Can I use both a wireless mouse and keyboard without plugging in another USB receiver?

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My question is prompted by wanting to buy the ideal wireless mouse and keyboard combo for my laptop. Finding exactly what I wanted proved impossible. Either the mouse had all that I required in terms of functionality, but the keyboard didn’t or vice versa. I could have bought separates, but that would have meant two USB ports occupied by receivers and being a laptop, USB ports are at a premium. Is it possible to buy wireless mice and keyboards that connect to the PC without the need for a USB receiver?  After all, my wireless printer doesn’t have one and that works over very long distances. So why can’t a mouse and keyboard?

Answering this question may get a bit complex. You have several different options to consider when it comes to buying a mouse and keyboard combination that you like.

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Why does my wireless mouse stop responding?

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At least three times a week, my mouse will stop responding. Anything that I was doing will lock up and all I can get to work is Ctrl > Alt > Delete and Task Manager.

Task Manager displays the program, but doesn’t indicate what’s stalling the mouse – at least, no indication that I can tell. I’m running Windows 7 Pro fully updated. It doesn’t matter which wireless mouse I use, the Logitech or the HP. It does not appear to be program or application centric and it happens in various programs. Any thoughts?

I have several ideas about why this might be happening. But before we start, I have a question for you: when you say that the mouse is freezing, are you certain that it isn’t your entire computer that’s freezing?

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