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Windows 8.1 Mouse Lag Issue (NOLF1)

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Hi guys, i've recently upgraded to Windows 8.1 on my laptop and decided to install NOLF 1 & 2 again for the first time in a few years.


I'd go into more detail about the laptop itself but having also installed Nolf 2, which works perfectly, i figure there must be something else at work, besides hardware, for why Nolf 1 is suffering so much mouse lag. Here's what i've tried so far


  • Raising in-game mouse smoothing to max
  • Turning on in-game buffering
  • Unchecking 'enhance pointer precision' in control panel
  • Using different compatibility modes (XP, VIsta, 7, 8 vanilla etc.)
  • Trying out different resolutions
  • Using Microsoft's so-called 'fix' for known mouse lag issues
  • Changing Vsync settings (off and on)

Having messed about for a couple of hours, the best i can get is get no lag when moving right, and down, but considerable jumpiness when going left and up.


Can anyone offer some advice on what may be causing this?

Edited by Elsammio99
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I had to turn off hardware acceleration for my mouse to get it to work right with my Windows 8.1 Professional.

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Check with the mouse vendor to ensure you have the latest drivers for it? If it's a wireless mouse try a spare wired one perhaps.

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I'm running it on a laptop, so i'm trying to find out if the trackpad is to blame. It shouldn't be, considering it works for other games, even NOLF2. Thanks again

Does ti work if you put an external mouse on the laptop?

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  • 2 months later...

Using Microsoft's so-called 'fix' for known mouse lag issues


What exactly are you referring to by this "fix"?


Microsoft now has a number of fixes for mouse/pointer issues in Windows 8.1 specifically:


Mouse pointer stutters or freezes when you play certain games in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2



Mouse input in some games is incorrectly scaled on high-DPI devices



Button clicks for internal touchpads and pointing sticks are not responsive while or shortly after the keyboard is used



Note that the first fix CAN be extended to apply to games other than the ones currently supported by the update rollup through registry manipulation, so proceed with caution.

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