I have done a clean Natty install having bought a new SSD and find that in applications (ahem) such as Minecraft, and in the default web browser Firefox, the mouse scrolls too far .

So for example in Minecraft the mouse wheel jumps multiple items rather than one with each mouse wheel roll. With Firefox the page leaps quite a distance with each mouse wheel roll.

Any ideas where I might adjust this?


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As a workaround, try unplugging your mouse and plugging it back in. I run into this issue when the mouse is plugged into my laptop when Ubuntu boots up. Using this workaround fixes the issue for me.

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    This fixed it for me and I was pretty suprised! This fix was kinda surreal and like most folks I didn't believe it until I did it: Turns out some MS mice have a scrollwheel bug. As Tarek found, > Try unplugging the USB cable / dongle then plug back in. That's it! Now my mouse moves normally (one line at a time, not half a screen!) This worked even though I use a 4-port screen/keyboard/mouse KVM box ! Yeah! Commented Feb 6, 2012 at 16:42
  • Thoughts on mice that don't plug in (ie, bluetooth)?
    – Ken Kinder
    Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 0:43
  • Disconnect/Reconnect? TBH I have no clue why that works, but I imagine issue seems has something to do with a hand-off of the mouse control between two subsystems; the second taking the (incorrect) parameters from the first. Commented Dec 4, 2012 at 12:28
  • i used resetmsmice as mentioned here askubuntu.com/questions/47100/mouse-wheel-scrolling-too-fast/… i used this version github.com/paulrichards321/resetmsmice Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 20:13
  • Tried too many things, good ol' restart always wins...
    – sertsedat
    Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 19:12

I found this project which aims to fix this problem, without having to unplug and replug the hardware: http://sourceforge.net/projects/resetmsmice

This package, resetmsmice, fixes scroll wheel issues with certain Wireless Microsoft mice in X.org (includes KDE & Gnome applications), where the vertical wheel scrolls abnormally fast. Only needed if you dual boot between Microsoft Windows and some linux distro. Known to fix the vertical scroll wheel issue with the following models (and others related):

  • Microsoft Wireless Mouse 1000
  • Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 3000
  • Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500
  • Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000
  • Microsoft Comfort Mouse 4500
  • Microsoft Wireless Mouse 5000

This program basically just resets a setting in the mouse through usb communications and then exits. Runs when linux boots up or you can run it manually.

The project provides packages for Debian and RPM

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    Works for Microsoft Sculpt mouse.
    – Ted Feng
    Commented Sep 30, 2015 at 2:30
  • MS Sculpt mouse appears to be Model 1560, if that helps anyone.
    – Alex
    Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 4:08

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