I've used "Mouse Preferences" window to set mouse pointer acceleration and sensitivity sliders to their maximums, but I am still not satisfied with how fast does mouse pointer move (I've got a very big display). Can I accelerate it over?

  • I've been trying to do the opposite: decrease the sensitivity below the minimum. Have you had any luck with your attempts?
    – Malabarba
    Oct 20 '10 at 15:53
  • No, I hadn't. I had to adapt myself :-(
    – Ivan
    Oct 20 '10 at 16:22

I'm not really sure what the range of the mouse acceleration sliders are, but you can easily change this manually by using xset.

Try something like xset m 100 5, that makes it go very fast for me.

The syntax of the command is:

xset m <pixels to move when going fast> <pixels threshold before moving fast>

To make the changes stick, put them in your ~/.xinitrc

  • Does not help. Even after "xset m 1000 3" I can't feel any difference. I use Ubuntu 10.10 with Logitech M-BT58 USB mouse. I also have built-in PS/2 touchpad in my laptop, but it does not get much faster also.
    – Ivan
    Oct 3 '10 at 2:36
  • @Ivan: I'm running Kubuntu 10.10 so I assumed it would be the same for Ubuntu. I can't really figure out why it would be any different for Ubuntu though. Can you try xset m 50 1 instead? I'm not sure where the limits are but 1000 3 doesn't do much for me either.
    – Wolph
    Oct 3 '10 at 2:46
  • @Ivan - it may be getting overwritten by gnome-settings-daemon or similar. You can use xset q before and after to see if it is having any effect. Also, do you have more than one pointing device (mouse, trackpad, ball) attached to your computer ?
    – koushik
    Oct 6 '10 at 11:35

I do not know if this is the right approach, but changing the AccelerationProfile from 0 to 6 and setting the VelocityScale to 10 you can get a really quick pointer. Much faster than if you change it in "Mouse Preferences". Here's how to do it:

First, you need to find your mouse ID and ProductName :

xinput list
 Logitech USB Optical Mouse                 id=11   [slave  pointer  (2)]

Now you can set the AccelerationProfile to 6 with this command :

xinput set-prop 11 "Device Accel Profile" 6
# 11 = DEVICE_ID
# 6 = linear (more speed, more acceleration)

Then you set the VelocityScale to what suits you. (1 to 10) (Higher = Faster):

xinput set-prop 11 "Device Accel Velocity Scaling" 5

If the above solution works for you, you can make it persistent by editing your xorg.conf (/etc/X11/xorg.conf). Add this section at the end of the file.

Section "InputClass"
   Identifier      "Logitech"                   # Whatever you want.
   MatchProduct    "Logitech USB Optical Mouse" # ProductName from xinput list.
   Option          "AccelerationProfile" "6"
   Option          "VelocityScale" "5"

Once you reboot, you should have the same result as with the xinput command.

Let me know if it helps.

*** Tested with Ubuntu 10.10 ***

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