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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



1. Logi - May 21, 2007

thanks for that

2. Steve - July 8, 2007

It’s a problem in KDE as well. Thanks for the tip! I was stumped over this until coming across your post.

3. Patrick - July 29, 2007

Woo hoo! Thanks alot!

4. boby - August 19, 2007

This happened when i installed nvidia drivers on centos5 via yum from rpmforge, rebooted and no cursor. Simple but works – excellent fix!

5. thorolf - August 29, 2007

my captain, my king

thank you very much

6. Rickaroni - November 30, 2007


7. Kurt - May 15, 2008

Thank you for the info!

8. Raiuc - May 27, 2008

Thanks a lot, I had the same problem in a CentOS 5 installation.

9. joe - May 31, 2008

path ect/X11/xorg.conf
thank you very much!

worked like a charm

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11. Luis - July 31, 2008

Thanks a lot!
I installed CentOS 5.2 and the bug persists.

12. BT Wombat - October 2, 2008

This is still a problem in CentOS 5.2!

Many thanks for taking the time to list the fix πŸ™‚


13. Deepak - October 7, 2008

Excellent, You are a genius, I was ready to yank out CentOS.

14. Chris Lent - October 16, 2008

Thanks very much! The fix works like a charm.

15. Harshada - November 11, 2008

Hey.. Awesome fix! Thanks πŸ™‚

16. kiranMatta - November 11, 2008

Thanks very much for the Posting. Issue got resolved.

17. jbgoinsoon - December 11, 2008

WOW, I would have never thought about that type of change!

18. jbgoinsoon - December 11, 2008

Thanks a million!!!

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20. rajesh - September 1, 2009

i am entry level to cent os .i can’t do this about the same problem.
pl tell me the procedure to resolve this.

Thanks in advance.

21. rajesh - September 1, 2009

pl tell me the procedure.it’s very urgent.

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