Category Archives: debugging

When in doubt, reboot the mouse?!

Yesterday, I received an interesting Mac OS X tech support call from a friend. They couldn’t click on anything. I figured some sort of dialog on the screen must be hogging focus. To keep this brief, it ended up being the wireless, bluetooth mouse that Apple sells. A quick reboot of the mouse by removal and replacement of the batteries and my friend was back in business. The odd part was that the mouse pointer still moved on the screen; the buttons just failed to work.

Two things to take from this:

  1. Everything with batteries these days has a processor and can be rebooted.
  2. Always have a cheap $10 usb mouse on-hand for emergencies.