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Dongle Question

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:22 am
by stash
Yesterday my wireless mouse stopped working. I have a spare wired mouse which I plugged into the USB port on the side of the computer and it works fine with the wireless keyboard and the dongle plugged into the USB port in the back of the computer. My question is, with the configuration I just described, if I remove the dongle will the wireless keyboard still work? If it does not work I will just get a wired keyboard and be done with the wireless stuff including the dongle. Thanks for the help.

Re: Dongle Question

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:29 am
by TexasJohnBoy
No, it sounds like you will need the dongle. Were the mouse and keyboard bought together as a kit? If so, the USB dongle communicates with both the wireless keyboard and mouse.

Re: Dongle Question

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:02 am
by stash
Thanks for the quick reply JohnBoy. I was not sure but I thought that might be the case. The mouse and keyboard came with the new computer (Lenovo)
that I got about six months ago. Since I got the new computer I have read that these wireless devices do have their problems. Lenovo sent me (received yesterday) a new wireless mouse and keyboard but I am going to go wired.

Re: Dongle Question

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:34 am
by TexasJohnBoy
Personally, unless there's a need, I always go wired. I've got a wireless keyboard and mouse at work that are great, because I have a sit/stand convertible desk.

https://www.microsoft.com/accessories/e ... /l5v-00001
Ive seen this for sale for about $80. I spend all day at the computer and the ergonomics of this set are great for me at work.

But like I said, at home where I only sit, it's a cheap $15 wired keyboard and mouse.

Re: Dongle Question

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:10 am
by rotor
I hate to ask a stupid question but did you check the mouse battery? Also, most wireless mice have an on/off switch. Were you able to previously see a light from the mouse that is no longer there? I personally hate a wired unit but that's me.

Re: Dongle Question

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 12:58 pm
by stash
rotor wrote:I hate to ask a stupid question but did you check the mouse battery? Also, most wireless mice have an on/off switch. Were you able to previously see a light from the mouse that is no longer there? I personally hate a wired unit but that's me.


Not stupid at all. This has happened to me 3 times in 6 months or so. I knew there was a problem when I did not have a cursor. On all three occasions I would change the battery before calling Lenovo. On the first two occasions Lenovo spent about 20 minutes on the phone having me do all kinds of stuff and somehow I got the cursor back. Last Sat. when I could not get the cursor they said it might be a soft ware problem but they would sent me a new cursor and key board. The first two times I had the problem they would ask if could see the light on the bottom of the cursor. I did not know there was suppose to be a light and told them so but they said nothing about the absence of same. And I always I checked to ensure on/off switch was in the right position. I guess this is why I am turned off to wireless, but it is nice to not have the cords all over the place collecting dust.

Re: Dongle Question

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:19 pm
by Pawpaw
I'm sold on the Logitech keyboard & mouse combos with what they call their "unifying" dongle.

The ones I have have been just about bulletproof. I need to replace my mouse, but that's because I've worn it out. Four years of heavy use is a pretty good run!

Re: Dongle Question

Posted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:56 am
by stash
Pawpaw wrote:I'm sold on the Logitech keyboard & mouse combos with what they call their "unifying" dongle.

The ones I have have been just about bulletproof. I need to replace my mouse, but that's because I've worn it out. Four years of heavy use is a pretty good run!



I just bought a Logitech keyboard and mouse but they are wired.

Re: Dongle Question

Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:52 am
by WildBill
Pawpaw wrote:I'm sold on the Logitech keyboard & mouse combos with what they call their "unifying" dongle.

The ones I have have been just about bulletproof. I need to replace my mouse, but that's because I've worn it out. Four years of heavy use is a pretty good run!

:iagree: I have used them for a long time. The batteries last long too.