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As the Title indicates I have some problem with delicate movement of the mouse in Ubuntu fresh installation.

The jerkiness is shown more at small and slow movements when the mouse will move a 2 millimeters to any random positions every 5 centimeters of movements. My mouse is a Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming mouse.

Is there any driver I can use to fix it or any configuration? This is happening both in Unity or inside games and programs.

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i have the same problem, what exactly did you change? – user112952 Dec 6 '12 at 1:39
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You may try this to check mouse parameters :

Open a terminal and Run this command:

xinput --list --short

output :

abcd@abcd-abcde:~$ xinput --list --short

Virtual core pointer

↳ SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad                id=11   [slave  pointer  (2)]

↳ Logitech USB RECEIVER                     id=12   [slave  pointer  (2)]

for me my pointing devices are a Lgitech usb reciver and synaptic touchpad

To list out device Properties :

xinput --list-props "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad"

check properties like acceleration deceleration and see if they seam allright:

if you need to change any value like suppose this one :

Device Accel Constant Deceleration (267):   2.500000

using this command :

xinput --set-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Device Accel Constant Deceleration" 1.5

You may have to play around with this number a bit to set it exactly as you need.

If you need to set this value automatically every time Ubuntu starts then :

create a .sh file


 "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Device Accel Constant Deceleration" 1.5

change the file to executable :

 chmod +x

and Put this in the start-up applications list.

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that helped thank you :) – Ba7a7chy Nov 6 '12 at 11:01

Looking at the mouse settings via the GUI, I found they were set to lowest possible acceleration, and lowest possible sensitivity. So I changed them using the GUI app and so far it's working just fine (after 5 mins)

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Check out Pointing Devices in the software center and use settings there (it has a GUI). My mouse has since calmed down.

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My Dell Inspiron One has a touch screen, I disabled it and now my mouse is behaving normally. If your computer has a touch screen try disabling it or adjusting the sensitivity.

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Sorry, this is not a sufficient answer. It could only works if people have a touch screen, but in the question is not mentioned. Next time, please read with care the question. – Danibix Apr 20 at 20:50

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