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Authored by: sylvank on Jul 18, '03 01:57:34PM
As he says above:
There has already been a hint on modifying the preference file directly to achieve more speed.
The linked hint provides instructions:
Using a terminal, edit the .GlobalPreferences.plist file in your ~/Library/Preferences directory. If you're using Pico, for example, type:

pico ~/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist

Once the editor opens, use control-W to search for "scaling". You'll see a couple lines that look like:

[key]com.apple.mouse.scaling[/key]
[real]1.700000000000000e+00[/real]
You can also use textedit to edit the file:

/Applications/TextEdit.app/Contents/MacOS/TextEdit ~/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist &

Or even Property List Editor if you have it installed.
Interestingly, my .GlobalPreferences.plist doesn't have the mouse scaling entry.

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Authored by: sylvank on Jul 18, '03 02:01:50PM
A comment in the linked article correctly points out that technically, we shouldn't be editing pref files by hand, but using the defaults command, eg:

defaults write -globalDomain com.apple.mouse.scaling -float 3.0

But then where would we be if we always followed the rules?

Probably yelling at our Macs and wondering why preferences aren't loading right: beware messed up XML files. :-)

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