This is a two-fold issue. I have a small optical mouse for my laptop, but the problem is on most surfaces, it won't work? targus optical mouse so is it the mouse, or what exactly? I am using it with a MS XP, with SP3, Intel 4 CPU, 2.4Hz, 447mb RAM, RADEON IGP 345M computer next topic, for both my lap top and my desktop, do I need a mouse that moves around? I thought they there were mouse's(mice?) that were something like Balls in a box, that I could push up to the left and the cursor would respond by moving that way, so I wouldn't need a surface? Let me further extrapolate I use a Kensington Optical mouse for my desktop, (XP sp3, intel pentium 4CPU, 3.2 GHz, 1.0GB RAM, NVIDA GeForce, FX 5500) and it works great no issues at all, but the mouse rests on my desk, not a mouse pad and is easy to use and always responds. I give the stats for my computers as I don't know if that info is important or not, so I never found a situation where too much information was problematic. I like thin crust, with extra sauce, light cheese, pepperoni and lots of pineapple. I am not talking about the Logitech MX Air Mouse, which is akin to a Wii controlloer, I want something I can easily use. I have a hard time with the laptop's finger pad, as I wasn't a kid when it came out and my neural pathways are set to use a mouse, but I just want something that isn't hard to use and responds easily to where I move it, and the Wii controllers are hard to use, I simply dont want to put in the time to get used to them. I'd appreciate some help to find a better mouse for my laptop, thanks everyone.