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Old 12-26-03, 02:05 PM
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I have no mouse pointer on my screen and cannot get one back.

This happened to me a long time ago and for the life of me, I cannot remember how I solved it.
There is no mouse pointer on my screen. Iíve restarted numerous times. Iíve been able to change the pointer ďstyleĒ in control panel using the keyboard but that didnít make it appear. I canít figure out how to get up to ďmy computerĒ to access the device manager. My keyboard only tabs around the bottom control bar and not my desktop icons.

The only thing I havenít tried (which now seems obvious to me that Iím at work, away from my computer) is unplugging the mouse while itís off then starting up, replugging the mouse and seeing if it detects new hardware.

Otherwise Iím outta ideas.
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Does your mouse use a USB connection? If not, it has to be plugged in during the bootup in order to be detected.

You might want to try unplugging it, booting up, shutting down, plugging it back in and seeing what happens.
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The connectionís a funny thing. I donít know if it will have any bearing, but itís a cordless. It has a USB connection, but itís going into the back of the computer with a standard mouse-plug adaptor. Would I treat it as a normal mouse socket?
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If it is being adapted to a standard PS/2 port, then treat it as a standard non-USB device.
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did you try to directly connect via USB? what about trying another mouse?
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Your batteries in the mouse are dead, and your pointer is hidden slightly off screen, unable to move.
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Iíll try these suggestions when I get home. Thanks!
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use the keyboard to get into the device manager and uninstall any and all mice then reboot
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I tried to get into device manager, using tab and the arrow keys, but my choices were restricted to the lower menu bar and I canít get up there to the my computer icon.
Is there a way to get into device manager through explore or settings? Or one of those other start menu options. Theyíre all I got.
The unplug/plug thing might work too, so if I can get my little arrow back, Iíll maintenance device mgr.
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Originally posted by Kudama
Is there a way to get into device manager through explore or settings? Or one of those other start menu options.
Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> System -> Hardware tab -> Device Manager

Edit: Better yet, just hold the Start key on your keyboard and hit the pause button. This takes you straight to System Properties.

Do you perhaps have a regular wired mouse sitting around the house you could try?
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Thanks! I did not know that.

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