VMware, mouse wheel jumps too quickly

Posted on 2011-03-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
This problem keeps me away from VMware.

The scroll wheel jumps too quickly. 5-6 lines every click.........

The scroll wheel is so sensitive, that makes life with middle clicks difficult.

If you have any workarounds to this problem you will really help me going......

Everything I can do is give full points for an answer here...

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John Hurst earned 500 total points
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Be sure the current version of VMware Tools is installed in your guest machine. I just checked an XP Pro guest (I have several guests) and the scrolling action was smooth. On this machine I use a LogiTech VX Nano with a USB receiver and it works great. .... Thinkpads_User
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by:John Hurst
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Some other things:
1. What version of VMware?
2. In VMware, look at Edit -> Preferences -> Input tab and check the mouse settings. Also look at the Priority tab and make sure the settings are Normal (default).

One thing you can try is to uninstall VMware completely, restart and reinstall. But I would wait until you have explored most of the options.

... Thinkpads_User

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After I read your post I did something.... I don't know what, and it looks like it fixed itself...

Thanks very much friend....

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by:John Hurst
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Thank you! I was happy to help and pleased you got it fixed. ... Thinkpads_User

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ID: 35072211
The Logitech "SetPoint" Software running remotely on the Master PC connecting the Logitech Marathon M705 (and probably other similar mouses) triggers the bug within the VMware. Scrolling speed with the scroll wheel on that Logitech mouse is significantly faster in the Windows XP Pro guest than on host.

 The best way to fix this is to dissable logitech's "SetPoint" software from loading on boot. You may delete the relevant registry entries to achieve this.

The pay off is the lost of the ability to assign functions on the mouse keys on the host but I am sure you can do it using another program . All the buttons can remain functionable even without the logitech program running, but they all function by their default setting but like said you may do it using another program.

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ID: 35079975
New Findings

You can leave the Logitech Setpoint application running on the Master /Host PC and just dissable the option in the scrolling Tab that allows you to "enable smooth scrolling"

in Logitech's Setpoint application, for most mice, there is an option in the scrolling Tab that  allows you to "enable smooth scrolling" which makes scrolling in  Firefox, pixel perfect when you have the mouse wheel in smooth scroll  mode. DISSABLE IT.

That will make the trick. So, you can connect your logitech mouse in the host, network it to the other PCs using Input Director and run your Guests without this problem.

Additionally you get all the button presets working in all Input Director Slave PCs, the VMWare Host and Guests, and your life is ON again until the next disaster....

And I repeat, this is a VMware bug and not a mouse software bug.

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by:John Hurst
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I first got a LogiTech mouse that came with Setpoint and I had to return it because of Setpoint (but nothing to do with VMware). I got a VX Nano (no software) and it works fine in all applications including VMware. Thanks for the additional information. It was very helpful.
... Thinkpads_User

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