How to Prevent Your Computer Mouse From Freezing

When your mouse becomes frozen on your PC screen, you’ll want to do some troubleshooting to resolve the problem.

After changing to new batteries, you want to make sure you have the newest drivers installed and that your wireless connection is optimized. You also want to make sure this is not a software problem with your computer and lastly that the sensor/laser of your mouse is clean!

I will explain all of these fixes in detail below!

Why would a mouse freeze on the screen of your PC?

A mouse might freeze on the screen of your PC for a number of reasons. Sometimes the problem is due to a bad battery.

The first step to troubleshooting your mouse is to check whether the driver is corrupt or outdated.

To check this, open Device Manager and right-click on the HID-compliant mouse. Repeat this process for all instances of the device.

Once this step has been completed, Windows should automatically reinstall the device’s drivers. If it doesn’t, you may need to download support software from the manufacturer’s website.

If this is not the case, you can try swapping the battery or replacing the mouse. If none of these solutions works, you can use the Hardware Troubleshooter function to troubleshoot the issue.

The main cause for the freezing of the computer mouse is due to the mouse’s drivers. Sometimes, a driver error may cause the mouse to freeze.

This can happen if the mouse is plugged into the USB port. Another common cause of a frozen mouse is a virus or malware infection. If you’ve already installed an antivirus, you can remove it or disable the automatic scanning feature.

Change or charge the batteries

Frozen computer mice can be caused by outdated mouse drivers. To solve this problem, you can update the drivers by using Device Manager. If the mouse freezes up after installing new drivers, you can also try restarting your computer.

Another common cause of freezing computer mice is too much memory usage. If your computer has too much RAM, you might encounter problems such as lagging and freezing screen.

Low battery can also be the cause of freezing. If your computer’s battery is running low, it can result in the mouse hanging up. If you want to avoid the mouse from hanging, make sure you change or charge the battery.

It is also important to check the mouse’s lift-off distance (LOD). If the mouse is too high, it could cause sensor spin outs or bad tracking. Also, check the texture of the mouse’s pad to ensure it doesn’t cause LOD issues.

Update the mouse firmware

If your mouse is freezing on your computer, the likely cause is outdated drivers. Another possible cause is a computer virus, or a registry change. Before updating the driver, try a different mouse on the same computer to rule out a hardware problem. Also, you should make sure that the mouse is compatible with your computer.

If you’re using a USB port to connect your computer to the internet, you may be experiencing a lag in the mouse’s response time. A lagging mouse may be a result of a graphics card driver that is too old. You can try updating your display driver manually or automatically.

Move the receiver closer to the mouse

Sometimes the unifying receiver may be too far away from the computer mouse. In this situation, you can try rolling your mouse closer to the receiver. This will allow the pointer to sync with the mouse’s position on the monitor. If this doesn’t work, you can try moving the receiver further away.

If the mouse doesn’t respond after you move it closer, you can try resetting the computer. This can solve the problem of freezing. Another way to fix the problem is to clean the surface of the mouse pad. If it is dirty, it will affect the movement of the mouse.

Use a wired mouse!

Yep, this one is self explanatory. No batteries and wireless connection – no worries!

A wired mouse has several stability advantages over a wireless one…

This is why most professional games prefer to use a wired computer mouse as any freezing or glitches are critical during tournaments!

Clean the laser emitter below the mouse

If your computer mouse has a laser on the bottom, it may be obstructed by lint or other debris. You can clear the lint with a toothpick or your fingernail. Next, you can moisten a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol or warm water. However, it’s important to avoid oversaturating the cloth as it will leak moisture into your mouse.

A computer mouse may also be affected by interference from other wireless devices. If the problem persists, you may need to remove or replace the device that produces interference. Also, if you suspect a malfunctioning computer mouse battery, try re-inserting the battery.