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Old 08-22-2010, 12:59 PM   #1
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Puppy 5.0.1: three cursors = 1 cursor + 2 shadows

I can't get this problem addressed in the Puppy Linux Forum, so I thought I'd try here. The original Puppy Forum post is at:

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I did a full install of Puppy 5.0.1 onto an 11 year old HP Omnibook XE2-DB notebook. It's got a SiliconMotion SM811 LynxE graphics card. The Puppy installation occupies the full 4.6GB HD except for a 517MB linux swap partition (256MB of RAM).

I had a hard time getting XWindows set up on the 800x600 LCD display, but going with "Probe" and accepting 800x600x16 worked. I've got a 24 bit deep graphics card at 800x600 resolution. Neither "siliconmotion" driver nor VESA worked for me.

I've got 3 cursors all the time. Can I turn cursor shadows off? I don't see how to do it in mouse setup.

The three cursors are there for the general pointer cursor, the text I-beam cursor and the link right hand with index finger extended cursor.

Old 08-30-2010, 11:26 PM   #2
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I've heard of disappearing cursors but not anything like you are experiencing.

Best I can do is show you a thread. from the last post.


PostPosted: Wed 03 Sep 2008, 04:41 Post subject: mouse pointer
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It could be a problem with the video card. I got this fix from Richard Pace:

"The workaround is to disable hardware cursor in xorg.conf.
Add the following line in the device section for your video card:
Option "HWCursor" "off"

Let me know if it works!
from a 2008 thread

Also. After installing a Liquorix Kernel in my AntiX 8.5 instsll I lost tap on my Asus 701SD. I don't know if it will helo but I will post what I did yo fix it any ways. I fixed it by fooling my /etc/modprobe.d into thinking my touchpad was a ps2 mouse. Can't guarantee this fix will work for your problem in Puppy (I run Dingo,Puppeee,NOP)

In Antix I went to /etc/modprobe.d

I made a new blank text file called psmouse.conf

I typed into it

options psmouse proto=imps
Which basically tells my new kernel that I have a ps2 mouse instead of a pad mouse. Believe it or not this fixed the tap function for me.

Won't hurt to try it as you can delete the text file if it does not help.

Last edited by rokytnji; 08-30-2010 at 11:30 PM.
Old 09-07-2010, 12:27 PM   #3
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Thumbs up Thank you rokytnji!!

Just adding the line:

Option "HWCursor" "off"

to the Xorg.conf file in the right place fixed my cursor problem.

I'm a sooper noob in Linux land and put the 11 year old laptop aside after booting up to find a cursor plus 2 shadows.

Now I suppose I'll have to learn how to use Linux.

Anyway, thanks a lot.
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