Invisible Mouse Pointer!!

During the InstallFest we faced a weird problem. The mouse was working but the mouse pointer was invisible. It was M$ optical mouse with nVidia video driver. So we first added the mouse device in /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

Section "InputDevice"

Identifier "Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "Protocol" "Auto"


Then we added the most crucial line in the nVidia driver section of xorg.conf. By default, HWCursor is on.

Section "Device"

Driver "nv"

Option "HWCursor" "Off" #New option


For more details of options of nVidia video driver “nv” see #man nv


One response to “Invisible Mouse Pointer!!

  1. This saved me some grief. Thanks!
    I shall look around to find out what HWCursor is, but setting it to Off has fixed it for me 🙂
    Thanks one again.