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  • dxmnkd316
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    If it's just the optical mouse failing, sometimes the surface needs better "texture" so the mouse can pick up movement.

    if it's both the touchpad and the optical, then I would check your task manager to see if anything is maxing out your cpu.

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  • WisconsinWildcard
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    Originally posted by burd View Post

    Referring to the mouse? Optical laser, I think. I'm an obvious idiot at such things. Neither the mouse nor the touchpad fails completely, but neither functions properly.
    Update drivers recently?

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  • burd
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

    Optical/Laser or is this on the touchpad?
    Referring to the mouse? Optical laser, I think. I'm an obvious idiot at such things. Neither the mouse nor the touchpad fails completely, but neither functions properly.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by burd View Post

    It sticks, stops, and balks. Refuses to bend to my will.

    Doesn't whisper to me, though, Kep. That's the guy over by the window.
    Optical/Laser or is this on the touchpad?

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  • burd
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

    Can you explain the symptoms a little more?
    It sticks, stops, and balks. Refuses to bend to my will.

    Doesn't whisper to me, though, Kep. That's the guy over by the window.

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  • MarkEagleUSA
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Are we talking the condenser unit? Can't you just spray it with a hose? Cleans the bulk of the gunk off the condenser fins and coils. Just need to make sure you're not damaging the fins. I do it twice a year. Spring before the first hot days and in the fall after the leaves have dropped. You shouldn't need an aggressive cleaner.
    When you clean the condenser from the outside (the side you can see) you risk forcing the debris further into the fins. The purpose of the foaming cleaner is to pull that debris out.

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  • Kepler
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    Latency? Test cable / change battery.

    Disappearing? Reboot your machine too many processes.

    Whispering to you to kill people? Listen.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by burd View Post
    This question does not fit this thread exactly, but here goes.

    My laptop curser is misbehaving, both with the touchscreen and bluetooth mouse. burd is confused and thinking more and more about kicking the dog. This dog would kick my arse if I tried that, so help a guy out.
    Can you explain the symptoms a little more?

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  • burd
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    This question does not fit this thread exactly, but here goes.

    My laptop curser is misbehaving, both with the touchscreen and bluetooth mouse. burd is confused and thinking more and more about kicking the dog. This dog would kick my arse if I tried that, so help a guy out.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by state of hockey View Post

    Touch them at most angles, you've bent all of them over. Touch them at one specific angle, you've received at least 20 parallel cuts you didn't feel until you noticed blood all over the place.
    I know the pain of that one from trying to fix my freezer fan...

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  • state of hockey
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    I will say this. Don't pressure wash it. The fins are the bible paper of the metal world
    Touch them at most angles, you've bent all of them over. Touch them at one specific angle, you've received at least 20 parallel cuts you didn't feel until you noticed blood all over the place.

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  • The Sicatoka
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    Originally posted by joecct View Post

    Have you tried the State Cooperative Extension Service for your county or at UND?
    Once they drop the leaves in July the foresters (city, county, NDSU Extension) all say they have to go. One was so bad the chain saw was spraying water cutting it up.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    I will say this. Don't pressure wash it. The fins are the bible paper of the metal world

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  • joecct
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

    Are we talking the condenser unit? Can't you just spray it with a hose? Cleans the bulk of the gunk off the condenser fins and coils. Just need to make sure you're not damaging the fins. I do it twice a year. Spring before the first hot days and in the fall after the leaves have dropped. You shouldn't need an aggressive cleaner.
    It's really dirty. YT U seems to think a spray foam may be necessary. Better safe than sorry this time. Next spring I'll just try the hose.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by joecct View Post

    I had one die in the old house. Bought a replacement from Amazon and hooked it up with minimum fuss. Just make sure you wire it correctly.

    One other thing to check -- the pipes that lead to the pump may be clogged with years of gunk. I had that problem too around the same time. Bought a test tube cleaner brush and gave the pipes a workout. That cured the problem.

    Since then I've become diligent in cleaning the pipe u-turn (trap?) once a year.

    Finally, clean your outside unit at least once every 2 years. My AC company wanted $400, but YouTube U showed me how to do it. You need a shop vac, spray foam cleaner made for ac's (home supply store or Amazon) and a garden hose. Looks like a 1-2 hour job. Cleaner arrives tomorrow from Amazon.
    Are we talking the condenser unit? Can't you just spray it with a hose? Cleans the bulk of the gunk off the condenser fins and coils. Just need to make sure you're not damaging the fins. I do it twice a year. Spring before the first hot days and in the fall after the leaves have dropped. You shouldn't need an aggressive cleaner.

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