Not another stupid switcher's problem....

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by psychofreak, Jul 12, 2006.

  1. psychofreak Retired

    psychofreak

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    As a switcher, I have a nice, comfortable, microsoft mouse. Although I prefer the apple mouse, I do not want to fork out all that money just yet. My problem is compatability: for a machine that "just works", the macbook is pretty bad at using my microsoft mouse. Although it goes at regular speed while searching around, as soon as I want some accuracy, its speed drops dramatically, which feels really akward. I have upped the speed to maximum in system preferences but nothing seemed to work. Is there anything I can do?
     
  2. Queso macrumors G4

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    You can install Intellimouse for Mac OSX available as a free download from Microsoft. It's available as a Universal Binary, so will work on whatever type of Mac you have.

    Alternative link :)
     
  3. psychofreak thread starter Retired

    psychofreak

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  4. mduser63 macrumors 68040

    mduser63

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    I think you're getting annoyed by the mouse acceleration in OS X. In OS X, if you move the mouse slower, the cursor doesn't move as far for a given distance that the mouse moves. In Windows the relationship between mouse travel and cursor travel is always constant regardless of speed. It's just one of those differences between Macs and Windows. I greatly prefer the Mac setting, and get really annoyed by the mouse when I try to use a Windows machine, but some people prefer the way Windows does it.

    I think it's something you're just going to have to get used to unless you can find a third-party utility that changes OS X's behavior in this area.
     
  5. d wade macrumors 65816

    d wade

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    my mouse is still up at college, so i havent even been using a mouse. i am not looking forward to getting used to yet another thing. lol, but im sure in the long run i will love it b/c everthing about macs are just so much better
     

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