Mouse Pointer Freezes but Mouse Works

By paradoxos ยท 12 replies
Nov 3, 2005
  1. My mouse pointer has been freezing but my mouse works, I just have to watch to see where is based on mouseovers. How can I fix this?
  2. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    Try re-installing the mouse drivers. If that doesn't cure it check for updated graphics card drivers.
  3. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Have you tried unplugging it from the back and plugging it back in? You might have to reboot to get it to work properly again.

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  4. paradoxos

    paradoxos TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have the latest driver and unplugged it and plugged it back in. It happens whenever I open Civ 4...
  5. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    Have you tried a different mouse?
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    So actually the problem occurs in only one game?

    This is most certainly a graphics issue. Try playing around with the game's graphics settings, update your video drivers, try reducing the video acceleration levels, update DirectX..
  7. Banjoman

    Banjoman TS Rookie

    I'm having the same problem

    I am having the same problem. My mouse pointer freezes in place, but I can still activate things by guessing (and using highlighting, etc.) to determine where my cursor is located. It started just a few days ago...the mouse had worked fine before. I can't pinpoint what I'm doing when it happens, but it seems to occur if I'm trying to multitaks while doing something kind of intensive (defragmenting, burning CDs/DVDs). It's a real pain in the rear.

    I have Win XP SP1 (was SP2, but uninstalled that, trying to see if it would fix the driver), nVidia GeForce 5200 AGP graphics card. Updated the drivers for the video card yesterday, that didn't fix it. I can't find mouse drivers that are better than what I have, though my mouse drivers are dated 2001. I did install "browser mouse 1.0" for my Micro Innovations optical mouse yesterday, that didn't work.

    I thought maybe I accidently cleaned something from the registry that might have caused it, so reinstalled everything that I had cleaned from the registry. That didn't work.

    I can't figure it out. The only things I haven't tried is unplugging/replugging the mouse and uninstalling the mouse from my system and rebooting. I think I'll try those now.

    Otherwise, any tips?
  8. Banjoman

    Banjoman TS Rookie

    Hmmm...tried a few things

    I installed the newest DirectX...didn't work.

    I unplugged the mouse...didn't work.

    I uninstalled the mouse...didn't work.

    Should I reinstall Windows?

    One more piece of information: I have 3 hard drives. My C: drive seems fine. My E: drive seems fine, but my D: drive appears to be failing. It may not be the only time, but the mouse thing happens when I'm defragmenting D: and try to do something else.
  9. paradoxos

    paradoxos TS Rookie Topic Starter

    This is still a problem. I also have seen it happen when I installed DirectX 9.0 (or whatever is the latest one.)

    One thing I did do (which helps when it happens so I can reboot) is turn on the option to press CTRL and it will create an animation to show you where your mouse is....

    hope we find a solution
  10. JohnNorman

    JohnNorman TS Rookie

    Hello there

    i have this problem and googled upon this site

    first things first turn on mouse trails and you can see your mouse pointer trails which is much easier for seeing your mouse

    now you can see what your doing lets get on to fixing this soloution

    that is taken from the microsoft site and i've done it and haven't had the problem since, but damn it i want hardware acceleration!

    well the problem seems to like to certin nVidia drivers

    going back to nVidia 66.93 drivers fixes this problem for most

    nVIidia need to fix this but they haven't done it yet

    here is a link to the file from a lovely site

    good luck i'll check back in a while to see how it's worked out
  11. fasteddiejle

    fasteddiejle TS Rookie

    I was having the same problem with my mouse. I tried your suggestion and it instantly fixed it.
  12. Kodiac

    Kodiac TS Rookie

    Greetings everyone, first post here. Like what I read so I joined the forum.

    I've been having this problem for some time and I tryed using the new 91.52 driver. For about a week I had no problems untill today and the mouse started freezing again. Downloading 66.93 now. Thankyou for the tip John.
  13. Beagle97

    Beagle97 TS Rookie

    Thank you so much!!

    This problem has been driving me insane. Thank you sooo much for the fix--and for the mention of the nvidia driver reference. How many times I have rebooted my computer to get my mouse back, and forgot that I had a file transfer going. It was enough to make me start to cringe when I was using the mouse and I had something else going on in the background.

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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