First post, by maximus
I've playing around with different PS/2 mice lately, some mechanical, some optical. I typically adjust the PS/2 polling rate for mice to 200 Hz, through Control Panel on Windows XP or using PS2Rate Plus on Windows 98 SE. Most mice work great at this setting. However, some of the older mechanical mice feel very sluggish at 200 Hz. The cursor moves slowly, as if the sensitivity is set too low. When I adjust the polling rate down to 100 Hz or 80 Hz, the cursor becomes much more responsive at the cost of some lost precision.
Why is this?
It's not like I'm filming the mouse at a high frame rate and then playing the footage back at normal speed. Everything here is real time; more samples per second shouldn't slow things down... right?
Is there a way to compensate for this effect, aside from increasing mouse sensitivity in Windows and games?