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Mike Rofone
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      Nov 25th, 10, 3:48 AM
Got a Microsoft branded wireless keyboard and mouse for the computer. It works
fine, except the mouse "goes to sleep" after period of inactivity to conserve
the battery.

Now, the manual describes this "period of inactivity" as a few minutes. However,
upon setting it up and testing it, this period is more like seconds, rather than
minutes.

In order to reconnect it we have to press the "connect" buttons on the USB
connected receiver and on the mouse. For some reason the keyboard doesn't
disconnect.

I got it from Officeworks. Its list price was $54 but it was marked down to $32.
Cheap enough and as keyboards and mice go they're ergonomically and functionally
as good as anything out there (OW has one combo unit that sells for around $200
or so - dunno what it can do better except maybe not "go to sleep").

I can't find any settings that would wind the inactivity timer out to a more
realistic and workable value.

Just wondering if anyone else has this problem.

Just now the missus is in Word typing up a document. After a paragraph or two
she went to use the mouse to select an option. She had to reconnect it.

Looks like I'll connect up a wired mouse.

 
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      Nov 25th, 10, 5:19 AM
On 2010-11-25 13:18, Mike Rofone wrote:
> Got a Microsoft branded wireless keyboard and mouse for the computer. It works
> fine, except the mouse "goes to sleep" after period of inactivity to conserve
> the battery.
>
> Just wondering if anyone else has this problem.
>
> Just now the missus is in Word typing up a document. After a paragraph or two
> she went to use the mouse to select an option. She had to reconnect it.
>
> Looks like I'll connect up a wired mouse.
>


My wireless Logitech mouse doesn't do that at all. It does sometimes
seem a bit slow to respond initially after a period of inactivity, but
it doesn't need reconnecting.

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      Nov 25th, 10, 5:38 AM
annily wrote
> Mike Rofone wrote


>> Now, the manual describes this "period of inactivity" as a few minutes. However,upon setting it up and testing it,
>> this period is more like seconds, rather than minutes.


I'd get a full refund on the basis that it doesnt do what the manual says it should do.

>> In order to reconnect it we have to press the "connect" buttons on the USB connected receiver and on the mouse.


Thats completely fucked.

>> For some reason the keyboard doesn't disconnect.


Because it doesnt take anything like the same amount of power.

>> I got it from Officeworks. Its list price was $54 but it was marked down to $32.


They do full refunds if you change your mind on the product.

>> Cheap enough and as keyboards and mice go they're ergonomically and functionally as good as anything out there


Nope, they dont have the charger garage approach for the mouse.

And MS dont warrant the lettering wearing off on the keyboard either.

>> (OW has one combo unit that sells for around $200 or so - dunno what it can do better except maybe not "go to
>> sleep").


>> I can't find any settings that would wind the inactivity timer out to a more realistic and workable value.


>> Just wondering if anyone else has this problem.


>> Just now the missus is in Word typing up a document. After a paragraph or two she went to use the mouse to select an
>> option. She had to reconnect it.


Thats completely fucked.

>> Looks like I'll connect up a wired mouse.


Makes more sense to get a viable combo.

> My wireless Logitech mouse doesn't do that at all.


My Logitech mouse doesnt either.

> It does sometimes seem a bit slow to respond initially after a period of inactivity,


Mine isnt. The most I might have to do very occassionally is move it around a bit to get the sleep to wake up.

> but it doesn't need reconnecting.


Mine never needs that.


 
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      Nov 25th, 10, 5:54 AM
On 25/11/2010 1:48 PM, Mike Rofone wrote:
> Got a Microsoft branded wireless keyboard and mouse for the computer. It works
> fine, except the mouse "goes to sleep" after period of inactivity to conserve
> the battery.
>
> Now, the manual describes this "period of inactivity" as a few minutes. However,
> upon setting it up and testing it, this period is more like seconds, rather than
> minutes.
>
> In order to reconnect it we have to press the "connect" buttons on the USB
> connected receiver and on the mouse. For some reason the keyboard doesn't
> disconnect.
>
> I got it from Officeworks. Its list price was $54 but it was marked down to $32.
> Cheap enough and as keyboards and mice go they're ergonomically and functionally
> as good as anything out there (OW has one combo unit that sells for around $200
> or so - dunno what it can do better except maybe not "go to sleep").
>
> I can't find any settings that would wind the inactivity timer out to a more
> realistic and workable value.
>
> Just wondering if anyone else has this problem.
>
> Just now the missus is in Word typing up a document. After a paragraph or two
> she went to use the mouse to select an option. She had to reconnect it.
>
> Looks like I'll connect up a wired mouse.
>


I've given up on Microsoft keyboards and Mouse not very satisfactory
yes they drop out.

besides the keyboard letters wear off the keys and the scroll wheel
expands with oil off my finger there made in the cheapest factory in
China and only sell because Microsoft is on the box.


After all that you are using the correct drivers which came with the stuff?

You could have an issue with the USB ports in which Microsoft have a Fix
which you can download.
 
