Missing Mouse
July 30, 2008 10:27 AM   Subscribe

Help me find my lost mouse!

Help me save my antedeluvian computer yet again! My mouse has disappeared completely. It's an IBM Thinkpad running Windows ME unfortunately. I've tried an external mouse with no luck. Any other ideas?
Problem part 2: If it can't be fixed, I have another IBM Thinkpad that works except that the backlight behind the screen is fried. How hard would it be to transfer the backlight from the 1st computer to the 2nd, thus making one usable, if not exactly good, computer?

Thanks to all cybersaviours...
posted by crazylegs to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
 
Models would really help here ... I have no suggestions for you, but this is how to replace a back light in the t23
posted by shownomercy at 10:37 AM on July 30, 2008


Does the mouse entry in your Device manager look okay? It might be your mouse drivers. Someone had a similar issue here, but I'm not sure if it was resolved.
posted by burnmp3s at 10:53 AM on July 30, 2008


Follow up question - I managed to trade screens, and now I have one pretty functional computer and one piece of junk. Is it possible to get the information out of the hard drive? How? This is a computer that now has no screen, no mouse, and about 15 other problems. So I assume the info would have to be removed from the hard drive directly through some process with which I'm unfamiliar.

Comments? Enlightenments?
posted by crazylegs at 12:58 PM on July 30, 2008


So I assume the info would have to be removed from the hard drive directly through some process with which I'm unfamiliar.

You can remove the hard disk drive, put it into an hard disk enclosure with a USB port and plug it into another computer as an ordinary external drive.
posted by three blind mice at 1:36 PM on July 30, 2008


If you disable the nipple, or the touchpad-- does an external mouse work then? It might be the nipple is entirely crazed and is pushing the cursor to the top right/etc with all it's might, making it seem like your movements aren't even being registered.

Don't have my thinkpad to hand, but it's a combination fn + f? key to disable the user inputs.
posted by Static Vagabond at 1:58 PM on July 30, 2008


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