Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mouse (and keyboard) lag while gaming in vista -> Solution!

Recently I started having a problem with my mouse lagging in games. It's hard to explain, but everytime I started strafing whilest going forward, and moving my mouse, the mouse would stop responding for 1-2 seconds. You can imagine how frustrating this can be. Ofcourse I started searching the internet (and thus google) for answers. Unfortunatly, nobody seems to find an answer, most people just say "its your mouse/graphics drivers" or "reinstall the specific game".But neither of those suggestions help anyone with my problem.
Lucky me (and you if you are reading this): I seem to have found the problem. We all know the UAC of windows vista. Some of us hate it, some of us don't care. I was one of those who didn't really care, though because it's quite annoying to press four buttons everytime you are doing something, I switched it off. Now normally one would think that everything now starts in administrator mode (and it should). But apparantly, there's still a difference... It seems that my games aren't run in administrator mode and that's why there's the mouse lag.
If you just go to the properties of the *.exe of you game and switch on "Run as administrator" in the "Compatibility" tab, then everything works as smooth as ever! Hooray!
If you have this problem and UAC is on with you (or you don't have a clue what UAC for vista is) then just try running the game as administrator in the same fashion I just explained above.
Enjoy fragging pixels again!