New Windows 7 install, mouse is not moving like it used to

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  1. Posts : 53
    Windows 7 Pro 32 & 64 bit
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    New Windows 7 install, mouse is not moving like it used to


    So I built a new PC. AMD FX 8310, AsRock 970M Pro3. My install was the windows 7 x64 Professional ISO download off MSDN with the USB3 drivers added in via the MSI Smart tool.

    For some reason, the mouse speed/acceleration on this PC is different than my old PC. This is causing extreme muscle pain in my right arm, shoulder, and back as I try to adjust (I have non repairable nerve damage in the upper right part of my back and shoulder that makes me very sensitive to fine motor control movements). On my old PC I have absolutely zero mouse issues for over a decade of use. Here are the relevant details:

    1. I am using the exact same mouse. It's an older Logitech M305. On my old PC it worked fine, on the new one, the acceleration and speed is slower.

    2. I am using the same mousepad. In fact the entire desktop side of the PC is identical: Same keyboard, Mouse, mousepad, monitor, and cables as the old PC that did not have this issue. So I don't think it's a hardware issue amoung those items

    3. I booted up the old PC and checked, and the software config is identical to the new PC. Neither had a mouse driver installed, both had the "Mouse" section of the control panel set to identical settings, the registry settings controlling mouse movement are identical (both are set to the defaults)

    4. The keyboard I have has a built in touchpad, this also has the slower movement and acceleration issue as the mouse, despite it being the same piece of hardware and identically configured as the old PC.

    5. I tried switching mice. Here are the one I tried:
    Logitech M325 (USB, with Logitech drivers and with generic Windows drivers)
    Logitech M317 (USB, with Logitech drivers and with generic Windows drivers)
    Logitech G305 (USB, with Logitech drivers and with generic Windows drivers)
    Generic wired PS/2 mouse (the motherboard has PS/2 headers)

    None of them fixed the issue

    6. I tried multiple USB ports, I tried the same USB port I was using on the old PC (USB Hub in keyboard) as well as a USB hub in the back of the PC that is attached directly to the motherboard, no difference.

    7. I can make the mouse move differently by adjusting the acceleration curve settings in the registry but the X/Y coordinate system is confusing to me and I have not been able to tweak them correctly to get the mouse to move as expected. But, those settings are being respected, not ignored.

    So the only difference between these two PC's are the motherboard itself (I don't know how that could make a difference in mouse speed) and the the OS install having USB3 drivers slip streamed in which I also don't think would make a difference since the issue happened on a PS/2 mouse

    Any idea wtf could be going on? As it is now I am unable to configure the mouse to be comfortable to use, it causes pretty severe muscle knots and pain in the right side of my upper back and shoulder when using it, so unless a quick solution is found this PC is getting abandoned and I am going back to my old one.
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  2. Posts : 161
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bits
       #2

    You mentioned going into the registry. Why? Have you already tried settings in the Control Panel?

    Whether you are using a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 makes no difference because a mouse only needs USB 2.0. For wireless mice I have found USB 2.0 is better because there is a potential for interference if USB 3.0 is used.

    Here are the settings for my Logitech M325 Mouse on my 18 year old HP laptop.

    In Control Panel Right-click on mouse and select Mouse settings

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    Select Pointer Options

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    Optionally, if SetPoint is installed you can select SetPoint Settings

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    Select Pointer and Scrolling Settings

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  3. Posts : 53
    Windows 7 Pro 32 & 64 bit
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       #3

    MisterEd said:
    You mentioned going into the registry. Why? Have you already tried settings in the Control Panel?
    Per my OP:

    "both had the "Mouse" section of the control panel set to identical settings"

    The old PC did not have set point drivers installed. I installed them on the new PC but none of the settings helped. The problem seems to be that this install of windows is not correctly determining the acceleration, so when you try and land the pointer on something, it decelerates to quickly, requiring more muscle movement to get the pointer where you want it to go.
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  4. Posts : 6,872
    W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
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    And now for a really way out option

    Do they have identical themes???

    part and parcel of each >>>theme<<< is the option to adjust various settings
    Adjusting 1 does not have a Global effect
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  5. Posts : 53
    Windows 7 Pro 32 & 64 bit
    Thread Starter
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    torchwood said:
    And now for a really way out option

    Do they have identical themes???

    part and parcel of each >>>theme<<< is the option to adjust various settings
    Adjusting 1 does not have a Global effect
    Yes, each Windows 7 install has identical themes, identical Visual Performance settings, it is the same physical video card and identical video drivers with identical settings on each. Configuration wise, all mouse settings and visual settings are identical. I initially thought it was a USB thing, but even the PS/2 mouse suffers the same issue, so that eliminates that.

