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Rough Mouse Movement in Windows XP

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Ok, here's my problem. I seem to have rough mouse movements in XP Pro. It's hard to explain, but the mouse actually moves like an old Serial Mouse. I've tried a multitude of different mice as well, PS/2, USB and my Wacom Tablet... it's all the same! I do graphic design, and it's REALLY starting to annoy me. The mouse pointer is just not smooth at all. All the different mice I've tried, I have tried on my other computer running the same version of XP and they perform just fine.

I have an ASUS A7N8X motherboard.

I've tried everything, searched all around the news groups and came back with NO solutions on this problem. Additionally, if I enable Mouse Trails in XP the mouse movement is then perfectly smooth.. but I hate trails.

Any help would be much appreciated! I've been battling this issue for almost 6 months, and I'm about to go crazy.

Thanks,
Adam
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by:rid
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Are the graphics card and drivers the same in both your computers? If not, I'd suspect a graphics driver issue. Another possibility is the mouse driver, if you're not using windows generic drivers (those are normally quite sufficient).

Since it is quite easy to chenge, you could try a few different refresh rates and resolutions and see if the problem depends on any of these settings. See if there's an upgrade available for your vid card drivers.
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by:fl0r
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No. The graphics drivers are different. My graphics card is a GeForce FX5700... I know that these drivers aren't WHQL certified or whatever, so maybe I'll wait for the next NVIDIA driver release, and go from there. I am using the most up-to-date drivers for my mouse.
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by:kcarrim
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Did you check in mouse configuration window under pointer options, there is a setting that reads "Enhance Pointer Precision".
Also adjust the pointer speed a bit. Did this help?
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by:fl0r
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I already tried tweaking those settings, and they had no affect.  I have discovered that the mouse movement is smooth under 640x480 resolution, but not under any other resolution.
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by:kcarrim
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Run dxdiag, check hardware acceleration under display. Is there a test button next to AGP texturing? If not try reinstalling your mainboard's AGP driver, restart, then reinstall your display driver. Also disable spanning across monitors.
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by:cKdisciple
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Actually sounds like you should upgrade to the newest nvidia drivers to me. The Forceware drivers are backward compatible with all of the nvidia graphics cards, so they are a safe selection.
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I would like to know if updating drivers solved you problem??
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by:fl0r
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No, updating drivers did not help. I have narrowed it down to the possibility that it may be a 'quirk' with this particular ASUS motherboard. Other people seem to be suffering the same problem with the A78NX.
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by:kcarrim
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If you have Athlon 3000+ or 3200+, try lowering the speed. Please post specs.
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If you have Athlon 3000+ or 3200+, try lowering the speed. Please post specs.
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Did you not try any of the suggestions above?
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