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How To Tweak The Config File - G5 Mouse And Cod4 ?


I ordered and constructed my xim as per the instructions posted online - soldering it was tough but i persevered. It worked perfectly the first time, which was astounding to me as usually nothing works first time the way its supposed to in it. Least in my universe :p - ok enough intro - now to the meat of the matter. I'm at the stage where i want to fine tune the config file so that the mouse feels as close to something that i'm comfortable with as possible. I've read all the configs posted here that i can find and mirrored all of them as tests and i just feel that i can tweak settings further to the point where its as close to perfection as possible. To do this i need all your expert advice. In regard to dead zone - how can i minimize this? I have a logitech g5 mouse and it still feels like the dead zone - the middle bit of movement on the screen around the cross hairs is very sluggish. To fine aim at someone still takes longer than it should especially in a game like cod4 where participants are sprinting around and making unexpected turns etc. If i could figure out how to speed up the finer movements, that would help my gaming heaps. Also - what do each of the settings on the config do? For eg using thorimmortal's config -

User: thorimmortal
Game: call of duty 4
Mouse dpi:logitech g5 default 800 dpi
Mouse dead zone: = 0
Mouse update frequency: = 2. 5
Dead zone: = 17
Dead zone type: = circular
Y/x ratio: = 1. 9
Translation exponent: = 0. 25
Sensitivity primary: = 18. 0
Sensitivity secondary: = 26. 0
Smoothness: = 0. 3

The mouse dead zone = 0, does this really reduce the dead zone to 0? I tried this config and it seemed like it still existed onscreen. Do i need to set my controller speed ingame to insane for this to work?

The update frequency seems straight forward to me - 2. 5 ms polling speed right? Something like that?

Then there's another dead zone setting here - whats that one for? The right thumbstick? Thats the wasd controls? What does that value do?

Circular vs square is explained well in the faq's - thanks for that. These settings -

Y/x ratio: = 1. 9

What does setting them higher or lower do? Does this mean that to move on the y axis i need to move almost double what i'd do on the x axis to see the same movement on screen? Or is this an adjustment to make them more even? I tried changing this value but wasnt sure what to look for. Translation exponent: = 0. 25

This one has me scratching my head. Sensitivity primary: = 18. 0
Sensitivity secondary: = 26. 0

I didnt really understand having two sensitivity settings. What does this translate to ingame? The g5 has a dpi selection on the mouse - from 800 - 2000dpi if i'm not mistaken. Is this setting related? Or something that emulates this? I havent tried switching the sensitivty for xim ingame yet - how does this affect the mouse settings (400, 800, 2000 manual selection on the mouse)

Smoothness: = 0. 3

This is mouse smoothing methinks, so if i set it to 0 will see no or less acceleration when i make a big turn?

Sorry for all the questions - these are some that i started scratching my head about when i began editing the config file. I know its a personal preference thing to get it "just right" but if i know what each of the values does that will help me get things just right much quicker. I feel like i'm changing values at random and not really understanding how each contribute to the overall feel of movement onscreen. Maybe if we tackle each of these one by one?


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