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Old 11-27-2006, 06:49 PM   #1
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Lower mouse sensitivity

I just bought a new small optical mouse to go with my laptop (it has a built in mouse, but I play a few video games and it's impossible to play video games with those pads where you have to drag your finger, so I wanted a little external one). The problem is, it seems that it's sensitivity is too high, or accuracy is too low, because when I'm using it, it seems to kinda jump around, not by much, only a pixle or two in any 4 ways, it'll kinda just skip, and even if I leave it stationary (without my hand even on it), it will seem to jump around a little bit. I have another optical wireless mouse for my desktop and I have caught that one doing the same thing just a very few times in it's entire lifetime, and I've had the mouse for like 3 years. This new mouse though, arguably a lesser quality brand (JetTech), verses my older op mouse for my desktop which was a Logitech, seems to do this almost every time I use it, and it gets quite annoying. Has anybody expierienced this before? Is it actually a hardware problem (or just low accuracy sensors in cheap brands), or is it something I could maybe tweak in xorg.conf? It is a JetTech usb wired optical mouse. Has anybody used this model? The casing and stuff seems rather "flimsey", almost like it might fall apart if I dropped it once. It's pretty, but it may just be that I got what I paid for, I think I paid like 3 dollars or something. If there is anything I could do about this, could somebody please let me know?

Old 11-27-2006, 07:28 PM   #2
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One solution is to wash your hands and wipe off the touchpad. Sometimes, fingerprint oil and/or dirt gets on the touchpad and messes it up.
Old 11-27-2006, 08:39 PM   #3
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But the touchpad isn't the thing making it jump around, it's the new mouse.
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I suggest stay away from wireless inputs because they are not as reliable as wired inputs. You could add a few options to change the resolution and speed of the mouse in xorg.conf but it may not fix the problem. The mouse sliders could be very, very slippery and sliding away from the surface that is not level. You can try to use duct tape and cover the Teflon pads though it is going to be harder to move the mouse. However, not all mice are created equal, so you may have to go through a dozen to find out which one that works the best.


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