Dead Space

Dead Space

482 ratings
How to fix mouse control problems
By Bropalm
Here's how you can fix all problems with the mouse controls by editing the game's config file.
Dead Space has several isses with mouse controls, like lag, acceleration, deadzone and low sensitivity. The good news is that there are ways to get rid of these and make it work almost as well as Dead Space 2. This guide will tell you how.

Update 2017-03-03

Someone has made a fix that allows raw mouse input. I highly recommend that you try it first instead of using the workarounds in this guide. It should work much better.

Link to Fix[]
The first issue we'll deal with is the mouse lag. It's a simple fix, just disable Vsync from the visuals section of the game's options menu.

If you really want Vsync on because you get a lot of screen tearing, you can experiment with leaving it off in the game and forcing it on in your video card's control panel. Another option that could help with screen tearing is to force Triple Buffering with the control panel or another external program.
Editing the config file
Next, you will have to find and edit the game's configuration file. This will fix the other problems with the mouse controls: the acceleration, deadzone and low sensitivity.

One downside with this fix is that the mouse cursor will move very fast in the game's menus. This is an unavoidable problem if you want the higher sensitivity in gameplay. However, you can simply use the arrow keys and Enter/Esc to navigate the menus instead, it works just fine.

The first step is to find the config file, named "settings.txt". Exactly where it is located depends on which operating system you're using. Make sure that you run the game at least once first so that the file is created by the game. On Windows 7 it is located in your user folder here:

[your user folder]\AppData\Local\Electronic Arts\Dead Space\settings.txt

If you cannot find the AppData folder you need to enable showing of hidden files in the Windows Folder options.

If you're using Windows XP/Vista/8 or another OS the file might not be in that exact location. In that case it might be easier to seach your user folder or C drive for "settings.txt" or "Dead Space".

When you find "settings.txt" open it with notepad and copy and paste the following text into the bottom of the file:

Control.AimAssistEnabled = false Control.AimingPosition = 0 Control.ControllerSensitivity = 2 Control.DeadZone = 0 Control.FireButtonControls = true Control.MouseAcceleration = 0 Control.MouseSensitivity = 2.00000000 Control.Shock = true Controls.AcL.X = 0x1104007E Controls.AcL.Y = 0x00030008

Then save the file and play the game. If you're not happy with the mouse sensitivity you can change it by editing the "Control.MouseSensitivity = 2.00000000" line and try a different number. The in-game mouse sensitivity settings will only allow you to go up to 1.0, which is way too low, at least for my mouse.
Following these steps the game's mouse controls should be vastly improved, to the point where it works almost as well as Dead Space 2. Now enjoy playing the game, like it was meant to be played!
< >
Tommy Wiseau Nov 23 @ 9:30am 
to make the dll hack work in proton, you also need to set up an override for dinput8.dll with winecfg using protontricks, otherwise it loads the wine-builtin from
Flin Oct 2 @ 10:15am 
Thank you dude!
jhonatan Sep 28 @ 10:29am 
to tendo problema pra salvar os capitulos do jogo, quando fecho tenho que volta tudo do inicio
koalko Sep 20 @ 3:34am 
Thank you very much!
goldenmob72 (GM72) Jun 22 @ 12:49pm 
This actually worked! Ty
深夜徘徊 Apr 24 @ 10:35am 
thanx, the fix file use with In game Vsyc setting off work perfectly. :cozyspaceengineersc:
Ελλάς Mar 7 @ 1:40pm 
Небо и земля.Как вспомню 1 запуск игры без всего этого и прохождение.Странно,что разработчики так не сделали изначально.:br_smile:
Zachshock Feb 21 @ 1:57pm 
The guide didn't help turning off vscync didn't work and the thing I copied and pasted didn't do much
The Alpha Feb 16 @ 2:29pm 
MAKAIROSI Jan 26 @ 5:59am 
The problem is that i don't know how the game is supposed to work. For example, with this guide, when i'm walking the mouse sensitivity drops immensely. When i'm running i can hardly turn the mouse. I kinda thought the game is SUPPOSED to be like this, but i can't know.