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So after getting a new mousepad it made me realize how bad my G400 tracks vertically. It zig zags back and forth while tracking up and down at any DPI, sensitivity, acceleration enabled or disabled, anything. I thought it was the new mousepad, but I think it really made me realize how bad this thing tracks. Uninstalling did nothing, and running without drivers did nothing. Still zig zags. I've exhausted everything and came to the conclusion that its the way I hold it. If I hold it perfectly straight I can get a decent track, though the way the mouse naturally fits in my hand it does this weird tracking issue.

I did some research and found a thread that said the later G400s (which I believe I have) no longer have angle snapping. I don't know if thats what is causing it or what, but now that I notice it and I've messed with it; I can't stand it.

I feel like a picture shows everything here:



Any input is useful. The mouse is about 7 months old, and it'll be a few weeks before I can get a new one if I am forced to.
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I have a G400 I bought around Octoberish, and it doesn't have this issue.



I'd suggest maybe RMAing it or looking for a software update of some kind (was the angle snapping hardware or software?).
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Here are two pics. First one is how I hold my mouse naturally and how I get the severe zig zags

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Second is how I can get a perfect vertical line like you have in MS paint.

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Holding it like that is extremely unnatural for how I sit. The angle snapping is hardware. Past a certain number, or if the seal on your box has logitech printed on it, it does not have angle snapping. Using my old mouse pad dulls the issue. Using my desk is just about as bad as the new mouse pad.
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Hmm, mine actually does do this too when I hold it at a certain angle. It's kinda hard for me to tell if it's coming from holding my mouse at a different angle than I'm used to or a tracking problem though. It feels like a tracking problem, but it doesn't do this jitter when I try to draw circles (which it should, no?)... Strange.
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I forgot about drawing circles.



Dem flat spots
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Your bad mousepad is the culprit here. Most mice would have issues on such a bad surface. Get a black mousepad and enjoy awesome tracking again.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ino. View Post

Your bad mousepad is the culprit here. Most mice would have issues on such a bad surface. Get a black mousepad and enjoy awesome tracking again.


Same issue, less severe. I still can't get a decent straight line with the other mouse pad. And trust me, aside from vertical, the new mouse pad is much better.

Actually for giggles I plugged in my old microsoft sidewinder x5 and it tracks 100x better on the new pad.
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The mousepad is a likely culprit, but to be sure try it on a sheet of printer paper.
    
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Sidewinder x5 on new mouse pad



G400 on paper



I'd so use the sidewinder if it wasn't broke beyond any use. Its night and day how smooth it is.

Curious to see somebody try this test that knows their G400 is the version with angle snapping.
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The lines with the angles over them are all vertical with the mousepad turned in the degrees you see above them.

Optical mice are more picky with surfaces, so you need a good quality mousepad for it. The sidewinder x5 is laser which allows for a wider range of surfaces. That is also the main reason why laser became popular.

Btw: the mousepad I did the test on was the Steelseries NP+, which is the best cloth pad I've found so far for any mice.

EDIT: I forgot! Only use either 400 or 800 dpi on the G400! Every dpi step above is bad.
Edited by Ino. - 3/29/13 at 12:30am
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