    The only difference between the two machines is the motherboard, the CPU, the RAM, the PSU, and the USB3 drivers slipstreamed into the Win7 install. Literally all other hardware is the exact same (as in it was pulled out of the old PC and put in the new one)

    One odd thing I just noticed, MisterEd's screenshot just showed the SetPoint drivers for the M325. On the old PC I had no drivers installed, just plugged in the mouse and that was it. In my first attempts to fix the new PC, Installed drivers, on my M305, it installed SetPoint, but on my M325, SetPoint was not the correct driver, upon installing it it told me to download "Logitech Options". I downloaded that and installed it and it did control the mouse (although did not have any configuration that solved my arm pain), but it's odd that he has a M325 that usesSetPoint where my M325 didnt work with SetPoint and required a different software package. My G305 required Logitech G Hub, so there were three total different driver software packages for the mice

    The fact the PS/2 mouse still exhibits the issue leads me to believe it has nothing to do with USB, or the mice however.
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  6. Posts : 161
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bits
       #6

    I have used the Logitech M325 with several computers and have always used SetPoint. There were no problems and was never a suggestion to install any other software.

    BTW, I just installed Options (v8.36.86) on the laptop with Windows 7 and a M325 mouse. Options scanned but could not find the mouse.
    Note the laptop already has SetPoint (v6.70.55) on it.

    Update:
    I just remembered that one time I did an experiment on my laptop with Windows 10 on it. The laptop already had a Logitech M510 wireless mouse. That mouse required Logitech Options. In the experiment I paired a second mouse a Logitech M325.

    I am not sure but this may mean that the Logitech M325 mouse may require SetPoint or Options depending upon the particular USB dongle it is paired with. This would explain why both SetPoint and Options are in the downloads for the Logitech M325. Which one you use depends upon the USB dongle you are using.
    Downloads for Logitech M325
    Windows 7: Unifying Software, SetPoint, Options
    Windows 8: Unifying Software, SetPoint
    Windows 10: Unifying Software, SetPoint, Options
    Windows 11: Unifying Software, SetPoint
    I have the Logitech MK550 Keyboard/Mouse Combo which includes the K350 Keyboard & M510 Mouse. Logitech says to use SetPoint for both. Although Setpoint works for the keyboard it does not work for the mouse. For the mouse I have to use Options.

    Downloads for Logitech MK550 Keyboard/Mouse Combo:
    Windows 7: Unifying Software, SetPoint
    Windows 8: Unifying Software, SetPoint
    Windows 10: Unifying Software, SetPoint
    Windows 11: Unifying Software, SetPoints

    Downloads for Logitech M510
    Windows 7: SetPoint, Options
    Windows 8: SetPoint, Options
    Windows 10: Unifying Software, SetPoint, Options
    Windows 11: Unifying Software, SetPoint, Options
    From this I conclude that Logitech has confused things for its customers. That means you have to use whatever works for you.

    All the Logitech mice I have use either SetPoint or Options. I don't have any mouse that uses G HUB.
    Last edited by MisterEd; 06 May 2022 at 00:09.
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  7. Posts : 53
    Windows 7 Pro 32 & 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #7

    When I installed SetPoint it did not see the mouse and told me to get Options, so you may be right. Either way, the M305 with SetPoint or the M325 with options both had the wrong acceleration

    It seems to be the lowest point on the accell curve. The mouse point slows down to much when you are honing in on one point, require more fine motor control to go the last few millimetres, which is what is tearing my arm up. It's a shame because if I cant get this solved I am trashing this computer and going back to my old one, and it would suck to not be able to enjoy my new PC all because this random Windows Install doesn't manage the mouse correctly.
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  8. Posts : 373
    Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
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    I use the mousepad built into my laptop, and an old driver that has various settings, one of which is "Slow Motion" which de-accelerates the mouse as you are describing, (apparently handy if working on something like a CAD program where you're needing to make very small, fine movements). I keep it disabled.

    I realize you're using a different mouse than I do, but what you are describing sounds 100% like a mouse driver issue. Not that the settings are wrong, but that you need a different driver for that mouse on that system. In your place I would install a different driver from Logitech (if that's the make of the mouse) and just see what happens. Since you're using W7 don't necessarily need the newest Logitech driver, but I'd pick one newer than the one you're using on your last system... and I'd keep trying drivers until I found one that works right. (I've been through this before myself.) Good luck.

