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robert sheldon Level 4 Level 4 (1,960 points)
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Aug 6, 2007 7:39 AM
I posted this problem months ago and am still having it. The curser just disappears. It is there but not visable. If you move the mouse down you can see the icons in the dock jump. If you move the mouse around it will eventually appear again. It's really a nusance.
Bob
FW800 dual 1.25 GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
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    Aug 6, 2007 8:55 AM (in response to robert sheldon)
    try System Prefs from Apple Menu. Universal Access. Mouse. Try fiddling around with the options BUT before you do make a note of the original settings by taking a picture of the screen (appleshift4) (drag hold down the mouse, drag over the window and let go) for later reference.
    iMac G5 Intel Core Duo 2, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)
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    Aug 6, 2007 9:22 AM (in response to robert sheldon)
    Bob --

    1. Does your mousepad have any decorations on it?
    To test if it's your mousepad, just use a plain piece of white paper
    under your mouse for a while. If it fixes your cursor problem, then
    you need a new plain mousepad.

    2. Have you cleaned your mouse lately?
    iMac Intel2 -1GB; Mac G4 17" FP, 1 GHz, 768 MB RAM, and Mac Mini upstairs, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Cable I'net; LaCie Ext. HD
  • Jpfresno Level 4 Level 4 (3,020 points)
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    Aug 6, 2007 10:49 AM (in response to ~Bee)
    Hi ~Bee and all,

    Is it not built in? If I move a page w 'page down' say or an arrow key the cursor disappears until I move it w the mouse. I just accept it as a 'feature.'
    11/06 Imac 17 Intel C2D 1 GB 667 MHz SDRam OWC Merc FWHD SuperDuper, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Do not start vast problems with a half vast mind.
  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)
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    Aug 9, 2007 11:23 AM (in response to robert sheldon)
    I would get a new very plain mousepad, robert.
    Thanks for the response that things are better.
    iMac Intel2 -1GB; Mac G4 17" FP, 1 GHz, 768 MB RAM, and Mac Mini upstairs, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Cable I'net; LaCie Ext. HD
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    Aug 13, 2007 8:35 AM (in response to robert sheldon)
    This sounds like correct behavior. For example, in TextEdit as soon as you start typing the mouse cursor disappears. That is intentional, so in case it is over the TextEdit window it won't get in your way. When you jiggle the mouse, it reappears.
    iMac G5 20-inch, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
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    Aug 19, 2007 4:28 PM (in response to robert sheldon)
    I am having the exact same problem on a MacPro quad core tower. Every once in while the mouse just completely disappears. I can use the keyboard to switch apps via cmd-tab and at the finder I can select items, open drives, etc. But the cursor never reappears.

    In order to avoide a force restart, I have to restart the machine using only keyboard commands. To do this I first cmd-tab to bring each running app to the front and then cmd-Q to quit them. Once all apps are gone, I use control-F2 to activate the Apple menu. From there I press the down arrow repeatedly until I get to the 'Restart' command. Then I press enter to initiate a restart.

    This is a very anoying problem that I hope Apple fixes soon. BTW.. I am running OS X 10.4.10. The only 'special' software I have installed is Xsan.

    John
    MacPro Quad Core, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Xsan, Xserve RAID
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    Sep 10, 2007 5:47 PM (in response to robert sheldon)
    The same thing happens on my iMac G4 running 10.4.10. It has happened occasionally over the last few months. I thought my son had added a custom cursor program but he only adjusted Universal Access. Sometimes switching users helps, other times it doesn't. I've tried repairing prefs, and it usually works for a short time.
    I'd love to completely fix this problem. It's annoying, and i know what I'm doing on this computer.
    iMac G4, Mac OS X (10.4.2)
  • David Bruce Calculating status...
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    Oct 24, 2007 3:38 PM (in response to robert sheldon)
    I'm having a disappearing cursor occasionally, and it seems to happen most when I'm using Safari. It is usually a temporary problem as I just move the mouse around a bit and it reappears eventually. I'm using a wireless super mouse, wireless keyboard, and have an additional monitor plugged into my MacBook, as well. Not a huge issue, but it would be better not to have this mysterious disappearance.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.10), also PowerMac G4, iMac G3s, iBook
  • Jpfresno Level 4 Level 4 (3,020 points)
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    Oct 24, 2007 4:31 PM (in response to David Bruce)
    *Hi David, Welcome* to Apple's Users Help Users Forums.

    Mine behaves that way too. I have simply gotten used to it.
    11/06 Imac 17 Intel C2D 1 GB 667 MHz SDRam OWC Merc FWHD SuperDuper, Mac OS X (10.4.10), *Do not start vast problems with a half vast mind.*
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