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Need help, Windows 98 cannot detect Serial Mouse

By niggiebro ·
I have seen this before under Win98. Serial Mice stop working. The system I am working on I've worked on before with the same problem. To resolve the issue before, I had installed a Serial Adapter Card which allowed Windows to recognize the Serial Mouse. Now I'm back to the same problem. I had research the issue using MS Knowledge Base, and performed what I could find, but I still get the error: "Windows did not detect a mouse attached to the Computer. You can safely attach a Serial Mouse now."
FYI, I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling all ports, Mouse drivers, and even editing the Registry. I've tried using different mice. I hoping that someone has encountered this same problem and has found the answer.
Also note that CMOS settings are good.

Thank you!

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Technical Q & A

by jardinier In reply to Need help, Windows 98 can ...

This is definitely a question that would better be posted in Technical Q & A.

Not only will you be overwhelmed with helpful advice, but you will be awarded 1,000 Tech points for merely posting the question, and closing it once you receive a satisfactory answer.

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Buy a new one.

by jdmercha In reply to Need help, Windows 98 can ...

A brand new PS2 mouse would cost a lot less then the time spent trying to get a serial mouse to work.

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Device Manager

by Blackcurrant In reply to Need help, Windows 98 can ...


Have you looked in Device Manager and checked the serial port (COM) and mice settings. Also check to see if there are any IRQ conflicts. Sometimes you can reassign IRQ's.

Good luck

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by alex_dunareanu In reply to Need help, Windows 98 can ...


try to download a specific driver for your mouse. And do not use the default windows driver. Check the IRQ conflicts.

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How to do that

by gandhiarpantushar In reply to

I dont know how to check irq conflicts and download a mouse driver

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What about drivers?

by dbucyk In reply to Need help, Windows 98 can ...

Did you happen to check to see if you have the updated drivers for the serial adapter card.

Also, did you check bootlog.txt as well. What about system information or Dr. Watson.

Hope this is of some help.

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