Sounds like a possible hardware issue if the mouse isn't being recognized.
Dim screen could be a VGA issue and that is solved by an edit to the bootline. (Or maybe install a graphics driver)
I found that out from reading a Fedora thread a long time ago and remember what one of our Guru's said--
Sorry I don't know how to edit the bootline with a parameter rhandwor; maybe smallpond knows how.
You could always fall back to an older kernel:-