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No Mouse Pointer on CentOS 5 May 1, 2007

Posted by devhen in CentOS, Fedora, Linux.

There is a bug with numerous NVidia graphics chips that causes the mouse pointer to be invisible in GNOME and GDM (possibly also KDE, I haven’t tried it). I discovered this bug on a fresh install of CentOS 5 but its possible that the issue also applies to CentOS 4 as well as Fedora releases. The fix is relatively easy and solved the problem for me on an nForce motherboard with a built-in GeForce 6100 video card. Edit your xorg.conf file and add the line Option "HWCursor" "off" to your videocard device section so that it looks something like this:

Fix for no mouse pointer