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My mouse is so sensitive that it randomly wakes my computer up even when I don't touch the mouse. I don't want this to happen, so I want to disable the mouse's ability to wake the computer.

I know it's the mouse waking the computer because I ran powercfg -lastwake.

So I've tried this:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Type "cmd" into the Search box.
  3. Press Ctrl+Shift+Enter
  4. Click "Run as Administrator".
  5. Type the following command and press Enter: powercfg -devicedisablewake "HID-compliant mouse"

I get this error:

You do not have permission to enable or disable device wake.

So instead I go into Device Manager > Mice and other pointing devices > HID-compliant mouse and uncheck the box (within the mouse configuration) that says Allow this device to wake the computer.

When I run powercfg -devicequery wake_armed, nothing appears, which is good.

So for a while, the next few sleep sessions are fine, and the mouse doesn't wake the computer.

But then eventually something rechecks that checkbox (Allow this device to wake the computer) and so my ultra-sensitive mouse starts waking the computer from sleep all the time*. I can't seem to get the checkbox to stay empty. Any ideas?

P.S. I have a Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 and a computer running Windows 7.

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I have absolutely no idea what it causing your problem, but I feel the need to let you know that this was one of the most well-constructed questions I've seen on StackExchange lately. –  Hyppy Apr 2 '11 at 3:34
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Low tech solution: Put the mouse upside down on your table when its not in use. This prevents the optics from detecting any movement.

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This is a hilariously clever solution. I've done this before, although having the bright light from the mouse shining around can be annoying when you aren't using the computer. It's also a bit of an annoyance to have to remember to do this, but hey, it's definitely one solution! –  nhinkle Apr 2 '11 at 19:37
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This may work, reboot and go to your bios.
In the BIOS/cmos -Power Management Setup- section will be a list of actions that will start your machine network, mouse power on, keyboard power on, etc-move the mouse setting to disabled.

Hope this fixes it to your requirements.

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  1. Go into Device Manager (use Search to find it)
  2. Find your mouse under "Mice and other pointing devices"
  3. Right-click it and choose Properties
  4. Go to the Power Management tab
  5. Untick the "Allow this device to wake the computer" checkbox.
  6. Click OK.
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