New optical serial mouse??

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New optical serial mouse??

Postby drignor » Mon May 10, 2021 12:02 pm

Has anybody seen these yet?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Advanced-O ... 890.l49286

I was considering buying one, but not sure if it would actually work on the jr. Anybody have any experience with these?
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Re: New optical serial mouse??

Postby Brutman » Thu May 13, 2021 3:21 pm

That mouse looks similar to the Q500 optical mouse that other sellers have.

If it uses the Microsoft protocol at 1200 or 2400 bps it will be fine. The limit for the machine is 4800 bps - the machine is not reliable at 9600 bps. I can't tell what protocol it uses, so its a roll of the dice if you decide to try it.
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Re: New optical serial mouse??

Postby drignor » Sat May 15, 2021 5:20 pm

Cool, thanks for the info. I went and pulled the trigger on it. We'll see what happens and I'll report my findings. Worst case scenario, I'm out like 16 bucks.
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Re: New optical serial mouse??

Postby drignor » Fri May 21, 2021 9:18 pm

So, funny story, they actually did send me a Q500 mouse. So I plugged it in, added the 7.04 mouse driver, added a line in the autoexec to launch it, and it works!....kinda.

I first tried using it in the SCI remake of KQ1. Launched the setup program, and selected "use mouse" when prompted. Saved the configuration, and launched the game. As soon as I move the mouse, the entire game locks up...hmmm...I'll have to come back to that one.

Next test was trying it with Deja Vu, and lo and behold, it worked like a dream! It would always lock up before, probably because it requires a mouse, and because I didn't have one before, it wouldn't work. So, 1 for 1 at this point. I'll try other games and apps at another time, but for now, it looks like it just may work out.
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Re: New optical serial mouse??

Postby drignor » Thu May 27, 2021 8:07 pm

So yeah, it looks like Sierra games have an issue with the mouse, but everything else I've tried works; Maniac Mansion, The Bard's Tale, Deja Vu, Shadowgate, and Uninvited all work. It could be a driver issue, but I'm not sure. As of right now, I'm using the Microsoft Mouse 7.04 driver. Maybe an earlier version of the driver would work?
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Re: New optical serial mouse??

Postby Brutman » Fri May 28, 2021 9:13 am

The Cutemouse driver might also work. I have a 386 that hates the MS Mouse driver, but Cutemouse is fine on it.

(I hate weird crap like that ...)
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Re: New optical serial mouse??

Postby drignor » Mon May 31, 2021 8:20 pm

And we have a winner! Loaded up the CuteMouse driver instead of the MS 7.04 driver and everything works perfectly now. As always Mike, you're a lifesaver!
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