Spinning Camera in FPS games

Ever experienced this relatively frustrating phenomena?

My setup:

Windows 7 x64 with an ATI Card HD5700 series.
A logitech wireless keyboard+mouse.

Camera just keeps on spinning and if you move the mouse it changes pitch, speed or whatever.

Things to try:

  • Got a joypad/joystick in the vicinity? Plug it out.
  • Got a bluetooth thing and a controller nearby? Disable bluetooth.
  • When it’s spinning you can try plugging out your mouse/kebyoard/joypad to see if it stops then.
  • Update graphics drivers
  • Try with a wire (cheap as you can find) keyboard and mouse.

I had been runnnig synergy for a week or so, this is an application for controlling the mouse on another computer – over your network – by just dragging the cursor to the edge of your screen. Was working fine, I had it running while playing Portal 2, Call of Duty, Crysis. Working fine except that it minimized the game when I was at the edge..

Then I decided to update Windows with Windows Update (bunch of security fixes only..) and new AMD/ATI Drivers for my HD5770 card.

Then suddenly it started (the updates required reboots).

I rolled back driver, unplugged mouse/keyboard, rebooted a couple of times. Went through the windows update. Killed synergy – by default even if you run a program in full screen it will switch over to the other monitor, which is not so awesome because it minimizes games like Portal 2. I scoured the Steam Forums but nothing that helped.

In the end I found a ‘synergys’ process running even though the service was disabled and stopped. To stop it I had to select the “view processes for all users” and then end it.

Then whoop! No more spinning!
I suspect it may have been the same even with the updates if I had just done a reboot.


9 thoughts on “Spinning Camera in FPS games

  1. Peter

    I had this exact problem – in games like Portal 2 or TF2, the camera would spin around endlessly and holding alt would make me strafe with the mouse. Also, the Steam overlay (shift-tab) wouldn’t work, and Chrome would try to download links occasionally (alt+click). After a few hours of fruitless googling, switching keyboards, re-installing my mouse drivers and software, I came across your blog post. I checked my running processes, and sure enough, there is a synergy process! I killed it, and everything started working again!

    Without this post, I’m not sure I could’ve fixed it.

  2. jazze

    This post ended a long series of nervous fits of crying :p
    Thank you very much for posting this indeed.

  3. Hicsy

    WOW! just wow! I can’t believe you solved this problem for me – nailed it on the head! Synergy was the cause of it! NS2 (natural selection 2) was spinning like crazy, then i discovered TF2 was also, and the STEAM overlay stopped working… TF2 was fine though in a game UNTIL you pressed ANYTHING on the keyboard (even [F1] which does nothing ingame). A million thank-yous! uninstalling Synergy now…

  4. Seny

    Thank you so much. This is still an issue three years later and as with the other commentors, I have been through much stress and frustration trying to troubleshoot the problem until I found this. Lifesaver!

  5. Kathy Stange

    I am so happy I happened on this site. All of a sudden I couldn’t play any Portal games because I was SPINNING! Sure enough, it was my Synergy! Thanks for the tip-3 years later

  6. yAss

    Dude I’v checked the entire web to find out a solution to this problem and dont find any ! Until I click here !
    the problem come from the F****** Synergy software I unistall it and now no more spinning !
    your the best !


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