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Old 01-09-01, 05:34 PM
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I tried my Logitech optical mouse on both
USB and PS2 ports and I can't see (or feel) a darn difference. Should I give it some cheese and try again?
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Shouldn't really be any difference, AFAIK, but since you can only use the PS2 port for a mouse (again, AFAIK), you might as well stick with it there and keep your USB port free...
Old 01-09-01, 06:33 PM
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Please step away from the computer equipment before you hurt yourself

I agree with TCHJ. If you don't see a difference (and you shouldn't) save the USB port for something that actually needs a high speed serial interface and stick your mouse in the ps2 port ..er.. wherever you would like to stick your mouse
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That's what I did. Was just wondering If there should have been a difference.

Dosen't really matter anyway since I have 4 USB ports and none are used at this point. Guess I could get a USB cable and get my printer off that parallel port huh?
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well, since technically the usb is faster.. i say go with the usb until you have a need for that port

i can definitly tell a difference in the ps2 and usb on my laptop when using my microsoft explorer optical mouse.. the usb is more responsive, of course the ps2 works fine, but there is a difference there.
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I don't know about optical mice, but for mice with balls, PS/2 mice can feel much more jerkier (less smooth) during operation compared to their USB counterparts. The reason for this is that typical mouse drivers only sample data from the PS/2 port at 45 Hz (not sure about number) while standard USB mice are sampled at nearly 3 times that. Hence, USB mice are smoother.

Of course, there are utilities such as PS/2 Rate and Logitech drivers since version 8.6x have incorporated the ability to change the sampling rate for PS/2 mice. There is a definite improvement in mousing when increasing the sampling rate, and it is quite evident in applications such as Quake 3.

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