I have a Razer Deathadder. It's a nice gaming mouse. In Ubuntu its polling rates are through the roof, though, and the mouse is pretty much unusable even with GNOME's mouse sensitivity and acceleration settings at their lowest. Previously this could be fixed by tweaking the mouse section of your X.Org configuration file,
/etc/X11/xorg.conf, but in Ubuntu 9.10 a different measure is needed as most devices are managed via HAL. Here's how I regained my sanity and mouse slowness. This fix should work for any mouse.
Update: Added instructions for Ubuntu 10.04 and above (tested with many different mouse brands including Logitech in 10.04-12.10), and Fedora Core (12 and above). Instructions for Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala can be found at the bottom.
Fix for Ubuntu 10.04+ and Fedora Core 12+
It turns out that Ubuntu 10.04 and above need yet another type of work-around, as they don't use HAL. This is the best solution I've found so far:
- Open a terminal
- Run the command:
xinput --list --short
⎡ Virtual core pointer id=2 [master pointer (3)] ⎜ ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer id=4 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ Razer USA, Ltd DeathAdder Mouse id=6 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ Razer USA, Ltd DeathAdder Mouse id=7 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ Razer DeathAdder id=11 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ Macintosh mouse button emulation id=12 [slave pointer (2)] ⎣ Virtual core keyboard id=3 [master keyboard (2)] ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard id=5 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ Power Button id=8 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ Power Button id=9 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ Dell Dell USB Keyboard id=10 [slave keyboard (3)]
- Note the name of your device. (In my case, manipulating 'Razer DeathAdder' worked.)
- Set the constant deceleration for the device:
xinput --set-prop "Razer DeathAdder" "Device Accel Constant Deceleration" 5
That's it. You might have to play around with the value, but 5 slowed down my mouse sufficiently.
- To see the current settings for the device:
xinput --list-props "Razer DeathAdder"
- To turn off mouse acceleration:
xinput --set-prop "Razer DeathAdder" "Device Accel Velocity Scaling" 1
To perform the tuning automatically, I simply created a file containing the script below, ran
chmod +x on it and added it to GNOME's Startup Applications --
gnome-session-properties, or System -> Preferences -> Startup Applications, or the gear in the upper-right corner -> Startup Applications in Ubuntu's Unity.
#!/bin/sh xinput --set-prop "Razer DeathAdder" "Device Accel Constant Deceleration" 5 xinput --set-prop "Razer DeathAdder" "Device Accel Velocity Scaling" 1
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Fix for Ubuntu 9.10
- Open a terminal
- Run the command:
- In the output, locate the mouse's hex format vendor and product ID's as highlighted below:
82: udi = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/usb_device_1532_7_noserial_if0' linux.hotplug_type = 2 (0x2) (int) linux.subsystem = 'usb' (string) info.linux.driver = 'usbhid' (string) info.subsystem = 'usb' (string) info.product = 'USB HID InterfacUbuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynxe' (string) info.udi = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/usb_device_1532_7_noserial_if0' (string) usb.linux.sysfs_path = '/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.2/usb8/8-2/8-2:1.0' (string) usb.configuration_value = 1 (0x1) (int) usb.num_configurations = 1 (0x1) (int) usb.num_interfaces = 1 (0x1) (int) usb.device_class = 0 (0x0) (int) usb.device_subclass = 0 (0x0) (int) usb.device_protocol = 0 (0x0) (int) usb.product_id = 7 (0x7) (int) usb.vendor_id = 5426 (0x1532) (int) usb.product = 'USB HID Interface' (string) usb.vendor = 'Razer USA, Ltd' (string) usb.num_ports = 0 (0x0) (int) usb.max_power = 100 (0x64) (int) usb.device_revision_bcd = 256 (0x100) (int) usb.is_self_powered = false (bool) usb.can_wake_up = true (bool) usb.bus_number = 8 (0x8) (int) usb.speed = 12 (double) usb.version = 2 (double) linux.sysfs_path = '/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.2/usb8/8-2/8-2:1.0' (string) info.parent = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/usb_device_1532_7_noserial' (string) usb.interface.number = 0 (0x0) (int) usb.linux.device_number = 3 (0x3) (int) usb.interface.subclass = 1 (0x1) (int) usb.interface.class = 3 (0x3) (int) usb.interface.protocol = 2 (0x2) (int)In this case, my Product ID is 0x7 and my Vendor ID is 0x1532. Note that there can be more than one section containing the name of your mouse or its manufacturer -- if you can't find the product and vendor ID, look further down.
- Edit the HAL policy file for input devices:
sudo nano -w /etc/hal/fdi/policy/10-x11-input.fdi
- Insert the following text:
- Hit Ctrl + X, then Y to save the file and exit
- Restart hald:
sudo service hald restart
- Restart X.Org (log out or reboot your computer)
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <deviceinfo version="0.2"> <device> <match key="@input.originating_device:usb.vendor_id" int="0x1532"> <match key="@input.originating_device:usb.product_id" int="0x7"> <merge key="input.x11_options.ConstantDeceleration" type="string">5</merge> </match> </match> </device> </deviceinfo>
That's it! The "ConstantDeceleration" setting in
/etc/hal/fdi/policy/10-x11-input.fdi is what does the trick. When set to a value of 5, the sensitivity will essentially be divided by 5. Oh, sweet sanity.