Mouse Curve Acceleration

Discussion in 'macOS' started by nope7308, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. nope7308 macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    I'm having some trouble with my Logitech V450 Nano mouse. It feels awkward compared to a regular PC mouse.

    To be more specific, I have trouble accurately moving the cursor. When I move the cursor a short distance, it feels like I'm moving through mud. By contrast, when I move the mouse over a longer distance, it feels much faster. This makes it really difficult for me to close windows and play any sort of FPS game.

    Now, the Logitech software allows me to change the mouse acceleration, but it still feels really awkward. I've experimented with almost every setting but the speed still doesn't feel accurate/consistent. Does this make sense or am I taking crazy pills?

    So, I'm not sure if this has anything to do with the curve acceleration, but it's driving me crazy and I need a solution! Any help is greatly appreciated! (FYI, I have absolutely no issues with the trackpad.)

  2. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    I'm not sure if you're a new Mac user, but quite often people who are either new to Mac's or only use the trackpad on a notebook have difficulties in using a mouse. The mouse movement is very different to Windows (and in my opinion, inferior).

    Try USB has settings which allow you to adjust advanced variables on the mouse. There are settings on the website to adjust the mouse to make it as Windows-like as possible.

    I think the problem people have with the mouse is that at slow and small movements it moves with no acceleration, whereas acceleration kicks in to 100% very quickly upon a jerky movement, but the mouse stops dead immediately upon stopping movement. Very accurate, but not very usable.
  3. Trip.Tucker Guest

    Mar 13, 2008
  4. nope7308 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    I've heard about USB Overdrive and SteerMouse, but I've read that adjusting the acceleration and tracking still does not mimic a regular PC mouse.

    I knew there would be some difference between platforms, so I've been attempting to adapt to the Mac for a little over 3 months now. Unfortunately, I just can't get used to it. I don't want to turn this thread into a personal preference debate, I just want to know how I can mimic the behaviour of a PC mouse.

    Also, I'm not prepared to pay money to have this issue resolved (yes, it is an ISSUE for me). Are there any other viable alternatives?
  5. siorai macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
    Well.. You're right. It will probably never be exactly the same as in Windows. Like many things when switching to OSX, you either adapt, whine constantly, or go back to Windows. It's your choice.
  6. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I'm one of those people who doesn't understand how someone else can be bothered by the different acceleration curves on Mac OS X and Windows - I use both platforms regularly, and don't really notice a difference in mouse movement between the two. :confused:

    That said, there is a hidden setting you can use to tweak the mouse behavior in ways not possible with System Preferences, and doesn't require spending money either. All that's needed is a little Terminal know-how and usage of the defaults command.

  7. Trip.Tucker Guest

    Mar 13, 2008
    BS. Set your first value to 1.3 and second value to 300. Those are the default Windows curve settings.

    Guys, seriously, hardware is hardware.
  8. captivator macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2008
    Where do I set these multiple values?
  9. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

    Aug 18, 2005
    I 'm guessing you need one of those pieces of software.

    I found the initial switch to the mac mouse a bit strange at first, but now I prefer it. The trackpad - well, now with multitouch, I prefer it over a mouse!

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