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Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby teepo on Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:02 am

Hi, I'm using linux mint 14 with xfce4, Whenever the mouse goes to do a loading animation or just randomly it will either disappear or it will glitch into a weird square picture. For instance in firefox if i hover over a website with the cursor it disappears or glitches but if i hover at the top at the menus or whatever it shows the pointer sometimes. Also the I bar for text entry shows when I hover over a text box.

Another thing to note, is that the screen cuts off a tiny bit on the right side, is their software to correct this or should I just mess with the settings on my monitor? :?:

If it's any help my pc has geforce 6100SE onboard graphics and my graphics driver is experimental 304, i tried installing the newer one but that just messed everything up and I had to use the shell at bootup to fix everything
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Re: Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby teepo on Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:05 am

Also, every now and then if I log out and log back in.. if I get realllllyyy lucky the mouse cursor problem is fixed until I turn the computer off or log back out.
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Re: Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby caf4926 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:06 am

Also the I bar for text entry shows when I hover over a text box.
This is normal

Have you or can you try a different Mouse?

Did you try the nvidia driver as supplied via the sources?
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Re: Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby teepo on Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:12 am

I can't try another mouse right now, i just moved and most of my crap is in storage..

ummm..

when I search via synaptic package manager for nvidia

the only drivers that i can see are nvidia-experimental-304 and nvidia-experimental-310.

experimental-304 is installed and if i try 310 it screws everything up.
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Re: Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby caf4926 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:31 am

Try marking for removal the current driver
And mark to install
nvidia-current

Or the code would be

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sudo apt-get remove nvidia-experimental-304


and then

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sudo apt-get install nvidia-current
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Re: Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby teepo on Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:33 am

I tried removing nvidia-experimental-304 and replacing with nvidia-current-updates, but that was a no go, everything booted up fine but the minute i opened an application everything froze.

I'll try again but this time replace experimental-304 with nvidia-current
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Re: Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby caf4926 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:49 am

When you boot the live DVD. How is the mouse?
That would be using nouveau
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Re: Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby teepo on Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:55 am

I couldn't say, I don't even have the live dvd anymore, however I removed nvidia-settings-experimental-304 and replaced with nvidia-settings, I also replaced nvidia-experimental-304 with nvidia-current and it is running beautifully so far :D

I'll restart to confirm that it's still fine
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Re: Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby teepo on Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:00 am

Ok, it froze the second boot when i tried opening firefox, now it didn't freeze, the cursor displays when i hover over websites, but if i hover over textboxes or links it glitches/disappears :(
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Re: Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby caf4926 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:03 am

All I ever do post install is:

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sudo apt-get install nvidia-current


But the GPU version you have seems to ring a bell in my brain.
Could that be because it's problematic.
I'll see if I can find anything
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Re: Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby teepo on Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:08 am

caf4926 wrote:All I ever do post install is:

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sudo apt-get install nvidia-current


But the GPU version you have seems to ring a bell in my brain.
Could that be because it's problematic.
I'll see if I can find anything


Ok.

I restarted and the problem is fixed again, it seems i get lucky far more often with this driver.
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Re: Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby caf4926 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:11 am

Could be worth telling us which version of Mint
As if you are employing effects, this might exacerbate the issues on such a modest GPU

Also - Are you using the Mint bootloader?
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Re: Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby teepo on Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:24 am

I'm using linux mint 14, I'm also fairly certain i'm using grub.. how do i check if i'm using mint bootloader?
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Re: Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby caf4926 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:26 am

teepo wrote:I'm using linux mint 14, I'm also fairly certain i'm using grub.. how do i check if i'm using mint bootloader?


Mint 14 Cinnamon? or Mate? or KDE?

I was wondering if you had multiple distros installed and were perhaps using the grub bootloader of another distro to boot Mint?
But it doesn't sound like you are. So ignore me.
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Re: Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby teepo on Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:34 am

I'm using mint 14 xfce..

I used the system information utility to generate a hardware report, here's some of the most crucial information from that report, I guess.

Display
Resolution 1440x900 pixels
Vendor The X.Org Foundation
Version 1.13.0
Monitors
Monitor 0 1440x900 pixels
Extensions
BIG-REQUESTS
Composite
DAMAGE
DOUBLE-BUFFER
DPMS
DRI2
GLX
Generic Event Extension
MIT-SCREEN-SAVER
MIT-SHM
NV-CONTROL
NV-GLX
RANDR
RECORD
RENDER
SECURITY
SHAPE
SYNC
X-Resource
XC-MISC
XFIXES
XFree86-DGA
XFree86-VidModeExtension
XINERAMA
XINERAMA
XInputExtension
XKEYBOARD
XTEST
XVideo

OpenGL
Vendor NVIDIA Corporation
Renderer GeForce 6150SE nForce 430/integrated/SSE2
Version 2.1.2 NVIDIA 304.43
Direct Rendering Yes

Processor 2x AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 240 Processor
Memory 2824MB (514MB used)
Operating System Linux Mint 14 Nadia
Date/Time Thu 28 Feb 2013 01:29:13 AM EST

Display
Resolution 1440x900 pixels
OpenGL Renderer GeForce 6150SE nForce 430/integrated/SSE2
X11 Vendor The X.Org Foundation
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Re: Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby teepo on Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:37 am

Kernel Linux 3.5.0-17-generic (x86_64)
Compiled #28-Ubuntu SMP Tue Oct 9 19:31:23 UTC 2012
C Library Unknown
Default C Compiler GNU C Compiler version 4.7.2 (Ubuntu/Linaro 4.7.2-2ubuntu1)
Distribution Linux Mint 14 Nadia
Desktop Environment XFCE 4
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Re: Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby teepo on Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:48 am

something I've come to notice.

Sometimes when I boot, I get a grub menu, with the ability to choose memtest, etc. Sometimes, I do not, but more often I do not.

it seems that when I get the grub menu, the mouse cursor is fine, but if i don't get the grub menu the mouse is glitchy.
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Re: Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby caf4926 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:10 am

Well, that it's kind of random is difficult to pin it down.
It probably needs someone more educated than me on this
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Re: Disappearing/glitching mouse cursor

Postby djeverest on Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:40 am

Guys, i found a simple solution to fix this problem. Simply switch back to the NOUVEAU video driver and the cursor will be ok again.

This is what you got to do: go to your linux start menu, then control center, then look for the SYSTEM section and find the "hardware drivers" icon and clic on it. Then enter your root password and in the list that pops up select the "xserver-xorg-video-nouveau" and finally clic on apply changes and restart your PC.

After that, you should be able to work fine with your cursor, without disappearing or glitching (at least this worked for me and hope it works for you too). :mrgreen:
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