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Compac presario mouse stuck when on desktop but not on log in screen. little box on task bar with red through box

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your mouse must have some issue with the software that loads after you login,
if you remember the date last time your mouse was working fine, the best way will be to restore your system back to that date using system restore,
but when you do a system restore all the settings or program installed after that date are lost

For system restore start your system in safe mode
1) restart your system at the compaq logo start tapping the F8 key
2) you will be sent to a menu
3) select safe mode here
4) in safe mode follow the folling instructions for system restore in windows xp

  1. Log on to Windows as Administrator if you are not admin user
  2. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore. System Restore starts.
  3. On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Restore my computer to an earlier time (if it is not already selected), and then click Next.
  4. On the Select a Restore Point page, click the most recent system restore point in the On this list, click a restore point list, and then click Next.

    Note A System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click OK.
  5. On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer.
for system restore in windows vista use the following instructions
here is an helpfull link

this is will most likely solve your issue, if your issue gets resolved please do rate me.


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Get an external usb mouse, once you have it plugged in restart the computer. Then go into the device manager and uninstall your old mouse, unplug the usb mouse, then restart. That should fix your problem. Let me know if you need more details.

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