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Old 12-07-2006, 07:49 AM   #1
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No cursor in KDE

After getting Mandriva 2007 to install, I ran into a couple of problems. The first being caused by me not checking the screen resolution at the end of the install. When I booted, I couldn't see anything because the resolution and refresh rate were not compatible with my monitor. I fixed that, but noticed that there is no cursor when KDE starts. If you move the mouse, and it moves over a button, the button will highlight, but there is no cursor, it invisible. Also, when a window opens, the little clock that shows KDE is working on a command is visible, but goes away when completed. Has anyone else run into this problem? I'm wondering if I'll have to do another install the fix this. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Old 12-07-2006, 07:59 AM   #2
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If you can get into the Kde Control Center, click on Peripherals - Mouse and try to configure it.

From the keyboard, with the Kde menu displayed, use the up and down arrow keys to select menu items, then press enter.

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Old 12-07-2006, 10:28 AM   #3
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Tried everything I could in KDE, but no luck. Kind of difficult to see where the cursor is, and the arrow keys don't always move the cursor depending on the menu presented.
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Bet ya' a nickel you have an nVidia GPU. It's a known bug, but apparently not well known. It doesn't matter whether you use the 'nv' or the 'nvidia' drivers. It's an easy fix though.

  • Open a root terminal session or change to the root account from a standard terminal session.
  • Edit the X Windows configuration file.
root@weibullone ~ # nano -w /etc/X11/xorg.conf
  • Revise the "Device" section as follows:
	Identifier  "Videocard0"
	Driver      "nv"
	VendorName  "Videocard vendor"
	BoardName   "nVidia Corporation C51 PCI Express Bridge"
	## See RedHat Bug #182517
	Option      "HWCursor" "off"
  • Save the file and exit nano (or whatever you use).
  • Log out and log back in. Your mouse pointer should be restored.

Note: If you have this fix in place and install Compiz/XGL, you'll find that the mouse pointer disappears. Reverse this fix under Compiz/XGL.
Old 12-08-2006, 09:50 AM   #5
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Thanks for the the responce. I tried your suggestion, but no luck. I edited the file but still have no cursor. The funny thing is that in KMag, there is a cursor.

This is getting a little frustrating, but I guess I'll keep plodding along. The upside is I'm getting good at navigating the Desktop without a cursor. Sort of like Blind Mans Bluff.
Old 12-08-2006, 11:33 AM   #6
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After the second reboot, the cursor came up. Many thanks for the help


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