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Strange bug, feel like it must be Windows GPU driver?

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May 10, 2012 7:02:52 PM

Hey everyone,

A few weeks ago, I noticed that when I launch certain games on my desktop, it acts as though I'm rotating the mouse counterclockwise nonstop. ie in an FPS I sit there spinning in a circle. I can actively balance it by moving the mouse, but when I let go, it keeps spinning. It's not in all games, just Borderland, Homefront and Sniper so far, which have worked historically.

Things I've tried:

- unplugging mouse and keyboard, still spins
- inserted another mouse, completely deleted the first mouse's driver, reinstalled, tried again, didn't help
- downgraded my graphics driver/program (AMD Catalyst) from 12.4 to 12.3, didn't help
- Tried a system restore, but I didn't realize it was turned off on this computer and I have none saved...

I feel like it has to be some kind of GPU-Windows interaction. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Specs:

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 445 Gana
GPU: Radeon HD 5850 1 GBDDR5
Mouse: Sidewinder X5 wired
RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
OS: Windows 7 64-bit, updated daily
MoBo: ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD

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May 10, 2012 8:19:19 PM

I suspect it may be your keyboard. Try checking that all keys are default function. This has happened to me only in some older games made to run on slower cpu systems.
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May 10, 2012 8:22:56 PM

Your using a Windows driver for your video card?

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May 10, 2012 9:07:43 PM

geekapproved said:
Your using a Windows driver for your video card?


I'm using AMD Catalyst, the interface that installs and auto-updates with Radeon HD cards, not just Windows updates.
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May 10, 2012 9:08:28 PM

Dogsnake said:
I suspect it may be your keyboard. Try checking that all keys are default function. This has happened to me only in some older games made to run on slower cpu systems.



Your keyboard caused mouse graphics problems? Man, that is bizarre. What is the best way to check that? If I plugged into another keyboard and everything worked fine, would that be conclusive?
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May 10, 2012 9:12:12 PM

no joystick or other analogue controller plugged in thats not zero calibrated?
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May 10, 2012 9:22:29 PM

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May 10, 2012 9:23:15 PM

13thmonkey said:
no joystick or other analogue controller plugged in thats not zero calibrated?


Turns out you were right, I feel awfully dumb. My son had a MadCatz controller plugged in that could have been leaning on its joystick before I unplugged it. Removed it and everything's fine. Thank you so much!
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May 10, 2012 11:06:21 PM

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