A Dell computer mouse is no different than any other hardware component used with a computer -- there must be software that contains instructions on how the operating system interfaces with it. The computer mouse is one of the most common input hardware devices, and to be installed, it needs the appropriate device driver. While most manufacturers ship their hardware drivers via CD, there are a number of other options that do not require a compact disc.
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Things you need
- USB flash drive
Plug in the Dell mouse. The average computer mouse uses a USB connection as opposed to PS/2. With a USB mouse, you can plug it in and the computer should detect it automatically. With a PS/2 mouse, you might need to reboot the computer in order to have the operating system detect it.
Auto-install the mouse driver. The operating system should automatically try to install the mouse. Assuming the Dell-specific driver is not found on the computer, Windows should be able to use a generic USB mouse driver. Technically, a Dell USB mouse can be installed on either a Mac and Unix/Linux computer as well as Windows. A Mac will auto-detect the mouse and attempt to install a generic driver, considering Dell does not have a Mac-specific mouse driver. Depending on the version of Unix/Linux being run, the operating system will also look to install a generic plug and play USB driver for the Dell mouse.
Download the Dell mouse driver from the Dell Support website (see Resources) if auto-installation does not work. You can use a flash drive to store the driver and transfer it to the computer in question, if necessary.
Install the downloaded mouse driver by double-clicking on the executable file and following the wizard to install the drivers. If this doesn't trigger an automatic installation of the Dell mouse itself, go to the Control Panel and select the option to add new hardware. During this process, you will be asked if you want to specify the drivers/software you would like to use to install your mouse. Point the installation to where you installed the driver on your computer. Complete the installation and reboot.
Tips and warnings
- If you are setting up a Dell wireless mouse, be sure there are fresh batteries in the mouse. Also, make sure that the receiver base is not covered up or obstructed in any way as this will reduce the signal strength of the mouse, causing performance issues.
- Verify that the mouse purchased is compatible with your computer. If the computer is older, it may need a PS/2 mouse instead of a USB mouse.
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