Mouse acceleration: what is it and why should we disable it

If you are starting to play shooter games like Fornite, PUBG or CS:GO (which currently are the most popular games), then you might have noticed that your mouse was not working as it should, making it harder for you to reach certain places on screen when moving quickly. Well, this does not mean that you should give up. It means that you should disable the mouse acceleration.

What is mouse acceleration?

Mouse acceleration correlates the mouse movement on screen with the speed with which we move the mouse, so the distance covered on the mousepad becomes irrelevant. Therefore, covering the same distance at different speeds can produce two different outcomes.

This mouse function can be enabled through a lot of different elements like the OS, the mouse’s drivers, the game’s settings and the mouse’s hardware. This function is key so users who have limited space to move the mouse can cover longer distances in a small space.

Mouse acceleration makes it really hard to move the cursor accurately, which makes it harder for us to calculate our speed and distance when gaming. When we use the function to play shooter games, we can see a huge difference because the mouse accuracy changes according to how fast we move the mouse. In case the function is disabled, we just have to learn how to move the mouse in order to get to the desire location on screen, as speed will only get us there quickly.

In most cases, mouse acceleration is software-produced, which is not 100% reliable. Therefore, we might experience a weird response from our mouse when moving even if we already master using it.

The gaming community recommends disabling this function in order to make it easier for you to learn how to improve your aim. However, this is not rocket science. Maybe some users feel more secure having the function enabled, which is totally understandable.

In our article about improving your aim on shooter games, we told you how to enable or disable the function.

An error on Windows 10 April 2018 Update is causing some apps to freeze

The Windows 10 April 2018 Update is bothering some users when they run some apps. Microsoft has confirmed this in their forum. The company explains that some computers and tablets can freeze or hang when using programs like Google Chrome or Cortana.

Complaints started coming in yesterday, May 2. Several users commented on Reddit that they were experiencing problems with several Google Chrome versions after updating to Windows 10 1803. The browser would freeze or hang, and the only way to solve the problem was through a hard reboot.

Now, Microsoft has confirmed that there is a problem with the Windows 10 update that was launched on April 30. However, the company points out that the error not only affects Google Chrome but also other apps like Cortana.

If you had this problem and your PC froze when using a program after installing Windows 10 April 2018 Update, Microsoft recommends trying out one of these solutions in order to recover Windows without needing to restart:

  • Firstly, try using the keyboard to wake the screen. To do so, simultaneously press the Windows logo key + Ctrl + Shift + B. In case that you have a tablet, simultaneously press the volume-up and volume-down buttons three times within 2 seconds.  If Windows is responsive, you will hear a short beep and the screen will blink or dim while the system attempts to refresh the screen.
  • If you are using a laptop, try closing and opening the lid.

As of now, there is no solution to the problem that causes some apps to freeze on the new Windows 10 version. Microsoft states that it is working on fixing the problem and that a patch will be included in the next regular monthly update that is due on May 8.