I've been struggling with the mouse freezing my computer since March 2004.
I've read an incredible amount of material on this topic and have tried almost all of the suggestions on this and other sites. I regularly run SpyBot, Spyware Blaster, Ad
-aware, AVG and Symantec. I've deleted the Cookies, History and Temp folders to no avail (I fortunately backed-up Cookies on a floppy diskette) and I’ve restored the Win98SE System files except those that could have been changed by MS
Updates. I've gone through the MSConfig/Start-up suggestions. I've updated drivers and have run RegClean and ScanReg /opt and /fix. I've cleaned the accumulated dust from the CPU
fans and reseated cards etc. None of the above has made a noticeable difference in the incidence of the computer freezing and eradicated the problem.
I was at the point of taking the big step of wiping the HDD
(with WD-Clear) and starting from scratch at square one.
But. Yesterday I came across the following:
Right click My Computer. Click Properties. Click the Performance Tab.
Under Advanced Settings, click Graphics which displays the following window:
Advanced Graphics Settings:
“These settings control how Windows uses your Graphics Hardware. They can help you trouble-shoot display-related problems”.
It then displays a ‘Hardware Acceleration’ scale:
[None . . . . Full] and a movable pointer
All accelerator functions. Use this setting if your computer has no problems.
One stop left of Full:
Most accelerator functions. Use this setting to correct PROBLEMS WITH
THE MOUSE POINTER. BINGO!!!
Two stops left of full:
Basic accelerator functions. Use this setting ................etc. etc.
No accelerator functions. Use this setting ....................etc.
Yes, 'One stop left of Full' does slow screen activity down a little but it is a joy compared to the aggravation of re-booting and losing what one has been working on umpteen times in a session. What a relief to be able to confidently drag the mouse pointer across the screen again - sometimes just touching the mouse used to freeze the computer.
This is working for me and there is no guarantee that it will work in every case but it's worth a try.
This solution of course does not address the underlying cause why one or more of the computer components can no longer operate successfully at full graphics acceleration.
But that is for another time. For now, I’m happy.