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How to Adjust Mouse Acceleration Settings on IGEL OS for Better Control

Written by Milan Potrok , IGEL COMMUNITY MEMBER OF THE YEAR


Introduction


In the quest for a more controllable mouse experience on IGEL OS, we've come across some useful insights and methods. Whether you're dealing with a super-sensitive mouse or just want to fine-tune your settings for better accuracy, this guide will help you navigate the process using xinput commands.


Understanding Mouse Acceleration

Mouse acceleration is a feature that increases the cursor's speed in relation to the movement speed of the mouse. While it can be helpful, it can also make the mouse feel unpredictable, especially for tasks requiring precision.

Why Adjust Mouse Acceleration?

  1. Precision: For detailed tasks like graphic design or precise data entry.

  2. Comfort: Reducing strain from overcorrecting fast cursor movements.

  3. Consistency: Ensuring similar mouse behavior across different devices.


Steps to Adjust Mouse Acceleration on IGEL OS

Here’s a straightforward method to tweak mouse acceleration settings using xinput commands.

1. Identify Your Mouse ID

First, you'll need to find the ID of your mouse. Open a terminal and type:

xinput list

This will display a list of input devices connected to your system. Look for your mouse in the list and note its ID.


2. Set Device Acceleration

To modify the acceleration settings, use the following xinput command:

xinput --set-prop [device id] 296 3

Replace [device id] with the ID of your mouse. The 296 corresponds to the "Device Accel Constant Deceleration" property, and 3 is the value you are setting. The default is typically 1.000000, so a higher value will slow down the cursor movement.

Example: For a mouse with ID 14, the command would be:

xinput --set-prop 14 296 3

3. Adjust Acceleration Profile

If you need to adjust the acceleration profile, use:

xinput --set-prop [device id] 295 0

Here, 295 corresponds to the "Device Accel Profile," and setting it to 0 can disable acceleration for a more linear response.


Challenges and Considerations

While these commands work well for testing, they might not be ideal for long-term use due to the variable nature of device IDs across reboots. Here are some additional points to consider:

  • Device Name Conflicts: If multiple devices share the same name (e.g., "PixArt Lenovo USB Optical Mouse"), it might be challenging to target a specific device. Using unique identifiers or additional properties can help differentiate them.

  • Persistence: For settings to persist across sessions, consider adding the xinput commands to startup scripts or configuration files.


Resources

For more detailed descriptions and examples, refer to the following sources:

These resources provide a comprehensive overview of the various properties you can adjust to tailor your mouse acceleration settings to your needs.

Conclusion

Tweaking mouse settings can significantly improve your user experience on IGEL OS. By following these steps and considering the nuances of your specific setup, you can achieve a more comfortable and precise mouse control.


Disclaimer


The content of this post is provided without any warranty or support by IGEL Technology. This information is derived from the IGEL Community, and not IGEL Technology. IGEL Technology will not provide any packages, instructions, or support for processes, scripts, or other content contained in this post. Use at your own risk!


Hope it works well, please let me know if you have some questions or comments!


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