My mouse keeps freezing in place at random times when I'm playing a game. It's happened in TF2 4 times already, and it's happened once when I was playing Civ 5. The mouse cursor moves to the middle of the screen, even when I ALT+TAB out, however the light on the bottom of the mouse is still on, and it goes back to normal. It has yet to happen outside of a game.

If anyone has experienced this or has a solution, that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  • So, alt+tab on the desktop the mouse still doesn't work at the desktop screen?
    – Brok3n
    Oct 10, 2014 at 5:54
  • Yes, however In did not close the game.
    – Crubleigh
    Oct 10, 2014 at 7:12
  • Is this a Razer mouse by chance?
    – k1DBLITZ
    Oct 10, 2014 at 13:44
  • Microsoft USB. My keyboard is though. Could I be accidentally pressing something? I was just playing and it happened again.
    – Crubleigh
    Oct 11, 2014 at 0:47
  • Does this happen on any other Steam games? Could be the overlay. Oct 13, 2014 at 13:23

3 Answers 3


Well, as it turns out, it was my USB port. The 2 USB ports on the back of my PC must be sketchy somehow. If someone knows if there's a fix for that, that would be great, but it's the port.


Somewhere a while ago I saw someone update their DirectX and it seemed to correct the issue.

Unrelated to TF2, I know that sometimes a hidden popup would cause my computer to freeze up. I eventually found out it was a memory problem, and when I corrected that issue, everything went back to normal.

  • I just played Civ 5 and I know that has something to do with DirectX, but the mouse froze up in Civ as well.
    – Crubleigh
    Oct 11, 2014 at 6:26

Here are some ideas you might try:

-Try unplugging and replugging your mouse, using canned air to blow out the port and the usb connector, or plugging the mouse into a different port

-Consider cleaning the laser or trackball of your mouse

-Disable your Windows key on your keyboard

-Try disabling Windows Aero or other 3d/graphical effects

-Check your mouse settings in Control Panel or if you are using a laptop check your power settings because your usb ports might be powering down while gaming.

-Disable Windows popups

-Disable sticky keys

-Update all your drivers specifically mouse and video

-Check your games for updates or verify integrity of game cache

-Check your in-game mouse settings for inconsistencies

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