(note the following article is ported from an older site of mine, and may no longer apply to newer distributions of Ubuntu)
Mice manufacturers may advertise high-end mice by tossing around DPI numbers as high as 5700 these days, but as long as you’ve got something that can do 800-1600DPI, poll rate is more important. Unfortunately it seems Ubuntu (Karmic 64bit, 2.6.31-19 kernel) had mine set to automatic or default, which is less than the 1000Hz my good old Logitech G5 supports. Read on for the fix.
Getting help from this thread and another page (which I’m having trouble re-finding), I fixed it by editing 2 files: /etc/X11/xorg.conf and /etc/modules
In xorg.conf I added the following line in the mouse settings:
Option “SampleRate” “1000” #Hz
…and further lines can be added/customized based on what you read by doing “man mousedrv”
Then in modules, I added:
…which supposedly takes effect on either next restart, or next restart and mouse unplug+replug. The 1 corresponds to 1ms, which works out to 1000Hz. It can be tested by running:
…which returned a 0 for me prior to any meddling and now returns 1.
For mice not quite capable of 1000Hz, 500 Hz in xorg.conf and 2 in modules may be safer values.