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Adjusting mouse response and tracking speed
Having dealt with this ad nauseum, I'm hoping that someone will come up with a good way to do this, that works! I've seen many 'solutions', but none of them work.
I've seen using 'xinput --list' used, but it's apparently not loaded and not knowing what I'm actually using seems to be a problem. I would prefer answers that let me read the docs and solve the problem instead of a quick fix as I'm sure next time I upgrade or change something it will be a problem again.
Please send your suggestions for a fix and I will attempt to try them all. Please include some way to confirm that what I'm doing is working for the problem....
Thanks to all, this is the best forum that I've found for fixing things, but I've noticed that many questions in this forum are unanswered.
Don't know if it's required, but the mouse is an HP X4000 which is wireless, with a 30 month battery life.
This is the ultimate in frustration....
Thanks for all who even read this...
I would imaging no one has experience with that particualr mouse. Many mouse sensitiviy is configured by the mouse's own support software, but typically companies only make Windows versions of their software. HP's Linux support has a history of being spotty (they acquired Compaq who did support Linux some). So I would be contacting HP to see if they make a Linux support software.
Have you tried another make/model of mouse to see if it's the mouse itself or just mouse support in the distro you're using. Over the years I've had similar mouse/touchpad issues and sometime only solution was using a different make/model mouse.A lion does not lose sleep, over the opinion of sheep.
I understand there are many, but it would seem that a common interface would have been created or at least information on how to determine what desktop I do have. Having retired from the computer field, I find I cannot understand when I use a specific installation that all install are not the same, it totally eludes everything I've ever done in computers. Although I've used Linux (Debian, 3.2.0-4-amd64) for about a year and I've kept a notebook of different commands to find information, there doesn't seem to be a command for what desktop I'm using. Add to the that the option during login of 'default' and others are very confusing.
I don't think I can confidently answer what desktop I'm using, without some kind of guide to how to find that out. Maybe that's what many are missing is that type of information. A good approach would be to do what the debug people use and that's a template of what needs to be filled in (better still a script that the user could run and populate the initial information.)
I will look at HP's site and see if they offer anything for their mouse, but ever since I've had this OS my mice have always been way too sensitive. As far as I know I've tried all options, except this site and searching reports a couple, but none have any answers. Maybe nobody knows? I wouldn't even know what module does this interface or where to check...
I posted a note on the HP site, as they seem to have nothing on Linux, via their search.
I also tried the "echo $DESKTOP_SESSION" command and, as typical, returns "default", very useful. Other options seem to indicate there should be an 'about', that tells you about the system, I have not, as of yet, found that option.
Last edited by jkwilborn; 05-17-2014 at 09:35 PM.
Found a resolution to the mouse speed problem...
Install 'xinput', I was doing this as root, so apply 'sudo' if required...
# aptitude install xinput
# xinput --list --short Virtual core pointer id=2 [master pointer (3)] Virtual core XTEST pointer id=4 [slave pointer (2)] HP HP Link-5 micro dongle id=9 [slave pointer (2)] Virtual core keyboard id=3 [master keyboard (2)] Virtual core XTEST keyboard id=5 [slave keyboard (3)] Power Button id=6 [slave keyboard (3)] Power Button id=7 [slave keyboard (3)] HP HP Link-5 micro dongle id=8 [slave keyboard (3)] Apple Inc. Apple Keyboard id=10 [slave keyboard (3)] Apple Inc. Apple Keyboard id=11 [slave keyboard (3)]
# xinput --list-props 9 Device 'HP HP Link-5 micro dongle': Device Enabled (115): 1 Coordinate Transformation Matrix (117): 1.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 1.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 1.000000 Device Accel Profile (242): 0 Device Accel Constant Deceleration (243): 1.000000 Device Accel Adaptive Deceleration (244): 1.000000 Device Accel Velocity Scaling (245): 10.000000 Device Product ID (232): 1008, 41991 Device Node (233): "/dev/input/event1" Evdev Axis Inversion (246): 0, 0 Evdev Axes Swap (248): 0 Axis Labels (249): "Rel X" (125), "Rel Y" (126), "Rel Horiz Wheel" (239), "Rel Dial" (240), "Rel Vert Wheel" (241) Button Labels (250): "Button Left" (118), "Button Middle" (119), "Button Right" (120), "Button Wheel Up" (121), "Button Wheel Down" (122), "Button Horiz Wheel Left" (123), "Button Horiz Wheel Right" (124), "Button Side" (237), "Button Extra" (238), "Button Unknown" (235), "Button Unknown" (235), "Button Unknown" (235), "Button Unknown" (235) Evdev Middle Button Emulation (251): 0 Evdev Middle Button Timeout (252): 50 Evdev Third Button Emulation (253): 0 Evdev Third Button Emulation Timeout (254): 1000 Evdev Third Button Emulation Button (255): 3 Evdev Third Button Emulation Threshold (256): 20 Evdev Wheel Emulation (257): 0 Evdev Wheel Emulation Axes (258): 0, 0, 4, 5 Evdev Wheel Emulation Inertia (259): 10 Evdev Wheel Emulation Timeout (260): 200 Evdev Wheel Emulation Button (261): 4 Evdev Drag Lock Buttons (262): 0
of 100 so (1/100 * 1000 = 10). I could not locate the frequency of my mouse (HP X4000), so I guessed at 8KHz. Resulting in 0.125
I set that and then the "Device Accel Velocisty Scaling" to get the proper speed (with a little tweaking).
# xinput --set-prop 9 245 0.125 # xinput --set-prop 9 244 2.0