on October 31, 2001 by Thomas
Many Mouse problems that
exist are related to games. Here are a few tips to try
remedy any game issues. Of course, you should only need to
try these should you experience Game issues.
Install the latest drivers for the mouse (As
shown earlier) & the latest patch available for the
Disable Direct Input. This setting may,
or may not be available in all Games however.
Should find that your Mouse wheel isn’t
working try the following. Click on Start, Settings,
then Mouse. In the Buttons tab re-assign the Wheel
Button to a different button assignment. In the game
bind the control setting to the key the Wheel button is
Almost all mice available
now are useable in the PS/2 or USB port (Most are packaged
with a converter so they can use either). Both interfaces
have their own different advantages & disadvantages
USB has a higher default
sample rate – 125Hz.
PS/2 only has a default
sample rate of 40Hz (In Windows 9x/Me) & 60Hz
(In Windows NT/2000). Although as you’ll see later on, you
can increase this fairly easily.
USB however, is more CPU
reliant than PS/2 (During periods of high CPU usage the
mouse may behave/move erratically), something that won’t
appeal to most Gamers. You can improve USB performance
slightly by doing the following however (NOTE – The
following may not be available on all systems). Right click
on My Computer, select Properties (In Windows
2000/XP select Hardware next), then the Device
Manager tab. Scroll down to Universal Serial Bus
controllers & select your USB Universal Host
Controller, e.g. VIA Tech 3038 PCI to USB Universal Host
Controller in the screenshot beneath.
Open it, then select the
Advanced tab & Tick, Disable USB error
detection. Restart your PC for the change to take
effect. This can improve the responsiveness of USB mice
& other USB devices attached to your system.
The following section
describes settings/options available in the Intellipoint
4.01 software. Although the majority of these settings are
available in other mouse software packages too, such as
on Start, Settings, Mouse. NOTE – The
Hardware tab is not available in Windows 9x/Me.
the Buttons tab.
Use the drop-down menu here to select the Mouse that
you have installed in your machine.
Use this section to select the assignments for different
buttons/wheel on your mouse. Customize this as you see fit
or Restore Defaults instead.
program-specific button settings.
Ticking this setting will enable you to
customize what action/task each Mouse Button is assigned to
in different Applications. Should you enable this
then select the Settings button.
the Add button to navigate to the exe file of
the Application you to customize Buttons for, e.g. in my
case I’ve added the Word 2000 Application (winword.exe).
Should you wish to remove an Application profile simply
select it from the listing & hit the Remove
section on the right hand side will vary depending on the
Mouse you have installed, simple change the default
button settings here as you see fit, e.g. in my case I’ve
assigned the Thumb Buttons to Cut & Paste respectively.
Click Ok once you have made your changes.