Cursor disappears after upgrade to 13.1

After I upgrade to 13.1 from 12.3 and I reboot the cursor disappears. I know the mouse is still active because I can see the changes in the icons on the desktop. This happens if I do either an upgrade where I simple upgrade or if I reformat the /, /usr and /opt partitions. I am using xfce. I have tried reformatting the partitions, upgrading from a cd and changing the repositories in yast from 12.3 to 13.1. In every case as soon as I reboot the cursor disappears. Any ideas as to the problem?

Create a new user account and test it to see if this behaviour exists there.

I will try that, but it will take me awhile to do it.


Same thing happened. It took me awhile to reply as I had to reinstall 12.3 to get the cursor back, so that I could easily use the desktop.

You can log into a terminal and fix things. It is probably as suggested a personal setting problem, though it could be video related. So what video and what driver???

I am experiencing this with my mouse pointer too. If I get to settings, then ‘do something’, it comes back and is fine after that. I haven’t figured out what it is that makes it work, but it’s fine after that. Very annoying.

video card ATI and the driver is radeon

I am sorry, I should have said that my video card is an ATI Radeon HD5450 1gb.

This might be an ancient issue that seems to crop up every now and then, mainly being a buggy HWCursor implementation in the drivers.

You could try adding;
Option “SWCursor” “on”
Option “HWCursor” “off”

To xorg.conf or to a suitable file in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ , like say 50-device.conf.

Remember to make backups of any files you change and know how to restore them if they break XOrg