Delayed Mouse Response on a PC

By Steven Diggs, Jr.

A correctly functioning mouse is critical to the proper operation of a desktop computer. If you do not have a working mouse, then you cannot run a modern computer without being a computer wizard. A mouse can go haywire for a variety of reasons. Some problems occur when a mouse's speed or connection are not correct, while others are caused by a slow-running computer.

Slow Mouse Settings

The mouse's operating speed can be slowed down in the mouse settings options. To speed it back up, click the "Start" button and click "Control Panel." Click "Hardware," then "Mouse." Select the "Pointer Options" tab. Move the slider bar in the "Select a pointer speed" section toward the "Faster" side. Adjust this setting until the pointer responds at a speed that you are comfortable with.

Disk Cleanup

The mouse may be slow because the PC's hard drive is full. Remove useless files with Disk Cleanup. Click "Start" and type the words "Disk Cleanup" into the search bar. Click "Disk Cleanup" when it appears in the search results. Select the "C:" hard drive and click "OK." Select as much useless information as possible for deletion. Click "OK" at the bottom of the screen. Click "Delete files" to remove them.

Disk Defragmenter

Defragment the hard drive. This will neatly organize files, making the computer, and the mouse, run more smoothly. Click "Start." Type in "Disk Defragmenter" in the search field and select "Disk Defragmenter" in the search results. Click "Defragment disk" at the bottom of the screen to organize the computer's files.

Inspect the Mouse Cable

Check the mouse's cable for a loose connection. If the mouse's connection cable is loose, then the mouse will be very jumpy. Unplug the cable and plug it back in. Make sure that the connection is not loose.