Microsoft Intellimouse on OS X

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  1. gowanis macrumors 6502

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    I am using a Microsoft Intellimouse with my newly acquired rMBP. I installed the appropriate driver from Microsoft (for OS X) and it works. Even the programmable buttons work, but these buttons do not work when I first boot. I find that I must go into the systems preferences dialog for the mouse and then they start working (even without changing any settings).

    Is there something I must do so that the driver "loads" on startup? I don't want to go into the dialog every time I boot.
     
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  4. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Your RMBP you are likely running 10.8.0 to 10.8.2. The MS drive is a bit old if it only supports through 10.7.
     
  5. gowanis thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Agree, but the thing is, the driver does work (mouse works, programmable buttons work), but they don't work when I first boot. They only start working after I open the mouse preferences. I wasn't sure if something needs to "run" on startup to activate the button features. The mouse itself moves on startup, its just the buttons that become active only after opening the preferences.
     
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    It most likely has irregular performance because it's an unsupported OS.
     
  7. MagnusVonMagnum macrumors 601

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    It's not a "foreign OS" for the mouse since Microsoft makes an Intellimouse driver for OSX and the current version is 8.2 and it works with all versions of OSX right up to the current Mavericks here. That driver supports all the extra buttons, etc. along with application programming for the functions and even a mouse wheel accelerator option which is pretty spiffy for fine control at slow speeds and ramps up the acceleration if you spin it faster down a web page or whatever. The docs claim the newer wireless verisons, etc. all work as well. Personally, I like the "Intellimouse Optical" wired model. It just feels right. I ordered several when I found out they updated the mouse to a newer crappier design. I have one on my 2008 Macbook Pro and on my 2012 Mac Mini. It works fine on both here in Mavericks.

    My extra button functions work immediately on boot. If the Microsoft driver was installed correctly, it SHOULD be showing "MicrosoftMouseHelper" in your user login settings in preferences (Users -> You -> Login Items). If it's not there, that's probably why the extra features are not starting at boot time.

    The only problem I've had is that on the Mac Mini, the mouse sometimes/often freezes when waking from sleep until I unplug/plug it. The same mouse does not have this problem on the Macbook Pro with the same version of OSX, so I'm not sure what the cause is. Worst of all, it doesn't do it every time, so it's something strange. I have a LOT of USB devices plugged into the Mini (two 7-port hubs with a total of 12 devices plugged in), but it does it even with all those removed so it's probably something else in the wake cycle.
     
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  9. MagnusVonMagnum, Jan 19, 2014
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    MagnusVonMagnum macrumors 601

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    It would seem the mouse freezing was due to that specific Intellimouse and I don't mean the model, but that one mouse. I have two more on other computers here and I tried both of them on the Mac Mini and it never freezes. So it wasn't the 2008 Macbook Pro that was special, but something off with the mouse on the Mini. Otherwise, it behaves perfectly fine so I can't imagine what it is about that mouse that is causing a freeze on waking from sleep. It never happens when plugging the mouse in or when booting up, just on a wake from sleep, but two identical model mice here don't have that issue. I also verified it wasn't the Microsoft Software (I tried uninstalling it and testing without it and it still had the problem; I even tried unplugging all USB peripherals except the keyboard and mouse and it still did it). It also wouldn't freeze every time with that one mouse, but perhaps 2 out of 3 times. I've moved that mouse over to my old Windows PC gaming machine that is never put to sleep and frankly is off most of the time these days. OSX wakes fine now.

    Edit: Of course there would be a dark side and that dark side is that while XBMC can wake the Mac from sleep; it cannot stop it from going to sleep, it seems. Now that I can finally use sleep with the mouse issue resolved, the computer will go to sleep while AppleTV units are accessing it causing a freeze on the AppleTV unit. I guess "wake on network access" isn't the same as don't go to sleep while there's network access.... I know of no simple solution to this except to disable sleep once again.
     

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