Background: WinXP SP2, totally current patches, current mouse drivers. Self-constructed generi-box with no previous problems.
My old Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical USB mouse started messing up when I moved it around the screen quickly (it would click and drag stuff without me doing anything but move the mouse in circles). It was USB, but I had it plugged through a converter to the PS2 port. When I removed the converter and plugged it directly into the USB port, it would "stall" (it would give the 2-tone "USB device disconnected" then after 1-5s of dead mouse, give the 2-tone "USB device connected" sound and start working again...frequently).
So, I thought: bad driver and I updated the driver. Now, if I start the PC with the old mouse plugged in, I get a flash of BSOD (too quick to read), then the system reverts to the "Boot to Safe Mode" screen. I tried Safe Mode, Boot to Last Working Config, and Start Windows Normally and they all did the same thing (BSOD and safe mode screen). If I unplug the mouse, it will BSOD as above once if I choose "Start Windows Normally", then work fine if I choose it again. The system works fine if I plug in the mouse after I reach the desktop.
So, I figured that the mouse was fried and causing the problem and I bought the Logitech G7 wireless. It does the same thing! Something must be hosed in the Windows "hey do I have a mouse installed?" routine, is my guess. Any ideas on fixes would be appreciated. I would prefer to fix it without having to dig up my XP disk for a repair (which I've heard is not always a good idea).
Thanks in advance,