Mouse sensitivity like windows?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by lapino, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. lapino macrumors regular

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    I'm still trying to use my MBP completely as a replacement for my desktop. One thing that I cannot get right to my liking, is the (external) mouse speed, especially for Photoshop use. In Vista on my desktop, my mouse responds very quickly and accurately, but it feels sluggish on my mbp. I tried changing the mouse settings in preferences, but I just cannot get it right. Anyone else had the same problem? Fixed?
     
  2. adamlbiscuit macrumors regular

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    For me, the mighty mouse is slower. I have 2 mice, ones a Belkin mouse and the others the mighty mouse. The lowest possible tracking speed on the belkin mouse is the fastest possible tracking speed on the mighty mouse. Therefore you may want to try out the mouse you used on your PC.
     
  3. fishyuk macrumors newbie

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    Hmmm, just got my second Mac after a year or so hiatus. Primary use will be Windows but it is good to be able to mess with OSX again.

    Same problem, even at full speed the mighty mouse is too slow. Wireless in my case but I also find the wired ones to be toooooo slow. Is there any hack to increase the tracking speed? I'm sure the hardware is up to it (which I'll confirm once I've installed Win 7) but the OSX settings seem a tad conservative. The default out of the box setting was so slow I thought it wasn't even working properly.

    I'd like to avoid having to install 3rd party mouse software so hope there is a sensitivity setting that can be modified. Otherwise, hoping that Snow Leopard allows more leeway.

    Cheers

    Alex
     
  4. TXBDan macrumors regular

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    Mighty Mouse is crap.

    I actually use a Microsoft Bluetooth mouse and it works great and the same in both macosx and windows.
     
  5. fishyuk macrumors newbie

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    Not overly fond of the design myself but had to order it with the keyboard so would like to get it to work :). Hoping there will be some sort of tweak to be done.

    This is only a secondary machine, primarily as a Windows 7 box to take a lot of personal stuff off my work laptop but I still enjoy messing with OSX so anything to improve the experience is appreciated.
     
  6. sammich macrumors 601

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    Are you talking about the actual speed of the pointer? or how the pointer accelerates? You can crank up the actual speed pretty high (although the MM is just plain crap) but the acceleration profile is different on Windows. I'm not sure if there is a 3rd party utility that can modify this for you, but someone here might point you in a general direction.

    I think on Windows there is less 'acceleration', it's far more direct, but on Mac OS X, it kinda ramps up it. I like it this way, because it means I can make small pointer movements more accurately.
     
  7. Consultant macrumors G5

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    It's difference in mouse acceleration. Plenty of threads on this.

    Think about this. Why would more people use Macs (OSX) for design / art?

    You are used to something different, but "fast" doesn't mean accurate. Artists actually deamnd accuracy which is what the OSX mouse curve provides.
     
  8. nout72 macrumors regular

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    Yes.
    Two drivers can solve this issue:
    USB Overdrive and SteerMouse

    I hated the default mouse behavior as well.
     
  9. Queen6 macrumors 601

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    I use a trackball with OSX; MouseZoom (preference pane) to speed up the tracking as fast as you want, without impacting the accuracy and I use Kill Mouse Accel (script) to knock off the OS X acceleration when needed.

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  10. gigadigit macrumors member

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    I have tried everything suggested in this forum. I also tried like 7 different mouses. I still have a few of them. None of them are to my liking. When I want to do slow and accurate movements, the mouse feels LIGHT BUT TOO STICKY. IT'S VERY ANNOYING. I guess I can't do anything about it, and just have to live with it.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=697870

    It doesn't matter if it's bluetooth mouse or wired usb mouse. it's the same thing.

    I guess the people who are saying nothing wrong with the Mac mouse movements have never tried Windows.


     
  11. Infrared macrumors 68000

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    Prove that's true, please.
     
  12. Infrared macrumors 68000

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    Yes, the pointer acceleration under OS X is plain weird.

    You can try flicking the mouse quickly. That might help as
    the system responds to speed of movement.

    Alas, to get the cursor across the screen at default settings,
    one must walk the mouse to a nearby town. I've often been
    out shopping for a loaf of bread and met a man with a mouse.

    "... just one more mile to go and I'll click the Apple menu..."
     
  13. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    I find nothing wrong with how my mouse moves under OS X, and I use Windows daily.
     
  14. nout72 macrumors regular

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    Did you try USB Overdrive or MouseSteer?
    I honestly cannot imagine how these two drivers wouldn't solve your issue with OSX's accelaration curve.

    I have set MouseSteer to get the exact mouse movement as I get at my work, using Windows.
     
  15. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for the sarcasm, O Perfect and Ever Wise Sage. I guess I have to bow down to your superior forum-fu and realize that saying that OS X works as well as Windows is one of the Seven Deadly Sins.
     
  16. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    Ah, the voice of the ideologically pure who demand that all fall into line or be named 'fanboi' regardless of what they really think. I'm impressed! Do you feel better because you're superior to us poor chumps who simply can't compare to your brilliant prose and biting wit?

    I realize it's a crime to let someone know that you don't share their experience, but frankly, I don't much care. However, since you're apparently very worried that I didn't solve the OP's problem for him, I took five seconds to Google 'speeding up mouse speed in OS X' as well as 'making OS X mice work like Windows mice' and found a large number of hits. Here's one: Speed up Mouse Tracking on Mac OS X.

    gigadigit, you sure you've installed and tried MouseZoom X? You might try this program also if you haven't found anything else.
     
  17. TinHead88 macrumors regular

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  18. sprockett macrumors member

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    bringing up this old thread again, but i faced the exact same problem with my Macbook air, especially when using design programs.

    I dont think its a matter of which is better or worse, but rather, which you are used to.

    This was a big bugbear for me, an ex windows user. Everything was perfect about my new MBA, except for mouse sensitivity.

    Steermouse solved it instantly. my MBA now is now perfect.

    Steermouse for the win!
     

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