A reader wrote in with a solution for a jumping mouse pointer. “Not a question. In W.S. archives, you were answering a question about a mouse arrow that jumps all around. Another Point I can make.
If it is a laser mouse with the red light on the bottom….then surface texture matters. I found if the surface was a mirror, or glass or white enamel paint(like on the metal TV trays and even white fiberglass TV trays, the mouse does not move or moves erratically. Solution: put down a couple sheets of newsprint(I use the free flyers that come almost daily. The laser can SEE the texture of the paper weave and know it is moving. That or a tablecloth. Paper is cheaper.”
Some good points. Dark, smooth, flat surfaces work best for laser mouse. (An optical mouse, as opposed to one with a moving trackball inside, that uses laser light to detect movement.)
A mouse pad is also a good solution if you have the space for it. I have a darker model with a nice gel wrist rest. If you experience issues like this with a wireless mouse, it’s also a good idea to check the battery.