I recently received a new wireless mouse (Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000) for my laptop for Christmas. I liked it a great deal, until I recently began working in Adobe Flash again, and started experiencing some problems.

When I'm working in Flash with this mouse, and I use the scroll wheel on the stage to scroll down, all seems well. But when I try to scroll up, moving even one notch on the wheel scrolls more than half of the stage distance. (It goes really, really fast). This isn't supposed to happen.

Even curiouser, the scroll wheels doesn't seem to have any effect at all in the layers panel. No scrolling is achieved.

Flash is the only application that I've had any trouble with using this mouse: it seems fine in everything else.

Any other mouse, wireless or otherwise works fine with this software.

Today, I tried installing the mouse software, to see if that had any effect. It did not. However, if I change the [Connected Device] option to "Basic Optical Mouse", then there is a change: The scroll wheel now works in the layers panel of Flash, but the scroll speed is now sped up in both directions on the stage!

Any suggestions?

Note: I'm running Windows 7 - 64bit.


Today I determined that Microsoft has been implementing something they call high definition scrolling to their mouse wheels, where each 'notch' of the wheel indicates a much smaller scroll distance than normal, but there are many more of them. (The wheel turns smoothly, not in 'steps' like others. This seems like the kind of thing that would screw stuff up. Any information about this?

Mouse Settings

  • Is there a setting how many "pages" I suppose to scroll per ever notch on the mouse wheel?
    – ngen
    Feb 10, 2011 at 16:33
  • I don't think so. I know now that it's using something Microsoft calls "High Definition" scrolling, which means that it scrolls less for each 'notch', but there are many more notches. Feb 11, 2011 at 2:13
  • Have you tried turning off Hi Def scrolling? Also under the scrolling tab in the above picture there should be a setting that defines how many "lines" it scrolls per notch. Feb 21, 2011 at 16:53
  • @Kyle I didn't see any option to turn off HD scrolling, but then again I wasn't really looking. I'll get back to you on this. Feb 23, 2011 at 16:11
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    > So, long story short, I bought a Logitech. Mar 6, 2011 at 17:55

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I have long since given up on the Microsoft mouse software. Each new evolution of the software takes away needed features and adds unneeded ones that screw-up the whole mouse-experience thing.

When the latest incarnation of Microsoft's IntelliPoint became totally unusable, I found XMouse Button Control, a free software product. It not only does what IntelliPoint used to do, but actually has more options than IntelliPoint. And in addition it is rock-solid.

If you want to try it, you will need to uninstall any Microsoft higher-level software product such as IntelliPoint (if you have one), but do not uninstall the mouse-driver. XMouse Button Control is higher-level software only, and does not include a mouse-driver. More info is available on the website.

  • Does this allow you to set mouse pointer speed independently of the touchpad speed? I've also got a Logitech mouse that has software allowing me to do this, but if I can get the Microsoft one to work, I'll get my money back for the Logitech (I've had the MS one for too long to get a refund). Feb 23, 2011 at 16:11
  • It has tons of options and settings. You will need to try it to see if it fits your needs.
    – harrymc
    Feb 23, 2011 at 16:22

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