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      Nov 25th, 10, 6:45 AM
annily wrote:
> On 2010-11-25 13:18, Mike Rofone wrote:
>> Got a Microsoft branded wireless keyboard and mouse for the computer. It works
>> fine, except the mouse "goes to sleep" after period of inactivity to conserve
>> the battery.
>>
>> Just wondering if anyone else has this problem.
>>
>> Just now the missus is in Word typing up a document. After a paragraph or two
>> she went to use the mouse to select an option. She had to reconnect it.
>>
>> Looks like I'll connect up a wired mouse.

>
> My wireless Logitech mouse doesn't do that at all. It does sometimes seem a bit
> slow to respond initially after a period of inactivity, but it doesn't need
> reconnecting.


I have the Logitech wireless mouse too. Its very sluggish upon waking after its
gone to sleep. The worst bit is that the wheel doesn't wake it up by rotation.
You have to click and then rotate to get it to respond.

There's no reconnect problem but there is a problem with the software dying
occasionally. I got hit again last night. It just stops responding. All I could
do was plug in a USB mouse and reboot it to get the Logitech software to work again.

I'm not sure if its the software itself that's at fault or some poor interaction
with MS libraries but there have been no updates to Logitech's software since I
bought the damn thing.

Note that there's also problem with wireless on the 2.4GHz band and Bluetooth.

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      Nov 25th, 10, 6:49 AM
Rob wrote:
>
> I've given up on Microsoft keyboards and Mouse not very satisfactory yes they
> drop out.
>
> besides the keyboard letters wear off the keys and the scroll wheel expands with
> oil off my finger there made in the cheapest factory in China and only sell
> because Microsoft is on the box.


LOL! Nothing worse than the letters wearing off.

> After all that you are using the correct drivers which came with the stuff?
>
> You could have an issue with the USB ports in which Microsoft have a Fix which
> you can download.


Off-topic (slightly):

I like the look of the HP wireless keyboard but you can't get it without buying
one of their systems.

Anyone have one of the HP wireless keyboards? How do they perform?

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"This is the recession we had to have!"
- Paul Keating explaining why he gave Australia another Labour recession.

"Silly old bugger!"
- Well known ACTU pisspot and sometime Labour prime minister Bob Hawke
responding to a pensioner who dared ask for more.

"By 1990, no child will live in poverty"
- Bob Hawke again, desperate to win another election.

"A billion trees ..."
- Borke, pissed as a newt again.

"Well may we say 'God save the Queen' because nothing will save the governor
general!"
- Egotistical shithead and pompous fuckwit E.G. Whitlam whining about his
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"SHUT THE **** UP YOU DUMB ****!"
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      Nov 25th, 10, 12:00 PM
On 2010-11-25 15:08, Rod Speed wrote:
> annily wrote
>
>> It does sometimes seem a bit slow to respond initially after a period of inactivity,

>
> Mine isnt. The most I might have to do very occassionally is move it around a bit to get the sleep to wake up.
>


That's what I meant, if I understand you correctly. There is sometimes a
brief delay before the mouse pointer moves when you move the mouse after
a period of inactivity.

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      Nov 25th, 10, 7:34 PM
annily wrote:
> On 2010-11-25 15:08, Rod Speed wrote:
>> annily wrote
>>
>>> It does sometimes seem a bit slow to respond initially after a
>>> period of inactivity,

>>
>> Mine isnt. The most I might have to do very occassionally is move it
>> around a bit to get the sleep to wake up.

>
> That's what I meant, if I understand you correctly. There is
> sometimes a brief delay before the mouse pointer moves when you move
> the mouse after a period of inactivity.


OK, I focussed on the slow and not the slow to respond.


 
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      Nov 26th, 10, 1:23 AM
Rob wrote...

> I've given up on Microsoft keyboards and Mouse not very satisfactory
> yes they drop out.


Our other desktop PCs run MS keyboards and mice. One of them is a wireless
version which has worked well over the years. This is why I stuck with the MS
brand.

(my favorite keyboard, though, was the type that IBM had with its XT and AT and
PS/2 computers. Large keys with a positive tactile click to them).

> After all that you are using the correct drivers which came with the stuff?


It didn't come with any driver discs. Presumably Windows 7 (and other OSes)
automatically install them as needed. Certainly, the keyboard and mouse worked
out of the box once I operated the connect buttons on all three points.
 
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      Nov 28th, 10, 7:00 AM
On 28/11/2010 2:53 PM, Mike Rofone wrote:
> Rob wrote...
>
>> I've given up on Microsoft keyboards and Mouse not very satisfactory
>> yes they drop out.

>
> Today I grabbed the wireless mouse that we use on one of our laptops. It's an MS
> product too and is quite a few years old.
>
> It seems to be working fine in conjunction with the wireless keyboard USB
> adaptor. ie. no conflicts.
>
> Ergonomically it's not as flash. But it'll do the job.
>
> And it doesn't cut out at all. And battery life is quite long, perhaps a couple
> of months, not that this is an issue.
>


New versions ain't like that anymore.
 
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