Category: Mice & Keyboards

Dude, Where’s My Bud?

I’ve fielded many calls, where someone is frustrated with their new wireless mouse and/or keyboard. It’s not always a simple affair to get such a device working.

For these calls, I have to go over the basics: Are the batteries installed and are they installed in the correct direction? Is there an insulator (paper tab) to remove, so that the battery can activate and power the device? Have you found the device’s On/Off switch and checked that?

After ruling those out, the sticking point is often finding the USB bud. Well, I call it a bud, and others call it a dongle but officially it’s the USB receiver or RF receiver. It looks like this, and you can’t operate the wireless mouse or keyboard without it:

If you’re having trouble finding this bud, here are some pointers:

  • Double-check your packing materials and cardboard inserts. The USB receiver is sometimes attached to its own piece of cardboard, alongside the keyboard. It may even be embedded in the opening tabs of the box itself!
  • Flip over the mouse and look at the underside. Is the bud there, waiting to be pulled out of its slot?
  • Open the battery compartment of the mouse and/or keyboard. Sometimes, the bud is shipped inside the device, in a hidden slot.

Once you find this bud and connect it to any USB port on your computer, I hope you’ll find your mouse or keyboard has come to life!

Logitech Unifying Software

USB port economy is important! If you’ve bought your Logitech Mouse and Keyboard separately from each other, you may have connected each receiver (USB bud) to your computer to get them to work. But that occupies 2 of your USB ports, which can be a heavy commitment on some laptops…

The Logitech Unifying Software is a free download that can reprogram the USB receivers for your wireless mice and keyboards. If you use this small program, you can get your mouse and keyboard to talk to just one of your USB buds. Then, you can remove and store your other USB receiver, and free up a port on your system!

Note: this only works with Logitech devices sporting the orange Unifying logo. Older Logitech devices and their “nano” mice won’t work with this tool.

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