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Weird problem with mouse after installing grafic card

This is where you can ask questions and get and give help about hardware related issues. This Forum will be moderated by Taw with help from some other experts. So feel free to ask any questions you may have about computers.

Post Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:12 am

Weird problem with mouse after installing grafic card

Hope one of you guys can give me a hint:

I bought a new 6800 GT as a (final) update for my Not-THAT-new AGP-Comp (fine specs though). Before i always had ATIs.
So i uninstalled the ATI drivers, cleaned the registry and the cabs with Driver Cleaner Pro and installed the Nvidia Drivers (81.98 whql).

But since then I have a strange problem with my mouse: it freezes sooner or later on the right side of the screen (zone is about 5 cm). The comp works on - but mouse is dead.

Of course I reinstalled the mouse drivers, even different copies (MS, Logitech), but the problem persists.

Any ideas ?

Intel Pentium 4, Northwood, non-overclocked
Motherboard Asus P4T533-C Intel Tehama i850E
1 GB Rambus RAM

Post Thu Mar 09, 2006 10:16 am

what make is the card? is it BFG by any chance?

if it makes you feel any happier, you aren't the first nor will you be the last to have this problem. I suggest that you disable the hardware cursor and also use the generic Windows mouse driver and not the one's bundled with your rat.

I mentioned BFG because their cards are sold overclocked, that's how they get the impressive frame rates in their specs (its my understanding that the same problem occurs with Leadtek cards) and this is a very common problem with these cards.I would suggest you download a vga clocking utility and check what sppeds the core and the memory are running at, if they are high then try a bit of underclocking - don't worry you can't do any harm at all by underclocking.

Edited by - Tawakalna on 3/9/2006 10:23:05 AM

Post Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:16 am

Thanks. But I need some additional info.

It's this product from Gigabyte.

I asked about the odd mouse problem first on a German Forum - but nobody knew about.
Noobish question: how do I disable the "hardware cursor"? Never heard that before.
found something in the MS Knwoloedga database, but only fpr W98 - will check.

Edited by - zazie on 3/10/2006 7:59:19 AM

Post Fri Mar 10, 2006 3:04 pm

pooh don't bother with that, this is dead easy, zeds, i promises.

r click on desktop, go to properties>settings>advanced>troubleshoot, the knock the hardware acceleration slider back down to the left a notch (it should already be all the way to the right) This disables hardware acceleration for the mouse cursor provided by your graphics card and Windows will use software render - all other acceleration functions esp for games and video will be left unaltered.

if you're using animated or customised cursors, switch those off too.

and make sure you're def using directx9.0c and you haven't put an older version on by mishtake!

Edited by - Tawakalna on 3/10/2006 3:05:22 PM

Post Mon Mar 13, 2006 1:53 am

Thanks for your help, Taw.
I tried with the slider, but it did not solve the problem.

So I spent my weekend like this:
- Deleting as much als possible of my old stuff, deinstall of Software etc.etc.
- Collecting info on drivers, seeking for driver disks etc.
- Saving of about 160 GB data
- formatting
- installing XP SP1 and upgrading to SP2
- upgrading BIOS, MoBo-drivers, codecs (lost about 20 min for searching a FLOPPY DISK (!!) for the BIOS-flash - wth)
- trying everything back and forth on the mouse parameters

It seems to work now. But I was too fed up to really test.

As long as they work, computers are nice

Post Mon Mar 13, 2006 3:09 pm

well, swapping from ATi to Nvidia or vice-versa is quite a major undertaking as the respective driver suites are large and comprehensive. *Nasty File Remover* and *Catalyst RIP* are quite good at cleaning up the loose-ends even after a proper uninstall. A shame you had to go to such lengths but at least you have a nice clean system again now.

I'd recommend that you get a copy of Ghost and image your now tidy drive and back it up somewhere, then next time it'll be much easier and quicker to get up an running. I back up all my Ghost images over my network to my server and the server itself is imaged to a USB-hdd, the b*llache of re-installing and reconfiguring that thing is not something I'd like to repeat! Takes 2 days to do it all from scratch.

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