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Pointer/cursor freezes

by Ben Ford / August 3, 2004 3:50 AM PDT

My mouse pointer has recently begun to fly to the side or top and freezes. I have to re-boot to normalise it.
Has anybody any experience of this. I suspect the fault might be a mouse suffering from anno domini! There are various protection programmes which were installed prior to the fault. I have not installed any new programmes recently. Thanks in advance !

Windows 98 Second Edition.
Intel Pentium III, 800 MHz. 128MB 100MHz memory.
NVidia Geforce2 MX400/400. SB 128 PCI Soundcard.

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Re: Pointer/cursor freezes
by Kees Bakker / August 3, 2004 4:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Pointer/cursor freezes

Easy to check: try another mouse. No need to install drivers, just plug it in. This points to hardware problems, or excludes them.

If no luck, boot into Safe Mode, and see if it works then. If it's some malware, good chance this helps you to detect so.

If no luck, uninstall the software that came with the mouse, and use basic Windows 98 support for it. A simple reinstall might be a solution.

And use to find any interfering malware.

Hope one of this four points helps.


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Re: Pointer/cursor freezes
by Cursorcowboy / August 3, 2004 7:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Pointer/cursor freezes
My mouse pointer has recently begun to fly to the side or top and freezes. I have to re-boot to normalise it.

When doing what - where.

1. The article [Q323786] provides general troubleshooting steps to isolate problems that are related to video adapter drivers or video subsystems concerning symptoms of display problems as follows:

Computer fails (general protection faults or invalid page faults)
Computer stops responding (hangs)
Printing problems
Unexpected mouse behavior
Unexpected colors
Screen redraw problems

2. Check for conflicts in "Device Manager". In some cases, a hardware conflict may manifest itself as a video problem.

3. The first thing to ensure is that a "device has not been disabled in a hardware profile." Also, please read "Troubleshooting Device Conflicts with Device Manager (Q133240)".

4. You may use the DirectX Diagnostic Tool to determine the video driver versions, provided this tool is installed on the system:

a. Click Start, Run, type the following line exactly as shown, and then either press Enter, or click OK.

c:\program files\directx\setup\dxdiag.exe - (being sure the correct path in the example is used)

Note: Otherwise, use the Windows Find function to see if the file DXInfo.exe is installed on the system. If so, double click it.

b. Click the Display or the Display 1 tab.

c. Under Drivers, note the version number on the Version line.

Note: If multiple video adapters are installed in your computer, repeat #b & #c above to determine the driver versions of each additional video adapter. When finished, click Exit.

5. Set the Windows Standard VGA display option in the Control Panel:

a. Click Start, Settings, Control Panel, Display icon.

b. Click the Settings tab and then click the button labeled, Change Display Type in Win95, or the Advanced... button with Win9x, and select the Adapter tab.


c. Click the Change button and follow the instruction until you can select Show all devices/hardware for your version of Windows. Be sure you don't use the option to "Search for a better driver.... ." You must set this manually.

d. In the "Manufacturers" box click "Standard" display types. This option should be at the top of the list -- if you can't see it now, scroll upwards.

e. In the "Models" box, click "Standard Display Adapter (VGA)", and then click Next or OK - depending on the Windows version used to ensure the selection made is accurate.

f. Click Close, or whatever to exit that dialogs.

6. While at the "Display Properties" (Click to see an example screenshot) dialog, click the Settings tab if it's not already in focus.

a. In the Colors palette box, select 256 Colors by using the drop down arrow at the right side.

b. When finished, restart Windows for these changes to take affect.

Note: Then run/use the system and test for problems. If the anomaly disappears, the problem was certainly caused/related to the particular video drivers in use, or is related to the subsystem video adapter itself. Perhaps the drivers are corrupt and require a reinstallation, but I would suggest the manufacturer's site be check for updated drivers first.

7. Consider adjusting the "Advanced Graphics Settings" (Click to see an example screenshot) a notch lower, or higher and observe the results (Click Start, Settings, Control Panel, System, Performance, Graphics).

8. You can benchmark the system's video performance at various settings to determine the best one to use and for most people, an unscientific test may suffice. If using Windows 98, click Start, Settings, Control Panel, Display, Effects and place a check mark in the box labeled, "Show window contents while dragging". Click Apply and then click OK to Exit. This setting gives the video card a good workout. After this, drag several windows around and note whether the movement is jumpy or smooth. Try different resolution settings and color depths (Control Panel, Display, Settings, Colors and Screen Area) and note which setting gives the best movement/result for use.

9. Are there perhaps problems related to DirectX? Supplemental reading:

a. "Troubleshooting Video Problems in Windows (Q127139)."

b. "Cannot Change Video Resolution on HP Vectra Computer (Q128703)."

c. "EISA Bus Computer Detects Display Adapter Incorrectly (Q133726)."

d. "Display Problems, Errors, or Computer Locks When Starting Game (Q161961)."

e. "Unable to Select a Higher Screen Area in Display Properties (Q182595)."

f. "Description of the DirectX Diagnostic Tool (Q190900)."

g. "Uninstalling Windows 98 Changes Display Settings (Q207551)."

h. "CDSETUP-Audio and/or Video Problems with Step-By-Step Software (Q238511)."

i. "How to Troubleshoot Audio and Video Issues in Windows Media Player (Q265523)."

j. "How to Force Windows to Use Standard VGA Compatible Driver (Q268852)." (Windows XP)

10. Please read through the article [Q329821] for a general understanding concerning the video adapter types used, particular systems, the subsequent rendering of information by the software/program used, and the result (cause) that may be rendered on your video screen.
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Pointer/Cursor Freezes
by Ben Ford / March 16, 2006 7:16 PM PST

To Kees Bakker & Cursor Cowboy. Many thanks for your help, all is well now. Sorry for the delay in replying.
Ben Ford.

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Thanks for posting back, but ...
by Kees Bakker / March 16, 2006 7:40 PM PST
In reply to: Pointer/Cursor Freezes

could you tell what the problem was?


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