The Ridiculousness That Is My Logitech MX 1000 Laser Mouse
by, 08-11-2011 at 06:32 PM (5228 Views)
So, I have a Logitech MX 1000 cordless laser mouse. It's not the most modern, but I like it. It feels good in my hand, the battery lasts FOREVER and still recharges properly, all the buttons work, and has great range. I have no reason to buy a new mouse.
When I first bought it, I was running Windows XP. If I plugged the wireless base/charger into a USB port, the mouse would behave erratically. It would take on a mind of its own and start jumping across the screen. It had a particular fondness of the far right hand side, about 2/3's of the way up the screen. I tried driver updates, re-installs, other generic drivers, and more swearing than actual speaking. I ended up trying it in a PS/2 port using an adapter and all the problems went away. So from that point on, in all my system rebuilds, I've always used the PS/2 port on the motherboard with a USB adapter for the mouse.
I just did my system rebuild and everything has been going great on a technical level. I have some physical issues I need to finish, but from a tech side; it's done.
In this new system I have no more PS/2 ports, so I don't have anything to plug the adapter in to. I figured I would try it using USB again. We're talking about YEARS of use, four different operating systems with about 6 different generations of rebuilds. Whatever bugs the thing had back in those XP days must be fixed by now.
Surely not. With the new hardware the same problem exists as it did on day 1. I've gone through all the support forums again and tried all the solutions. The Logitech supplied driver is just a mess and just enrages the demon. With the Logitech crap installed, the mouse now seems to forget at times that it can move on both the x AND y axis. I'll my moving my mouse up and it will just suddenly stop and REFUSE to move up any more unless I move it a good distance to the side first. Picking it up and slamming it on the desk also seems to work. It's odd that a driver update would enable such violent troubleshooting interfaces, but it's allowing me to reach that top menu at least!.
I started writing this to post a simple photo showing what I went through to get this thing hooked up and solve the problem. I found it relatively amusing and thought I would share. Unfortunately, the solution SEEMED to resolve the problem but then during the course of cutting & pasting URLs for the links, the old demon-possessed mouse reared it's crazed head. So, before I continue, let me at least share that picture.
I had a couple of those USB to PS/2 KM adapters from years ago that were still new in their packaging. I also had my other trusty green PS/2 to USB adapter. So I went from USB on the motherboard, to PS/2, back to USB to the mouse. Surely, this would do the trick and satisfy the demon.
I need a new mouse.
Logitech has failed me. It's not the first time either.
Now that I think about it, just about EVERYTHING I own from Logitech suffers from some sort of flaw like this. My new Logitech G930 Headset is fantastic. Wireless, great sound. But it gets really picky about me turning the thing on and off sometimes. It just has a mind of it's own and is going to do what it wants. The power button is little more than a suggestion at this point. It's not physically broken, or pushed in. Mechanically, it sounds great. It just doesn't WORK.
I also have the Logitech Revue. I really like Google TV. I think most of the reviews of the product are complete BS and I don't honestly believe the "reviewers" ever really even used the product other than giving it a cursory look. And then there are countless numbers of people who are just parroting what they read on other sites with ZERO experience. Google TV is a fantastic product for so many reasons. The "...but I can just..." arguments that say it's just as easy to use a laptop, build an HTPC, use an iPad, or any other number of combinations don't convince me. I have all of those devices, but the thing is; you don't NEED to use anything else. Once you adjust how you think about finding and watching content, the thing is just amazing. The networks are loosing a MASSIVE revenue opportunity with this thing because they are blocking it rather than monetizing it. So much potential.
So. I like Google TV, but the Logitech Revue has it's demon moments too. The media player app they include on the device as bloatware doesn't work for crap. It's been in "beta" since the day the Revue was released and they haven't done a damn thing with it. I don't care what format I transcode or recode a file into, it simply doesn't work.
I think I'm done with Logitech. Unless they GIVE me a product that works properly, make a PROMISE to work to support their products better and THEN let me pay them, I'm not going to send another dime of my money to that company.
I need a new mouse manufacturer.