    EDIT: I just looked at your screenshots and you might try first (since it's quick) checking the box for "enhanced pointer precision" and then click APPLY and stay on that page and just throw the mouse around a little. And further down for acceleration, you have LOW checked. Forget about the settings on the old system, play with the setting on the new system. Try changing acceleration from LOW to MED or HIGH, then click APPLY and again, take the mouse for a little ride around the page. If changing these settings doesn't do anything, or does something unexpected, then the mouse driver is wrong for that system. If changing the settings does make a difference, but not exactly what you want, keep going through looking for settings relative to your issue and try different things. If none of that works (which will only take literally less than a minute or two), then go find a new mouse driver to try. You may have to try a few before you find one that plays nice with your new hardware. Chipsets on the MB effect the entire system. Nothing is "one size fits all" - that's why new systems have their own mouse drivers (like when someone buys a computer or laptop already built).
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  9. Posts : 161
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bits
       #9

    sluggerb said:
    When I installed SetPoint it did not see the mouse and told me to get Options, so you may be right. Either way, the M305 with SetPoint or the M325 with options both had the wrong acceleration

    It seems to be the lowest point on the accell curve. The mouse point slows down to much when you are honing in on one point, require more fine motor control to go the last few millimetres, which is what is tearing my arm up. It's a shame because if I cant get this solved I am trashing this computer and going back to my old one, and it would suck to not be able to enjoy my new PC all because this random Windows Install doesn't manage the mouse correctly.
    Before you give up on this computer you might consider reinstalling Windows 7 and the chipset drivers for the motherboard. It might be something as simple as a driver problem, however, a reinstall might be the best way to address that.

    BTW, I have a desktop computer with an AMD FX 8350 CPU. It is on a Gigabyte GA-990FXA UD3 motherboard. I have used several wired and wireless Logitech mice with it with no problems.
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  10. Posts : 53
    Windows 7 Pro 32 & 64 bit
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    remm said:
    I realize you're using a different mouse than I do, but what you are describing sounds 100% like a mouse driver issue.
    I tend to agree with you, however across a spectrum of USB Mice with no driver installed (just the default Microsoft one), Set Point Installed, Logitech Options Installed, and Logitech gHub installed, as well as a PS/2 mouse, all acting identically, that would be a single issue persisting across 4 different driver states and 2 different hardware states. But, it could be one other Windows component that all of these interact with that is acting up?

    I am going to boot up the old PC in a bit and check the driver installed in that. I want to look at it on the actual physical system, not the P2V setup I have for it.

    If changing these settings doesn't do anything, or does something unexpected, then the mouse driver is wrong for that system.
    Changing the settings DOES impact the way the mouse moves, but every setting all suffers from the same broken acceleration curve. So I can make the mouse move faster, slower, accelerate faster, and slower, but as you hone in on an object, it always drops off the acceleration to quickly. It is super bizarre

    Chipsets on the MB effect the entire system. Nothing is "one size fits all" - that's why new systems have their own mouse drivers (like when someone buys a computer or laptop already built).
    I think maybe it might be the chipset driver. I have the latest chipset driver installed, I will try uninstalling it and see what happens. Also, as it stands, I actually found a spare motherboard on ebay for $30, so on a lark I bought it, so I may try a physical hardware swap on the motherboard and see what happens. Who knows, it might be a hardware thing on the mobo.

    Before you give up on this computer you might consider reinstalling Windows 7 and the chipset drivers for the motherboard. It might be something as simple as a driver problem, however, a reinstall might be the best way to address that.
    If/when I do the mobo swap I will be doing that. I also might just try it on the system as it stands now. I am also going to see if I can find any generic chipset drivers and try those vs the manufacturer ones

    Really appreciate all the thoughtful advice, I will keep you updated on how it goes.

    Edit: I did check and it looks like the 970 chipset driver on the Asrock website (that is what I have installed now) is version 12.3 released on 01/15/2015, while the 970 chipset on the AMD website is version 18.10.0830 released on 9/4/2018. Easy enough to uninstall and reinstall and try out.

    - - - Updated - - -

    OK, now this is interesting...

    I went to uninstall the 12.3 chipset drivers, and the PC blue screened with an IRQ_NOT_LESS_THAN_OR_EQUAL. Odd. So I rebooted, tried again, same blue screen. I rebooted into safe mode, tried it there, same blue screen

    So I tried to install the new version of the driver over the old version, and got the same blue screen that time. Another oddity, when I installed the old driver when I first built the system, the only thing the Catalyst Manager installed was a USB filter driver. The new driver is the Radeon installer, and it tries to install the USB Filter driver, AND an IDE and SATA driver.

    Since there doesn't seem to be a way to get 12.3 off this thing without blue screening, and I was planning on rebuilding it anyway, later tonight or tomm I will rebuild it from scratch with a fresh Win7 install and use the newer drivers.

    Does anyone think the BSOD indicates bad hardware and I should just skip right to the mobo swap though?
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