Mouse stopped working in Boot Camp recently?

I use Bootcamp on my MacBook Pro for gaming, so it irritated me to no end when for some reason my Apple Magic Mouse stopped working. The built-in keyboard and trackpad worked fine, but no dice on the wireless mouse. Not only that, but everything worked fine on the Mac side, so I knew it had to be Windows software-related.

I tried everything, from redownloading and reinstalling the bootcamp drivers, to launching the Apple Bluetooth Boot Camp installer directly, to even trying Broadcom generic bluetooth drivers (since I knew the bluetooth chipset in my Mac was made by Broadcom).

It appeared as if a Bluetooth device did not even exist, let alone be powered on or accessible via drivers. Every attempt to install a driver complained that no suitable hardware was found, or in the case of the Apple Bluetooth driver, that “No device for update present”.

It took some Google searching, and it turns out that the culprit is MotionJoy. You know, the Windows software that allows you use PS3 controllers on your Mac? Only gamers would do this, and so since there aren’t many of us hardcore bootcamp gamers around, solutions were tough to find.

To get my mouse working again, I did two things:

  1. Go to “Start” -> “Control Panel” -> “Uninstall a program”. Then uninstall MotionJoy.
  2. Go to “Start” -> “Control Panel” -> “Hardware and Sound” -> “Device Manager” and then hunt around for another MotionJoy entry. It is there, you just have to keep looking. Right-click on it and uninstall it, making sure to delete the driver for that device too.

Restart, give it a few minutes, and your mouse should now be working. This was done on Windows 7 in Bootcamp 5 running on an Early 2011 17″ MacBook Pro. As I said, I had no problems in the Mac side, running Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

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