Invisible mouse pointer on RHEL desktop

Recently, I encountered a strange problem of invisible mouse cursor after a fresh install of RHEL 5 on my desktop. Invisible in the sense, that I could still use the mouse to click on icons if I managed to place the “invisible” cursor correctly on the icon. I tried to search for answers by “googling” and after following a few links, I finally got the desired link which helped me resolve this problem.

Following the steps given on this blog post on, I was able to get the invisible mouse cursor to become visible again.

The trick is to edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file by adding this line Option “HWCursor” “off” to your videocard device section such that it looks like the following:

Section "Device"
 Identifier  "Videocard0"
 Driver      "nv"
 Option      "HWCursor" "off"

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