hope to be back more often as i can.

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