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Mad Mouse

If you have a GPS receiver which can power up or down (e.g. chart plotters or hand held GPS units):

  1. Start with your computer off.
  2. Connect the GPS to your computer.
  3. Turn on the power for your GPS unit.
  4. Start your computer.
  5. Wait until the mouse starts jumping.
  6. Turn off the power to the GPS (i.e. shut down your GPS) but leave the GPS connected to the computer.
    a. OPTIONAL - If there is a serial-to-USB adapter cable between your GPS serial port and the computer, you may disconnect the GPS from the serial-to-USB adapter cable. In all cases, leave the USB connector plugged in to your computer.
  7. For Windows XP or Windows 2000:
    a. Click Start
    b. Right-click on My Computer
  8. For Windows Vista:
    a. Click Start
    b. Right-click on Computer
  9. Click Properties, a new window will open called "System Properties"
  10. Click on the Hardware tab
  11. Click the button labeled Device Manager, this will open a new window
  12. A list of devices will appear.
  13. Click on the "+" symbol to the left of "Mice and other pointing devices"
  14. You should see listed a "Microsoft Serial Ballpoint"
  15. Right-click "Microsoft Serial Ballpoint"
  16. Click Disable
  17. This will mark that device with a red X, and it should not bother you again.
  18. Now you can close the Device Manager window.
  19. Shut down your computer.
  20. Reconnect the GPS (if disconnected)
  21. Turn the power on for the GPS.
  22. Start your computer.
  23. You should have a stable mouse now.

If you have a GPS receiver which can NOT power up or down (e.g. "hockey puck" type GPS receivers):

These are the keyboard equivalents to the above steps and can be performed while the mouse is randomly jumping around the screen.

  1. Start with your computer off.
  2. Connect the GPS to your computer.
  3. Start your computer.
  4. Wait until the mouse starts jumping.
  5. Press and release the Windows key (it has the Windows logo on it, typically to the left of the spacebar on the bottom row between the "Ctrl" button and the "Alt" button.
  6. Press the Down arrow key
  7. For Windows XP or Windows 2000: a. Use down arrow and right arrow keys to navigate to highlight My Computer
  8. For Windows Vista: a. Use down arrow and right arrow keys to navigate to highlight Computer
  9. Press the Menu key (it is typically to the right of the spacebar on the bottom row between the "Ctrl" button and the "Alt" button)
  10. Use the arrow keys to highlight Properties
  11. Press the Enter key, a new window will open called "System Properties"
  12. Use the arrow keys to highlight the Hardware tab
  13. Press the Tab key to highlight the Device Manager button
  14. Press the Enter key, this will open a new window
  15. Press Tab, this will highlight the top item in the list (generally the name of your computer)
  16. Use the down arrow to highlight "Mice and other pointing devices"
  17. Press the right arrow key
  18. You should see listed a "Microsoft Serial Ballpoint"
  19. Use down arrow to select "Microsoft Serial Ballpoint"
  20. Press the Menu key (right of spacebar)
  21. Use down arrow to select Disable
  22. Press Enter
  23. Press the Windows key
  24. Use the arrow keys to select Shut Down to restart your computer
  25. Reconnect the GPS
  26. Start your computer
  27. You should have a stable mouse now.

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